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.
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.
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.
We are assured that these events actually occurred by the multiple testimonies of God's prophets.In fact, the details of the flood are not known to us [Widtsoe, p. —, "Earth" These people were so wicked that they were no longer allowed to pollute the earth by their presence on it or to bring innocent spirits into its decadent environment. Kent Nielsen, “The Gospel and the Scientific View: How Earth Came to Be,” Ensign, Sep 1980, 67 Is not today much like Noah's day when the population of the earth was wiped out in the flood and but eight righteous souls were spared?The Lord decreed that all living things would be destroyed by flood, with the exception of a faithful few who would be spared so that God could begin anew his creative work and reestablish his covenant among men. Jackson, “An Age of Contrasts: From Adam to Abraham,” Ensign, Feb 1986, 28 The worldwide flood of Noah's time has been accepted as a benchmark historical event by Jews and Christians for thousands of years..worldwide flood of Noah's time, so upsetting to a restricted secular view, fits easily into place. Some doubt that there was a flood, but by modern revelation we know that it did take place.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.