I have a personal witness of the Book of Mormon. Thus I dread every fourth year,
when we study it. For me, the book is an astoundingly rich source for insights,
both intellectual and spiritual. Yet most members are wedded to narrow views of
it. Case in point, I see nothing in the book that indicates that it is a story
of the ancestors of any of the Native American groups we know. Never mind that
DNA testing confirms that these beautiful people are from Central Asia, there
are simply no similarities to their archaeological histories and the histories
recorded in the Book of Mormon. I also have a testimony of the callings of all
the leaders of the Restored Church, but they were and are just men, subject to
speculative errors. My point is this: We shut the door on missionary work to
educated people when we insist on non-scriptural doctrines, no matter what their
Have you read the nephite code. Author is adamant that before Columbus everyone
here was descended from Lehi or Mulek and there were no Jaredite survivors.thing is obviously descendents of Lehi are on the American Continent.
But not inclusive. Of course there is posterity of Sam, Nephi, Jacob, Joseph
and Zoram. And I would not be surprised that if there are Jaredite Remnants
Ether did not see. Author of NephiteCode thinks it blaspehmous to think
otherwise. Nephite and Jaredit nation and culture were destroyed not every
individual one. And there were many groups of people that came here we had no
knowledge of I think. Like the Vikings there just wasn't much colonization
before Columbus or going back and forth.
There are indeed many things we don't know about the Book of Mormon people,
particularly their DNA. The mitochondrial DNA is passed from mother to
daughter, but what do we know of Sariah or her daughters? What do we know of
the wife/wives of Ishmael? What do we know of the women in Mulek's group of
travelers?I have also never heard that in comparing peoples through
DNA testing, that one could determine for sure which way groups of people
traveled. People who lived in the Americas could have traveled to Asia as
easily as vice versa. And from what I have read, there has been some scholarly
work indicating that some settlements in the Americas pre-date those in the
I think its crazy that members of the church try to prove the book of mormon
with scientific methods. Spiritual things require faith.No one tries
to prove the Red Sea, in fact, parted. No one tries to prove Noah actually
gathered two animals of every kind.Prove Jesus is the Savior.Spiritual things require faith and a testing of that faith. You have to
exhibit some trust that God is real, that Jesus is real, and that miracles can
Mitochondrial DNA goes from mother to child (either son or daughter).
While anything can be accepted on faith, there is no evidence that the American
Indian is descended from Jews. To read this as an adult and believe it to be
true is amazing for an Indian. For example, the wheel was pivotal in the
civilization of the Old World, but is found only on a couple of toys in Mexico
in the New World. It is difficult to imagine that people would travel from the
Middle East to America and never use the wheel. Believe what you want as an
article of faith, but it is false doctrine to assert it as fact.
Ever notice that using history to prove anything is pretty much useless? Yep.
tis. And using science to prove science contradicts the fundamentals of
inductive reasoning. Proving stuff spiritually with physical evidence is as
foolish as trying to disprove God using science. Spiritual stuff can only be
dealt with in spiritual ways. Religion, like taste in art, should be enjoyed and
discussed but never debated.