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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 7 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

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garybeac
Chapel Hill, NC

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 source.

higv
Dietrich, ID

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.

Fern RL
LAYTON, UT

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 "old world."

dustman
Nampa, ID

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 happen.

Pete1215
Lafayette, IN

Mitochondrial DNA goes from mother to child (either son or daughter).

ThomH
San Jose, CA

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.

RockOn
Spanish Fork, UT

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.

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