Your Questions About For Those In Peril On The Sea

February 11, 2014

Lizzie asks…

What is taking all of the oil out of the earth doing to our earth???

admin answers:

Nothing that the earth hasn’t been doing without us for millions of years. It’s called the carbon cycle.

Most of the oil ever formed on Earth has already been released back to the atmosphere by plate tectonics. Billions of barrels of oil have been formed and released by natural processes, often very gradually, but sometimes catastrophically. Evidence of this can be seen all over the world. In terms of ocean oil spills alone, about 63 MILLION gallons of oil naturally seep to the oceans surface each year. TEN THOUSAND gallons a day seep up along the coast of Santa Barbara in California from natural seeps. Many oil seeps are not under the ocean, so that figure does not include surface seeps on land, which are considerable. I drive past a natural surface oil seep regularly that seeps about 50 gallons a day. Most of this oil evaporates and is broken down in the atmosphere. Other seeps contain microbes that digest the oil and naturally convert it to carbon dioxide and some methane.


Here is an example of natural oil seeps in California:

There is even a significant amount over time of natural gas and oil that actually migrates naturally upwards through the earth to the surface. This can and is measured by oil companies who are looking for places to drill. Chances are, if you live above an oil or gas field, there are very small but measurable amounts of oil and gas in the atmosphere around you that have seeped naturally to the surface.

The issue that you are alluding to is that by removing oil very rapidly over the last 150 years, we have created an excess of carbon in the earth’s atmosphere that may change our climate. Keep in mind that during many periods in the ancient past, long before man had evolved, there were periods of higher carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere than today. Life did thrive on the planet during these periods, it just wasn’t us. The earth, and its life forms adapted and evolved. The threat today is if WE can evolve quickly enough to survive the changes we may be causing. Obviously, if we cause a rapid enough change that affects sea level and climate, most of our cities will be in peril and the devices of human civilization are likely to fail. The Earth, however, is likely to continue to exist and change as it has for billions of years.

Helen asks…

What are 5 other famous shipping disasters apart from the Titanic?


admin answers:

The Sultana – On April 27, 1865, the steamboat Sultana, some seven miles north of Memphis, Tennessee, carrying 2,300 just-released Union prisoners of war, plus crew and civilian passengers, exploded and sank. Some 1,700 people died.

The Eastland – Early on the morning of Saturday, July 24, 1915, with a light rain falling and the air filled with much anticipation and excitement, thousands were gathering along the Chicago River for Western Electric’s fifth annual employee picnic. In fact, over 7,000 tickets had been purchased.

The S.S. Eastland, known as the “speed queen of the Great Lakes,” was part of a fleet of five excursion boats assigned to take Western Electric employees, their families and friends across Lake Michigan to Michigan City, Indiana, for the day’s festivities.

But the Eastland, docked at the Clark Street Bridge, never left the Chicago River. It instead rolled into the river at the wharf’s edge with over 2,500 passengers, including crew members, on board. Over 800 people lost their lives, including 22 entire families.

The USS Indianapolis – There are few tragedies at sea that capture one’s imagination and fear more than the nightmare which took place under the glow of the moon, on a hot and steamy summer’s night, just after midnight on July 30, 1945. This tragedy took the lives of 883 souls. Only 316 survived to tell of the horrors.

The Mary Celeste – On December 5, 1872 the Mary Celeste was found adrift with all soles on board missing and no signs of violence. This one incident among many was made famous by being the subject of a book authored by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle(pre-Sherlock Holmes).

The Edmund Fitzgerald – On November 10, 1975 the Fitzgerald left Superior, Wisconsin carrying 26,000 tons of iron ore pellets, bound for Detroit. Though the day was bright, in her path lay a terrible storm with 60 MPH winds and waves in excess of 15 feet. As the storm built, her experienced Captain Ernest McSorley bore north across Lake Superior, seeking the relative shelter of the Canadian shore and Whitefish Bay.

Luck was not with the ship or the crew. The radar system and its backup failed. The storm took out the power to Whitefish Point’s light and radio beacon. Though the light was brought back on line, the radio beacon was not. The Arthur M. Anderson, another ship within 10 miles of the Fitzgerald, received reports that the ship was listing to the starboard and of other structural damages to the vessel. At 7:10 PM, Captain McSorley delivered what was to be his final message:
“We’re holding our own.”
The Arthur M. Anderson lost the Fitzgerald’s image on its radar screensat 7:25 PM. The ship and crew of 29 men, sank to the bottom of Lake Superior.

It was made famous by a song in remembrance of the ship by Gordon Lightfoot:

When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck sayin’.
Fellas, it’s too rough to feed ya.
At Seven P.M. A main hatchway caved in, he said
Fellas, it’s been good t’know ya
The captain wired in he had water comin’ in
And the good ship and crew was in peril.
And later that night when his lights went outta sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Andrea Doria, Oceanos, and Achille Laurel are some famous sea disasters.


James asks…

Spiritually, do you ever feel like Sisyphus?Like you are pushing that rock up the hill until it rolls over you?

Try try try again seems futile can anyone give me scripture verses referencing triumph over adversity?

admin answers:

Personally, I feel more like the rock. I’m being shoved and pushed, and every time I fall down the hill, little pieces are being chipped away.

And that’s how it’s supposed to be. Every trial refines us. Every hardship makes us stronger. We may not WANT to be stronger, of course, but isn’t that the goal of this life?

Someone else already gave you a scripture that fit what you were looking for. However, if I may add a few:

2 Ne. 2:11

11 For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so…righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad…
12 Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation. Wherefore, this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the power and the mercy, and the justice of God.

2 Ne. 2:22-25
22 And now , behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were created, and they must have remained forever, and had no end.
23 And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin.
24 But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.
25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.

And there’s nothing more comforting then the words given to Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail.

D&C 121: 7-9:
7. My son, peace be unto they soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;
8 And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all they foes.
9 They friends do stand by thee, and they shall hail the again with warm hearts and friendly hands.

D&C 122: 5-7
5If thou are called to pass through tribulation; if thou art in perils among false brethren; if thou art in perils among robbers; if thou art in perils by land or by sea;
6 If thou art accused with all manner of false accusations; if thine enemies fall upon thee…
7 And if thou shoulds be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep…and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.
8 The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than He?
9 Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what they can do, for Go shall be with thee forever and ever.

You may feel that your trials aren’t doing anything for you, but you’re not God. As an imperfect, limited human, you can’t see beyond your pain and your exhaustion. God, though, sees the big picture. He knows what you’re gaining from each trial, even if you don’t. He knows what you stand to lose if you don’t go through this. Have patience and trust in Him. Whether you’re Sisyphus or the rock, He’s still beside you, watching over you.

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