Teachings of the Book of Mormon: Part One

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Therefore, when the Book of Mormon claims it has a familiar spirit, it is inadvertently claiming a relationship with the demonic. If the Book of Mormon is supposed to be the word of God, why would God associate it with demonic forces? They believe the Book of Mormon fits that description.

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Link to Deseret News Article. No, it is light, in comparison. They began to thirst for each other's blood, and massacred each other, from generation to generation, until they sunk into wickedness , and evil principles the most degrading, and have become loathsome and vile.

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Teaching the Book of Mormon, Part 1 (1 Nephi - Alma 16) [John S. Bushman, Reed Romney, John R. Manis, Curt R. Wakefield] on donthesunonle.cf *FREE*. Teachings of the Book of Mormon: Part One - Kindle edition by Hugh Nibley. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.

Five years later, at October Conference in , Brigham Young again taught that the Book of Mormon prophecy of the Lamanites becoming "white" would eventually be fulfilled:. You may inquire of the intelligent of the world whether they can tell why the aborigines of this country are dark , loathsome, ignorant, and sunken into the depths of degradation; and they cannot tell. I can tell you in a few words: They are the seed of Joseph , and belong to the household of God; and he will afflict them in this world, and save every one of them hereafter, even though they previously go into hell.

When the Lord has a people, he makes covenants with them and gives unto them promises: then, if they transgress his law, change his ordinances, and break the covenants he has made with them, he will put a mark upon them , as in the case of the Lamanites and other portions of the house of Israel; but by-and-by they will become a white and delightsome people Journal of Discourses , vol.

Writing in B. Roberts, famous LDS Church leader and author, stated that the fulfillment of the Book of Mormon prophecy that the Native Americans would become "white and delightsome" would be a witness to the world of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon :.

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I may say it is the universal opinion that the native American race is doomed to extinction; and, in fact, that it is now on the high way to that finality. Against such general opinion, however, the Book of Mormon utters the surprising declaration not only that the American race shall not become extinct, but that fallen as its fortunes are, and degraded as it is, yet shall it become, and that before many generations pass away, "a white and delightsome people!

But with complete confidence we await the time of the fulfillment of God's decree ; of its signal triumph over the opinions of men New Witnesses for God , by B.

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Roberts, vol. Roberts and are trying to dissolve the doctrine that the Native Americans will turn white after conversion. In a very important change was made in 2 Nephi This change is not the result of correcting a printing error, as the manuscript of the Book of Mormon reads "white" and the first two printed editions use "white" not "pure. Prior to LDS prophets and apostles repeatedly stated that the skin of Native Americans would one day become "white.

Kimball, who became the twelfth president of the LDS Church, believed that those who converted to Mormonism were actually becoming lighter. For years they have been growing delightsome, and they are now becoming white and delightsome, as they were promised. The children in the home placement program in Utah are often lighter than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservation.

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Unfortunately, many Native American members were subjected to various condescending statements by well-meaning white Mormons. Being blessed with the mark of Laman, I have wrestled firsthand with the racist assumptions of the Latter-day Saints I grew up with. As a child I listened in sacrament meeting to fervent prayers on behalf of my people, then heard on Mondays these same members discourage their children from becoming close friends with me "doors may be closed to them".

On the walls of my Sunday school class, I saw pictures of a white-looking Jesus holding blond children. My seminary teachers taught that the more righteous my ancestors were, the whiter they became, and that someday I too would become "white and delightsome. After my husband retired, we moved to a small Utah town where many families were participating in the Indian Placement Program. One of the ward "pillars" and his foster son were evening sacrament meeting participants. It may have been for a priesthood advancement ceremony. At any rate, the boy spoke first, adequately but quietly.

Then his foster father rose to commend him. He concluded his remarks with these words: "If he continues to make progress, he may someday be white and delightsome. Is "red" not beautiful? Up until the time of the new edition of the Book of Mormon in , LDS teachings about the American Indian indicated a belief in a literal change in skin color in the last days. The origin of Native Americans has been a matter of discussion since the days of Columbus. Mormonism has traditionally maintained that they descended from a group of Israelites who migrated from Jerusalem to the New World at approximately B.

While many people in Joseph Smith's day speculated that the American Indians descended from the lost ten tribes of Israel, later scientists rejected that theory. The traditional scientific view has been that Native Americans descended from Asiatic people who crossed the Bering Strait thousands of years ago. Dan Egan, writing for the Salt Lake Tribune , observed:. Generations of Mormons grew up with the notion that American Indians are descended from a lost tribe from the House of Israel, offspring of a Book of Mormon figure named Lehi, who left Jerusalem and sailed to the Americas around B.

It is truth. Historical fact. The problem is mainstream science has failed to back that story.

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The Story of the Book of Mormon. How does it affect the way you see and appreciate the Book of Mormon? It was then discovered that much of the original manuscript had been destroyed by water seepage and mold. The historical Jesus has value to me, but the literary Jesus we find in the Bible has value also in a very different way. The issue at hand was the future coming of Christ. Never before has every verse of Isaiah been clarified in such a way and made easy to understand. Alma Captain Moroni and preparation for war confronting evil.

Instead, archaeologists, linguists and genetic experts outside Mormon culture say all the evidence points to Asia as the place from which American Indians originated. Nancy Shute, writing for U. Mitochondrial DNA has proved a marvelous tool for tracing human history. Mothers pass it down to offspring almost intact—unlike nuclear DNA, the genetic material commonly used in criminal investigations.

Mormon defenders have maintained that only a small percent of American Indians would be [p.

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However, the Introduction to their own Book of Mormon claims that "the Lamanites. Hinckley, endorsed the claim that the American Indians are mainly descended from the Lamanites. Dan Egan reported:.

Mormons believe American Indians have a special place in their church. Hinckley even uses the story of Lehi to inspire converts at temple dedications abroad. But most scientists outside LDS culture argue that if a band of Israelites did come to America 2, years ago, they left neither a linguistic nor an archaeological trace.

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It is a great story, slain by ugly fact," says Michael Crawford, a University of Kansas professor of biological anthropology and author of Origins of Native Americans , published by Cambridge University Press. Author Crawford said all the evidence gathered so far so powerfully demonstrates the Asian-American Indian connection that it is as close to a "truth" as science can get Salt Lake Tribune , Nov. LDS scientist Thomas W. Now that quantitative scientific methods can indeed test for an Israelite genetic presence in ancient America, we learn instead that virtually all Native Americans can trace their lineages to the Asian migrations between 7, and 50, years ago.

While molecular anthropologists have the technological capability to identify descendants of ancient Hebrews, no traces of such DNA markers have appeared in Central America or elsewhere among Native Americans. From a scientific perspective, the Book of Mormon's origin is best situated in early nineteenth-century America,. The Book of Mormon emerged from an antebellum perspective, out of a frontier American people's struggle with their god, and not from an authentic American Indian perspective.

As Mormons, we have a moral and ethical obligation to discontinue this view of Native American origins and publicly disavow the offensive teaching that a dark skin is a physical trait of God's malediction "Lamanite Genesis, Genealogy, and Genetics," by Thomas W. Genetic research into Native American and Polynesian origins is sending shock waves through Mormon communities around the world.

The title page claims that the descendants of the migrants from Jerusalem "are the principal ancestors of the American Indians. Southerton has completed a book-length manuscript on the subject. In Mar , he published the story of his disillusionment on the Internet. Only 0. Lineages A through D are only found in Asia. While the X lineage also is found in Europe and the Middle East, Asian and American lineages have distinctive markers that indicate an ancient separation long before the events described in the Book of Mormon.

Similar results from nearly 1, paternal lineages substantiate a Northeast Asian origin of American Indians. Folk biological claims of an Israelite ancestry, a curse with a dark skin, and a whitening of dark-skinned Native American and Polynesian Mormons fail to stand up to scrutiny among scientifically literate Latter-day Saints "Genetic Research a 'Galileo Event' for Mormons," by Thomas W.

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The lack of DNA evidence that Israelites came to America and grew to a major population prior to the arrival of the Europeans certainly raises serious questions about the historicity of the Book of Mormon. The first page of the Book of Mormon explains that it is a record of God's dealings with the "remnant of the house of Israel" in America and that the record was preserved to "come forth in due time by way of the Gentile" non-Israelites. Armand Mauss observed:. Later in the nineteenth century, such passages were reinterpreted to mean that white Mormons, though part of a Gentile nation, were actually Ephraimites.

As indicated in [2 Nephi ]. The original understanding seems to have been that all whites or Euroamericans were Gentiles, but those who joined the LDS Church were repentant Gentiles who could then be "grafted" into the house of Israel and become fully "Abraham's seed". Later on, Latter-day Saints came to understand themselves as literal remnants of Israel especially of Ephraim. All Abraham's Children , p.

Further discussion of the Mormon concept of being literal descendants of Israel can be found in the section on Patriarchal Blessings. Soon after publishing the Book of Mormon in , Joseph Smith began working on a revision of the Bible. The Book of Moses printed in the Pearl of Great Price was part of this revision and reflected the community concept that blacks descended from Cain:. Behold the people of Canaan, which are numerous. And it came to pass that Enoch continued to call upon all the people, save it were the people of Canaan, to repent;.

And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and had not place among them Pearl of Great Price , Moses , Even though the Mormons at that time accepted the common idea that blacks were from the cursed lineage of Cain, they did not view this as restricting their church participation.

A small number of blacks were baptized and at least two were ordained to the priesthood. When Mormons started settling in Missouri in the early s their open attitude toward Native Americans and blacks became a concern of their neighbors. As part of the restoring of Israel in the last days, Joseph Smith sent a few Mormons on a mission "into the wilderness among the Lamanites" in October of see Doctrine and Covenants However, their efforts were viewed with suspicion by their Missouri neighbors. Armand Mauss commented:.