If scriptures such as the Book of Mormon and Book of Abraham, which were translated accurately in the 1800s, show that events they reference as true events never really happened, then this creates a serious problem in establishing the credibility of those LDS scriptures.
The LDS church teaches that the flood of Noah was a literal global and worldwide event, and that the flood was the Earth's baptism.
Of course, there are still many people that believe in the literal interpretation of these events.
However, more people are questioning their historical accuracy due to scientific reasoning, testing, and discovery.
January 1998 Ensign, articles are all approved by the First Presidency and almost considered scripture.] "There was the great Flood, when waters covered the earth and when, as Peter says, only 'eight souls were saved'" - Gordon B. This teaching was given by Joseph Smith and is still accepted as true doctrine. It was the baptism of the earth, and that had to be by immersion.
Hinckley, If We Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear, 175th Semi-Annual General Priesthood Meeting Link is here. Given this teaching, Mormons have to accept the flood as a global phenomenon." (, Bruce Mc Conkie, "Adam-Ondi-Ahman" p. If the water did not cover the entire earth, then it was not baptized, for the baptism of the Lord is not pouring or sprinkling.
And, according to Joseph Smith, when one embraces truth, "the shackles of superstition, bigotry, ignorance, and priestcraft, fall at once from his neck; and his eyes are opened to see the truth." The modern-day LDS Church rarely gives definitive statements on many scientific topics that the earlier prophets previously taught as gospel, but some are clearly still taught as literal events today such as the Great Flood and the Tower of Babel, which are also supported by LDS scripture.
Although many statements abound from LDS authors embracing the search for truth and knowledge no matter the source, when there is a conflict between the LDS position and science, there seems to be two ways of dealing with it: 1) Faith overrides science as this Thomas S. No true scientist will say that we have final, exact answers through scientific research; it is an ongoing, learning process.
Both of these groups—those who totally deny the historicity of Noah and the Flood and those who accept parts of the story—are persuaded in their disbelief by the way they interpret modern science.
They rely upon geological considerations and theories that postulate it would be impossible for a flood to cover earth's highest mountains, that the geologic evidence (primarily in the fields of stratigraphy and sedimentation) does not indicate a worldwide flood occurred any time during the earth's existence.
The writer of Genesis made a faithful report of the facts known to him concerning the flood.