Our critics allege that science has proven the Book of Mormon to be false. What does the science of human genetics really say about the Book of Mormon? The answer involves understanding what the Book of Mormon actually is and says. On this Mormon Answers page, I explore some common questions about DNA and the Book of Mormon, and argue that the critics aren’t attacking anything the Book of Mormon requires, but common assumptions about and even misreadings of the text. The findings of modern science, though often tentative, can be welcomed by those who treasure the Book of Mormon as ancient scripture. This work is my responsibility and does not necessarily reflect official views of the Church. Table of Contents News: This statement affirms that the Book of Mormon does not claim to describe the origins of all Native Americans and does not exclude the possibility of other and earlier migrations of humans to the Americas.
DNA and the Book of Mormon: Science, Evidence, and Scriptures
Our vision is to help improve the quality of the conversations we all have about this sensitive issue. Accepting his sexuality has been a hard journey for Andrew, who always saw himself as a … KATHY After years of trying to change on her own, Kathy resorted to reparative therapy to change her attraction towards women. But the main premise of that therapy—that some sort of abuse or hurt was at the core of her orientation—never fit her own life experiences.
At the time, it was devastating, and Drew felt that he lost trust in everyone. After entering a mixed-orientation marriage and having five children, Russ found help in support groups for people in his situation. Having grown up in a conservative farming community in Idaho, Bret knew from a young age that he was gay and even at that early age he already clung to promises that if … PRESSLEY It took Pressley 30 years to articulate his identity as a bisexual male spirit in a female body.
Furthermore, and very importantly for the Book of Mormon’s historicity, as with the rare discovery of the Nihm altars in southern Arabia linked to Ishmael’s death and burial, with the even rarer disco.
Oaks, Quorum of the 12 Apostles. Critics’ Arguments Latter-day Saints are repeatedly encouraged to rely on a witness of the spirit i. Holy Ghost to personally authenticate the truthfulness of the origins and content of the Book of Mormon. Given constant encouragement from general and local leaders of reliance on supernatural manifestations a testimony over testable claims, it is not surprising that many faithful Latter-Day Saints seem unfazed by empirical evidence or the lack of it contradicting Book of Mormon claims, whether the research is conducted by Mormon or non-Mormon archaeologists and historians.
Of even greater concern is that many faithful LDS members, by virtue of the admonition of their leaders mentioned above , are not even aware of the perplexing problems contained in the Book of Mormon text. As a result, they are usually unable to effectively dialogue with critics without resorting to faith-based claims in a testimony which carry no authoritative weight for the many dedicated experts in the fields of archaeology, history, linguistics, genetics, etc.
This page details some problems that arise by accepting the Church-sanctioned teachings of the origin and content of the BOM as well as responses to those problems from the LDS Church, apologists and devout members. Anachronisms An anachronism is when writing contains something from a future time period which couldn’t realistically be in the time period they’ve written it into.
Count the clock,” with Cassius replying, “The clock has stricken three. Shakespeare took something familiar to him, a clock that strikes the hours, and placed it in his story before such clocks existed. Because the play is fictional, it is seen as simply an error on Shakespeare’s part. If, however, someone were to claim that they had found an ancient writing from 44 BC that had the play written on it, it would clearly be seen as a forgery because of the clock anachronism.
Book of Mormon/Geography/Old World
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the growing disparity between the numbers of single Mormon men and single Mormon women. But amidst all the hand-wringing about what this means for dating and marriage, there are larger implications for what it means for Mormonism, and I had quite a few follow-up questions. So I tracked down sociologist Rick Phillips , who with Ryan Cragun has authored the forthcoming study on the sex ratio disparity among Utah Mormons.
Both scholars are past presidents of the Mormon Social Science Association. And this is especially true in Utah as compared to the rest of the nation.
I am not suggesting that the real author of the Book of Mormon actually used these modern place names, or that he was even consciously aware of them. I list them primarily to show that any similarities between Book of Mormon names and Egyptian or Hebrew names unknown to Joseph Smith which may be cited as “evidence of the Book of Mormon” are rather meaningless.
Lyman Amasa enjoys art, music, and traveling. Some day he hopes to make it to Romania and settle down. Men search the world for women that they can stand to be around with long-term. Narcissism, androgyny, obsession with pop culture—the problems with Western women go on and on. Is there some place, a secluded land untouched by time, where women still make good wives?
Mormons are one of the few remaining groups with healthy women. Because Mormons retain old-fashioned values, Mormon girls are raised in a traditional environment by good fathers. They value femininity, motherhood, and masculinity in men. This makes them overwhelmingly successful wives and mothers.
How do Mormons generally feel about dating non
Scott Greg, While I admire your passion, I personally have come to the exact opposite conclusion on almost every point you made. I grew up LDS, served a mission, sealed in the temple. More than 30 times. In fact, a lot of LDS scholars have too. And they all agree that most of your points are wrong. None of your evidences can stand up to inquiry.
Book of Mormon Evidences, Part One discusses some of the many factors supporting the plausibility of the Book of Mormon as an ancient document. It is part of a collection that includes Book of Mormon Evidences, Part Two, Book of Mormon Evidences, Part Three, and Book of Mormon Nuggets.. Contrary to the claims of our critics, there are many interesting findings that make it difficult to explain.
I was a convert after high school after much vehement opposition from my parents. My high school boyfriend was LDS and I got totally sucked in. I believed it with everything. Anyway, he went on his mission and I proceeded to marry the first guy I met in college. I went to Michigan State University and was heavily involved with the student ward there so I met a returned missionary at an institute dance.
We got married when I was nineteen. I had my first baby at twenty-one. I knew my marriage was awful within months and was told by bishop after bishop that this was my trial in life. During the fifteen years of my first marriage I got used to looking at everyone else who seemed happy and knowing that would never be me. I was just enduring life and was not a happy person. That was the first moment I realized that the church could have been built on lies.
I was determined to hold fast though.
In my other life I was a Mormon: Mormon Rules: The List
Mormons believe all non members to be satanic. We believe that there are many hood people all over the world who are not LDS. We believe he is the literal father of our spirits, as stated in the new testament. You must be a trmple recommend holder to enter the temple. However, regular church buildings welcome everyone who wishes to come inside. It is even stared in large print on the outside of each chapel.
In responding to the CES Letter’s Book of Mormon section, FairMormon makes a few critical concessions, including that errors unique to the version of the King James Version Bible are included in the current version of the Book of Mormon.
Many true Christians when reading what I just said will no doubt to me recall this verse: And this is why those teachings are very wrong and show a lack of common sense: It says that God breathed into them a living soul, and that Adam that named various kinds of animals no atheists, not every single sub-type, so calm down and take a chill pill and try not to burst a vein.
So, clearly they were intelligent and acted intelligently and had the ability to learn. There is no indication in the Bible that it was a sin for God to teach them about sex, either directly or indirectly. They were not merely children at all. They were born adults but without the knowledge of what good and evil were. But simply, there is no indication in the Bible anywhere that teaching a child about sex is immoral.
For example, teaching a child at a very early age before seven might hinder their ability to learn well.
Linguistic Problems in Mormonism
June 1, Author: I have a particular interest in this as I have a daughter in her late 30s that was widowed last year due to cancer, and she lives in Utah County. The article is partly a book review of Date-onomics, a book that breaks down dating trends by demographics.
Mormons have the lowest rates of intermarriage of any other religion in America. In America more generally, about 1 in 3 marriages is now interfaith; for Mormons it’s only about 1 in 9.
Background[ edit ] Shortly after what Mormons consider to be the restoration of the gospel, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in , Joseph Smith revealed that the Second Coming of Christ was near, that the City of Zion would be near the town of Independence in Jackson County, Missouri , and that his followers were destined to inherit the land held by the current settlers. If ye are faithful, ye shall assemble yourselves together to rejoice upon the land of Missouri, which is the land of your inheritance, which is now the land of your enemies.
Tensions built up between the rapidly growing Mormon community and the earlier settlers for a number of reasons: They believed—after a revelation recorded on June 6, —that if they were righteous they would inherit the land held by others “which is now the land of your enemies” in Missouri. Where there was a critical mass of Mormons in the community, they were frequently viewed as having sold the election to the highest bidder, although there is no recorded proof of this ever taking place.
Lilburn Boggs, as a Jackson county resident, and as Lieutenant Governor, was in a position to observe and assist in executing the tactics described by one Mormon historian: In Boggs passively saw community leaders and officials sign demands for Mormon withdrawal, and next force a gunbarrel contract to abandon the county before spring planting Executive paralysis permitted terrorism, which forced Mormons to self-defense, which was immediately labeled as an “insurrection,” and was put down by the activated militia of the county.
Once Latter-day Saints were disarmed, mounted squads visited Mormon settlements with threats and enough beatings and destruction of homes to force flight. In , Latter-day Saints attempted to effect a return to Jackson County with a quasi-military expedition known as Zion’s Camp , but this effort also failed when the governor failed to provide the expected support. Tensions rose in Clay County as the Mormon population grew.
In an effort to keep the peace, Alexander William Doniphan of Clay County pushed a law through the Missouri legislature that created Caldwell County, Missouri , specifically for Mormon settlement in