SCIENCE: The primary evidence for dark matter comes from calculations showing that many galaxies would behave quite differently if they did not contain a large amount of unseen matter. (Dark Matter, Wikipedia)
Sound familiar. Perhaps you have read this scripture.
SCRIPTURE: “There is no such thing as immaterial matter. All spirit is matter but it is more fine or pure, and can only be discerned by purer eyes; We cannot see it; but when our bodies are purified we shall see that it is all matter.” (Doctrine & Covenants 131:7-8, May 1843)
Big Bang model picture below is from, Mind Matters, Theoretical Physicist: Can’t Avoid a Beginning for Our Universe, by News August 20, 2022.
I have been writing blogs for almost a year proposing that our universe began mainly with dark matter which I have suggested is spiritual matter. I assumed because we cannot see dark matter or anything spiritual for that matter (pun intended) — that the further the James Webb Space Telescope peeked into the past all would become darkness. Instead more and more beautiful pictures were coming forth. On July 20, 2022 a red smudged photo was declared the oldest galaxy every observed. This galaxy is said to have emerged just 300 million years after the Big Bang.
The James Webb Space Telescope is still capturing some of the oldest galaxy images and reevaluating how old they really are. We know for sure they are very old. Redshift is the measurement of reddish light wavelengths to understand how far away a galaxy is and how old it may be. I began to wonder if dark matter can cause light to be red-shifted and if it is actually dark matter we are detecting by gravitational lensing. July 29 2022, Jacinta Bowler, wrote article in Cosmos Magazine, “Scientists use James Webb Space Telescope image to measure distance of (gravitationally) lensed galaxies.” (Gravitationally added by M. Kasey from information in Bowler article.)
SCIENCE: Today the approximate total mass-energy content of the universe contains 5% ordinary matter and energy, 27% dark matter, and 68% of a form of energy called dark energy. Dark matter may be composed of some as-yet-undiscovered subatomic particles. Dark matter is classified as “cold,” “warm,” or “hot” according to its velocity (more precisely, its free streaming length). Current models favor a cold dark matter scenario, in which structures emerge by the gradual accumulation of particles. Dark matter does not bend light itself; mass bends spacetime. Light follows the curvature of spacetime, resulting in the lensing effect. (Notes from Wikipedia – Dark Matter)
SCRIPTURE: “First spiritual, secondly temporal, which is the beginning of my work; and again, first temporal, and secondly spiritual, which is the last of my work–” (D&C 29:32)
SCIENCE: Ordinary matter is affected by radiation, which is the dominant element of the universe at very early times. As a result, its density perturbations are washed out and unable to condense into structure. If there were only ordinary matter in the universe, there would not have been enough time for density perturbations to grow into the galaxies and clusters currently seen. Dark matter provides a solution to this problem because it is unaffected by radiation. Therefore, its density perturbations can grow first. The resulting gravitational potential acts as an attractive potential well for ordinary matter collapsing later, speeding up the structure formation process. (Notes from Wikipedia, Dark Matter)
SCIENCE: 13.7 billion years ago the estimated division of total energy in the universe was 10% neutrinos, 15% photons, 12% atoms, and 63% dark matter.
It appears because of the high percentage of dark matter, what JWST is seeing in the long ago past is dark matter. If dark matter is indeed spiritual dark matter that would account for 7 billion years of spiritual creation followed by more than 6.7 billion years of physical creation so far.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: First spiritual dark matter to secondly form temporal physical normal matter, which is the beginning. And again, first temporal, when the normal matter decays and runs it course, and secondly returns to everlasting spiritual dark matter for further progress in God’s great work. (D&C 29:32)