"And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found."
Verse 18 talks about an earthquake larger than man has ever seen... I'm not sure if that is the reason for the lack of islands and mountains, or an additional thing that will happen. Either way, it is difficult to imagine our world without islands and mountains. Like Nebraska... but everywhere. :)
Anyway, if you want to go rock climbing, go soon. :) heh heh. :) And, I guess it will be a lot easier to get to Hawaii. Though, you know... it says that they will flee. I don't know if that means that they will join the mainland, or if they will flee somewhere else. Same for the mountains... will they not be found because they fled to the same place the islands went, or will they just distribute their mass because they are shaking so much? It would be kind of cool if Greenland moved down a little and joined North America... :) Anyway, I know... I am joking too much, but don't you think that a lot of these things, even though they are kind of scary... are also immensely fascinating? I *love* mountains, but it will be interesting to see the geologic changes that make them unable to be found. Some of the things that it predicts in the scriptures are so hard to picture... but you know that they will happen, and I think watching it unfold will be awesome (as in filled with awe, not as in like, that is, like totally, like... awesome, dude...). I wonder if it will all be because of the huge earthquake... and think of the massiveness of that if it is going to shake down the mountains. ... If it can shake down the mountains, what of our modern society will it NOT shake down? It was interesting to see, during the recent tragedy, how people came together in a lot of ways... past grievances forgotten, the unsealable rift in Congress temporarily forgotten in support of mutual enemies to our way of life... and you think of the people in Third Nephi who joined together at the temple and were there to witness Christ coming to the American continent. Will we, when the islands flee and we can't find the mountains... will we join together, finally, as a world?