Going To Kolob   ...It revolves near the planet OLIBLISH.   Sheet music.

<-- You are Here<
             
^
    Planet Kolob - You are HERE

Photo courtesy Department of Astronomy
Brigham Young University

        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 'pure space',"
      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

  If you could hie to Kolob:  Listen to the MIDI  file 

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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.



 
Links:

Mormons on Space Travel

Humor pages

Heaven's Gate

Play it again,
Zork!
(MIDI)

" If We Could Hie to Kolob"
 
Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Mormons do not sing this song as much as they once sang it.
 
 Some Mormon scholars believe that it ought to be banned because it is about space travel, and might lead to ridicule by skeptics.
 
 
 (Some believers have been observed only to mouth words during service, not wanting to contribute to added ridicule!).

 


Kolob Canyons, Utah

Some Mormon scholars say that Kolob is not a planet -- it is a star. Other Mormon scholars think that KOLOB's stellar status would only make things worse --
It  would simply be too hot

"The notion of traveling to the stars is a concept compelling enough to recur in countless cultural artifacts, from Roman poetry to 20th-century popular music. So ingrained has the concept become that when novelists, poets or lyricists write of reaching for the stars, it is instantly understood as a kind of cultural shorthand for striving for the unattainable."

-- Stephanie D. Leifer, Scientific American, February 1999.

Other Mormon Music attributed to be the Kolob song:

"Kingsfold"

Video on YOU TUBE here

A Dirty Song: God Will Fuck you Up

 

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