To that we present the following as evidence that the modern prophets and apostles still teach the story of Noah as a literal story involving a global flood (emphasis added): January 1998 Ensign Still other people accept parts of the Flood story, acknowledging that there may have been a local, charismatic preacher, such as Noah, and a localized flood that covered only a specific area of the world, such as the region of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers or perhaps even the whole of Mesopotamia.
Yet these people do not believe in a worldwide or global flood.
The Articles of Faith teach us that the Lord "will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God" (A of F 1:9).
Some say that God gives to His children as needed, and that it is not important that He gives all of the answers to man because they must work out their own understanding by study and by faith.
Many of these Biblical traditions were believed as literal events by most of the general population in the 1800s as well.
These include: Significant details & problems which some Latter-day Saints may not have thought about Many of the things which were commonly believed in the 1800s and even in the early part of the 1900s, by both LDS and non LDS people, are now being thought of as fables by many people.
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.
Some believing, educated saints realize that the global flood story of Noah isn't likely literally true.
They say that the early LDS prophets may have taught that but the current ones don't so it's perfectly fine to not believe in the story of Noah as a global flood.
By modern revelation we know that for more than a century, Noah pleaded with the people to repent, but in their willful stubbornness they would not listen. Petersen, “Follow the Prophets,” , Nov 1981, 64 The Lord further indicated that all flesh was corrupt in those days, and so he brought forth the flood and destroyed all flesh except Noah and his family.
Therefore, we are all descendants of righteous Noah.
But the family concept is under very serious attack today all over the world.