The Origin of the Book of Mormon
Are the Book of Mormon Lamanites, the American, Meso-American
and South American Indians really the descendants of Israelites who came to the
Now, finally, incontrovertible scientific evidence can either prove the Book of Mormon to be true [and therefore Mormonism is the true, restored gospel] or the Book of Mormon is a fabricated tale and the claims of Mormonism false.
ago, when the scientific validity of DNA research proved to be unassailable, I sent an
open letter to the LDS Presidency and asked them to settle the matter by taking DNA
samples of native people groups in
You would think that if the LDS Leaders actually believed what they taught about the origins of the Book of Mormon peoples, they would have their scientists racing to take this golden opportunity to finally prove, without any doubt, that Mormonism was everything it claimed to be. But apparently they already knew the answer or secretly did the research but did not like the results and have kept them hidden from their own people.
small church congregation in
Before this project comes to its practical conclusion, I plead with the Leaders of the LDS church to, at long last, deal in reality and set aside the many warm, fuzzy faith building stories and get down to the scientific facts that can put an end to 170 years of controversy.
a recent letter from Joel Kramer, Pastor of Living Hope Christian Fellowship, In
Our heart for Mormons is perfectly reflected by Paul's heart for his fellow Israelites: "My hearts desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge." Rom 10:1. In light of this, we have begun a DNA study on the claim of Hebrew origin for Native Americans taught in the Book of Mormon.
I would like to emphasize that this is a church project that every member is aware of and in some degree involved with. It was thoroughly discussed with the congregation and agreed upon through a series of meetings before we committed to doing it.
You can go
to www.mormonchallenge.com and download the
video clip that we have produced so far. This
explains what the Book of Mormon teaches in regards to Native Americans having a Hebrew
origin and it shares the first interview we conducted with DNA Anthropologist, Dr. Stephen
L. Whittington at the
The fourth interview we have scheduled for October is with Senior DNA Scientist Dr. Simon Southerton. He was a Mormon Bishop when he discovered through his work the DNA evidence against the Book of Mormon.
We have reserved mormonchallenge.com for professional scientists only, separated from this site is our own site www.livinghopeministries.info . We are developing the gospel message and links to websites such as Saints Alive.
The goal of
our project is first and foremost a local desire to actively defend the Bible and proclaim
the gospel to Mormons. So far God has blessed
us as we have openly announced in Newspapers that we are actively involved in this
project. By association with Living Hope, God
has opened the doors for witnessing and having to answer many peoples questions. It is a great relief and benefit to be active in
ministering to Mormons as it brings the intended purpose of the church to us. Our goal is to keep the pressure on the Mormons to
defend the Book of Mormon in the hopes that some might turn to the truth and be saved. We need prayer support as we have already
experienced many attacks from the enemy.
More than anything we need prayer that God
would move by His Spirit to redeem the lost in
financial needs mostly focus around traveling expenses. We have traveled to
Keep in mind that we are at the very beginning of this project and are involved with a major learning curve. For this reason our sites are still under construction and being organized better.
Now, I sent this article to Pastor Kramer for his review prior to publishing it and he wrote back, in part:
On Monday afternoon [ed:
He openly admitted on camera that the recent genetic evidence proves that the Book of Mormon is a false document written by Joseph Smith [ed: and others] in the 19th Century. He also admitted that it proves that Joseph Smith openly and knowingly deceived people. With authority and sound reason he refutes every argument that Mormon scholars have attempted to explain the DNA problems they face. He refutes them both as a scientist and a Mormon. He also pleads with the LDS people and leadership to come clean in these areas. The interview was discovered, arranged and conducted in such a way that there is nothing that we can take credit for. It was all God! Praise Jesus!
Ed writes: Finally, a way to scientifically determine if Mormonisms
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