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Department of Astronomy
If You Could Hie to KOLOB
If you could hie to Kolob in the twinkling of an eye,
And then continue onward with the speed of light to fly**,
D'ye think that you could ever, through all eternity,
Find out the generation where Gods began to be?
Or see the grand beginning, where
space did not extend?
Or view the last creation where Gods and matter end?
Methinks the Spirit whispers, "No man has found
Nor seen the outside curtains, where nothing has a place.
The works of God continue, and worlds and lives abound;
Improvement and progression have one eternal round.
There is no end to matter; there is no end to space;
There is no end to spirit; there is no end to race.
** Revision 6-8-2002
Kolob is a star or planet
described in Mormon scripture. Reference to Kolob is found in the
Book of Abraham,
a work published by Joseph Smith, Jr., the inventor of Mormonism.
According to Smith, Kolob is the heavenly body nearest to the throne or
residence of God. While the Book of Abraham refers to Kolob as a "star",
it also refers to planets as stars, and therefore, some LDS apologists
consider Kolob to be a planet.
Kolob has recently been identified by modern astronomical object and is
recognized as an ancient concept by modern Mormon Egyptologist. Kolob is
discussed in modern LDS religious contexts and it is periodically a
topic of discussion in criticism of Mormonism.
The idea of Kolob has been monetized. it appears within LDS culture, and
there is an LDS hymn about it. Kolob is also the inspiration for the
planet Kobol within the Battlestar Galactica universe, created by
Glen A. Larson, a Mormon.