In his April 2012 conference talk, Elder Russell M. Nelson refers to the “big bang”:
Yet some people erroneously think that these marvelous physical attributes [of the human body] happened by chance or resulted from a big bang somewhere. Ask yourself, “Could an explosions in a printing shop produce a dictionary?” The likelihood is most remote. But if so, it could never heal its own torn pages or reproduce its own new editions!
This statement seems decidedly anti-science and it is disappointing coming from a Mormon apostle, particularly one with Elder Nelson education. Science can certainly explain a lot about the creation of the earth and the evolution of man. And this in no way demeans God. The old “printing shop” question is a tired chestnut and unworthy of Elder Nelson.
Elder Nelson goes on to preach:
We know that prophets of many dispensations, such as Adam, Noah, Moses, and Abraham, all taught of the divinity of our Heavenly Father and of Jesus Christ. . .
As more and more LDS Church members come to realize that Genesis 1-3 is a metaphor, referring back to early prophets will become increasingly problematic. We Mormons need to rethink our literal interpretations of the early books of the OT.
Since the death of Apostle John A. Widtsoe in 1952, there has not been a Church leader willing to step up and help the membership with issues related to science and Mormonism. We need such a leader, more now than ever before. The progress in science and technology is accelerating. We need leaders who can deal with a rapidly changing world.