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by W. John Walsh
Elder Bruce R. McConkie taught:
Kolob means "the first creation." It is the name of the planet "nearest to the celestial, or the residence of God." It is "first in government, the last pertaining to the measurement of time. . . . One day in Kolob is equal to a thousand years according to the measurement of this earth." (Book of Abraham, pp. 34-35; Abra. 3:3-9.) ( Mormon Doctrine, p.428)
Please note that Kolob is the nearest planet to the residence of God, not the residence itself.
A well know mormon Hymn also teaches about Kolob (in the Mormon church, Hymns are also considered scripture). "If You Could Hie to Kolob" asks questions about the eternities and reminds those who sing the hymn of the eternal nature of God.
In Utah, Kolob National Park has been named after the scriptural location - perhaps because of the great beauty of the area within Kolob National Park.
(See Basic Beliefs home page; Teachings About the Godhead home page; Teachings About God the Father home page; The Creation home page)
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