Monday, 10 May 2010

native americans and the book of mormon

im trying to gather information where the lds church claims that native americans, south americans and peoples of the south pacific are descendants of israel. this is ongoing.

The Book of Mormon: A Sacred Ancient Record by Elder Ted E. Brewerton Emeritus Member of the Seventy
Many migratory groups came to the Americas, but none was as important as the three mentioned in the Book of Mormon. The blood of these people flows in the veins of the Blackfoot and the Blood Indians of Alberta, Canada; in the Navajo and the Apache of the American Southwest; the Inca of western South America; the Aztec of Mexico; the Maya of Guatemala; and in other native American groups in the Western Hemisphere and the Pacific islands.

These choice native people recognize the truth of the Book of Mormon, which was recorded for them by their own ancestors.
"recognize the truth of the Book of Mormon"
do they?

We Must Keep One Another by Ronald W. Walker
At first, President Young, like many Americans at the time, misunderstood the Native American people, whose culture was so different from their own. Yet the gospel eventually gave him a different view. It taught him, he believed, that Native Americans were descendants of the Book of Mormon people and therefore a “remnant” of the house of Israel. Indeed, the Book of Mormon had been written partly to show to the remnant of the house of Israel “what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever.” 2

Thus, President Young taught that the Native Americans were children of the Old Testament prophet Joseph—largely through his son Manasseh, but some through his son Ephraim. President Young believed this ancient heritage was the key to their eventual religious redemption and that a renewed belief in the gospel and right doing could make them again a “delightsome” people
brigham young teaches that the native americans descend from israelites

see also the other posts about lds claims that native americans descend from israel/jews

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