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About 600 B.C., records of a people who left Jerusalem were written and recorded by Prophets of God who were shown visions of our day. These people, with the guidance of Jesus, built a ship and came across the ocean to North America to a “promised land” which is now known as The United States of America.
Jesus spoke in the Bible of other sheep. In North America, He told these people, “Ye are they of whom I said: other sheep I have which are not of this fold.” These records document these events up until around 421 A.D. and contain many of the missing partsthat were taken out of the Bible during the days of Constantine, about 331 A.D., when the Bible was re-organized with many “precious parts” being left out of the Bible. God knew this and “for a wise purpose”, many of those missing parts were revealed to the prophets of these people. This is why this book is so important for us today.
This record of a people from Jerusalem was translated into what is known today as The Book of Mormon. It contains prophecies and revelations about our day and what is to take place when Jesus Christ returns to us once again. It speaks of what is yet to come in these The Last Days. These things are important to know as they help reduce the fear of the unknown and verifies the purpose and validity of God’s love for us and the role that Jesus Christ plays in each of our lives.
“It is my desire to remind you of the nature
and kind of being that God is, so that
you may worship him in spirit and in truth
and thereby gain all of the blessings of his gospel.”
“Great progress has been made in mechanics, chemistry, physics, surgery, and other things”. Men have built great telescopes that have brought the hidden galaxies to view. They have, by the aid of the microscope, discovered vast worlds of microorganisms. … They have discovered means to control disease. … They have invented machines more sensitive than the human touch, more far-seeing than the human eye. They have controlled elements and made machinery that can move mountains, and many other things have they done too numerous to mention.
Yes, this is a wonderful age.” But there is another trend he saw in the world.
“All of these discoveries and inventions have not
drawn men nearer to God! Nor created in their hearts
humility and the spirit of repentance, but to the contrary,
to their condemnation. Faith has not increased in the world,
nor has righteousness, nor obedience to God.”
In contrast to the world’s growing indifference toward God, a grandsons recalled:
“My mother was an excellent cook, and my grandfather ate frequently at our house. Quite often he would be invited by my father to ask a blessing on the food. His prayers were always very personal—as if talking to a friend.”2
Beginning with Joseph Smith’s First Vision, the true knowledge of God has been restored in our day.
I am very grateful for the first vision, in which the Father and the Son appeared to the youthful prophet and again restored to man the true knowledge of God.3
Through Joseph Smith’s First Vision, “the true knowledge of God” was restored.
It should be remembered that the entire Christian world in 1820 had lost the true doctrine concerning God. The simple truth which was understood so clearly by the apostles and saints of old had been lost in the mysteries of an apostate world. All the ancient prophets, and the apostles of Jesus Christ had a clear understanding that the Father and the Son were separate personages, as our scriptures so clearly teach. Through apostasy this knowledge was lost. … God had become a mystery, and both Father and Son were considered to be one unknowable effusion of spirit, without body, parts, or passions. The coming of the Father and the Son placed on the earth a divine witness who was able by knowledge to restore to the world the true nature of God.4
The [first] vision of Joseph Smith made it clear that the Father and the Son are separate personages, having bodies as tangible as the body of man. It was further revealed to him that the Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit, distinct and separate from the personalities of the Father and the Son [see D&C 130:22]. This all-important truth staggered the world; yet, when we consider the clear expressions of holy writ, it is a most astounding and wonderful fact that man could have gone so far astray. The Savior said, “My Father is greater than I;” [John 14:28] and he invited his disciples, after his resurrection, to handle him and see that it was he, for, said he, “A spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” [Luke 24:39.] The apostles clearly understood the distinct entities of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, to which they constantly refer in their epistles; and Paul informed the Corinthians of the fact that when all things are subjected to the Father, “then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” [1 Corinthians 15:28.]
Joseph Smith beheld the Father and the Son; therefore he could testify
with personal knowledge that the scriptures were true wherein we read:
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God
created he him; male and female created he them.”
This was to be understood literally, and not in some mystical or figurative sense.5
To exercise faith in God and worship Him,
we must have an understanding of His characteristics.
One of our revelations tells us that if we are to be glorified in Christ, as he is in the Father, we must understand and know both how to worship and what we worship. (See D&C 93:19–20.)
We know that God is known only by revelation, that he stands revealed or remains forever unknown. We must go to the scriptures—not to the scientists or philosophers—if we are to learn the truth about Deity.
Indeed, John’s great prophecy about the restoration of the gospel by an angel who should fly in the midst of heaven says that it was to occur so that men could come to a knowledge of the true God and be taught: “Fear God, and give glory to him … and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” (Rev. 14:7.) In other words, beginning with the restoration of the gospel in this dispensation, men once again would be called upon to worship and serve their Creator rather than the false concepts of Deity that prevail in the world.
In every age the Lord’s prophets have been called upon to combat false worship and proclaim the truth about God. In ancient Israel there were those who worshiped images and pagan gods, and Isaiah asked:
“To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.” (Isa. 40:18, 28.)
Much of the world today does not have this knowledge of God, and there are those who have not perfected their understanding of that glorious being who is our Eternal Father. To those without this knowledge we might well say:
“Why dost thou limit the glory of God?
Or, why should ye suppose that he is less than he is?
Hast thou not known?
Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator
of the ends of the earth, is infinite and eternal; that he has all power,
all might, and all dominion; that he knows all things,
and that all things are present before his face?”
Revelation of some of the basic doctrines of salvation as to Deity says:
“… there is a God in heaven, who is infinite and eternal,
from everlasting to everlasting the same unchangeable God,
the framer of heaven and earth, and all things which are in them.”
God is our Father; he is the being in whose image man is created. He has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s (D&C 130:22), and he is the literal and personal father of the spirits of all men. He is omnipotent and omniscient; he has all power and all wisdom; and his perfections consist in the possession of all knowledge, all faith or power, all justice, all judgment, all mercy, all truth, and the fullness of all godly attributes. …
If we are to have that perfect faith by which we can lay hold upon eternal life, we must believe in God as the possessor of the fullness of all these characteristics and attributes. He is an infinite and eternal being, and as an unchangeable being, he possesses these perfected powers and attributes from everlasting to everlasting, which means from eternity to eternity.6
We know that our Heavenly Father is a glorified, exalted personage who has all power, all might, and all dominion, and that he knows all things. We testify that he, through his Only Begotten Son, is the Creator of this earth and of worlds without number.7
God is a personal being and the Father of our spirits.
We are the spirit children of God our Heavenly Father. … We are members of his family. … We dwelt with him for long ages in our premortal life. … He ordained a plan of progression and salvation which would enable us, if faithful and true in all things, to advance and progress until we become like him.8
We are taught in the Scriptures that God is literally, and not in a figurative sense, our very eternal Father.
The words of our Redeemer spoken to Mary near the tomb from which he had risen and gained the victory over death, are most sublime and filled with glorious meaning: “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” [John 20:17.] In these words the truth of the Fatherhood of God is emphatically pronounced by his only begotten Son, who declares that he is our Brother and that we have the same eternal Father.9
I am grateful that the knowledge of God and his laws has been restored in our day and that we who are members of the Church know he is a personal being and not, as some sectarians have said, “a congeries [a disorderly collection] of laws floating like a fog in the universe.” I am grateful that we know he is our Father in heaven, the Father of our spirits, and that he ordained the laws whereby we can advance and progress until we become like him. And I am grateful that we know he is an infinite and eternal being who knows all things and has all power and whose progression consists not in gaining more knowledge or power, not in further perfecting his godly attributes, but in the increase and multiplying of his kingdoms.10
Heavenly Father loves us and is interested in each of us.
There is an expression in the vision of Moses, which was given at a time when Moses was caught up into an exceeding high mountain and saw God face to face and talked with him. The Lord showed unto Moses the “workmanship of his hands,” and Moses beheld the world, and all the children of men to the latest generations. [See Moses 1:1–8, 27–29.]
And the Lord said to Moses:
“For behold there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man, but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.
“And it came to pass that Moses spake unto the Lord, saying: Be merciful unto thy servant, O God, and tell me concerning this earth and the inhabitants thereof, and also the heavens, and then thy servant will be content.
“And the Lord God spake unto Moses, saying: The heavens, they are many, and they cannot be numbered unto man; but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine.” [Moses 1:35–37.]
Notwithstanding the countless number of worlds and the great magnitude of many of them, they are a means to an end, and not the end itself. The Father is creating worlds for the purpose of peopling them—placing upon them his sons and his daughters. We are informed that by and through the Son of God, the “worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.” [D&C 76:24.]
We learn from other revelations from the Lord, that man is the most important of all our Father’s creations. In the same vision given to Moses, the Father said: “And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof, even so shall another come; and there is no end to my works, neither to my words. For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortalityand eternal life of man.” [Moses 1:38–39.]
We learn from this and other scriptures that the great work of the Father is to bring to pass the salvation of his children giving unto each that reward which each merits according to his works. I feel most assuredly that our Father in heaven is far more interested in a soul—one of his children—than it is possible for an earthly father to be in one of his children. His love for us is greater than can be the love of an earthly parent for his offspring.11
Moses, here pictured overlooking the promised land,
received a vision in which he learned of God’s work and glory.
Heavenly Father weeps over His disobedient children.When the Lord spoke to Enoch and showed to him the nations of the earth and explained to him the nature of the punishment that should befall them for their transgressions of his commandments, the Lord wept and showed his sorrow in tears for their disobedience. Because of this, Enoch marvelled and thought it strange that the Lord could weep.Here is the passage:“And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue of the people, and he wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying: How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains?“And Enoch said unto the Lord: How is it that thou canst weep, seeing thou art holy and from all eternity to all eternity?“And were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, yea millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of thy creations; and thy curtains are stretched out still; and yet thou art there, and thy bosom is there and also thou art merciful and kind forever.” [See Moses 7:28–30.]And the Lord answered: “… Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency;“And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should choose me, their Father; but behold they are without affection, and they hate their own blood.” [Moses 7:32–33.]
These are reasons why the Lord wept
and why the heavens wept.
I was asked one time if a man could be perfectly happy in the celestial kingdom if one of his children was not permitted to enter there. I told him that I supposed that any man who was so unfortunate as to have one of his children barred from the celestial kingdom would, of course, have feelings of sorrow because of that condition; and that is just the position our Father in heaven is in. Not all of his children are worthy of celestial glory, and many are forced to suffer his wrath because of their transgressions, and this causes the Father and the whole heavens to have sorrow and to weep. The Lord works in accordance with natural law. Man must be redeemed according to law and his reward must be based on the law of justice. Because of this the Lord will not give unto men that which they do not merit, but shall reward all men according to their works.
I am satisfied that our Father in heaven would, if it were possible, save all men and give unto them celestial glory, even the fulness of exaltation. But, he has given unto man his agency and man is under the necessity of obeying the truth according to that which is revealed in order to obtain the exaltation of the righteous.12
Heavenly Father has provided the way of redemption
so we can be brought back to His presence.
When Adam was in the Garden of Eden he was in the presence of God, our Father. … After he was driven out of the Garden of Eden the scene changed. Adam was banished because of his transgression from the presence of the Father. The scriptures say he became spiritually dead—that is, he was shut out from the presence of God.13
I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God
and that he received from his Father
the power to ransom men from the spiritual
and temporal death brought into the world
by the fall of Adam.14
There was only one way of redemption, one way in which reparation could be made and the body restored again to the spirit; that was by an infinite atonement, and it had to be made by an infinite being, someone not subject to death and yet someone who had the power to die and who also had power over death. And so, our Father in heaven sent us his Son, Jesus Christ, into the world with life in himself. And because he [Jesus Christ] had a mother who had blood in her veins, he had the power to die. He could yield up his body to death and then take it again. Let me read his own words: “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
“No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” (John 10:17–18.)15
It was never the intention of our Father in heaven to leave men to grope and feel their way in darkness and that without any light to guide them, and expect them under such conditions to find their way back into his kingdom and into his holy presence. That is not the way of the Lord. All down the ages from the beginning our Father in heaven has shown his kindness for his children and has been willing to give them direction. From the earliest times the heavens have been opened, the Lord has sent messengers from his presence to divinely appointed servants, men holding the authority of the priesthood who have been commissioned to teach the principles of the Gospel, to warn the people and teach them righteousness; and these men have received this knowledge, this inspiration and guidance from these messengers from the presence of God. This is true of our own dispensation. There is no need for men to shut their eyes and feel that there is no light only as they may depend upon their reason, for the Lord has always been willing to lead and direct and show the way. He has sent, as I say, messengers from his presence. He has sent revelation. He has commanded that his word be written, that it be published, so that all the people might know it.16
I say to you, and for that matter,
to the whole world,
that a gracious and loving Father
has in these last days spoken again
from heaven to his servants the prophets.
His voice has been one inviting all men to come to his Beloved Son, to learn of him, to partake of his goodness, to take his yoke upon them, and to work out their salvation by obedience to the laws of his gospel. His voice has been one of glory and honor, of peace in this life, and of eternal life in the world to come.17
I add my Testimony to the truthfulness of these things.
From the Teachings of Joseph Fielding Smith
For The Family
Since early 1830 the Latter-day Saints have acknowledged the American Indian as a remnant of the house of Israel, who great promises have been extended to. Referring to these people as “Lamanites,” a Book of Mormon prophet declared, “At some period of time they will be brought to believe in his [God’s] word, and to know of the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers; and many of them will be saved” (Alma 9:17). The 1830 Saints believed these promises and were moved since the early days of the Church to bring to pass their fulfillment.
Lehi In the Book of Mormon, was a Hebrew prophet who led his family and followers from Jerusalem to a promised land in the western hemisphere about 600 B.C..
Lehi was the first prophet among his people in the Book of Mormon.
Lehi fled Jerusalem with his family at the command of the Lord (1 Ne. 2:1–4).
He was a descendant of Joseph, who was sold into Egypt (1 Ne. 5:14).
The Lord gave him a vision of the tree of life (1 Ne. 8:2–35).
Lehi and his sons built a boat and sailed to the western hemisphere (1 Ne. 17–18).
He and his descendants became established in a new land (1 Ne. 18:23–25).
Before he died, Lehi blessed his sons and taught them of Christ and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon in the latter-days (2 Ne. 1:1–4:12).
The place where the Saints will gather and Christ will personally reign with them during the Millennium. Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent, and the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory (A of F 1:10). It also refers to a holy city that will come down out of heaven at the beginning of the Millennium.
Radio and television host Glenn Beck is now going public with his belief the United States is among the famous “Lost 10 Tribes of Israel,” and America today is suffering calamaties just as ancient Israel did due to its disobedience to the laws of God.
Echoing the conclusions of some experts who have delved deeply into what’s known as the theory of “Anglo-Israelism” or “British-Israelism,”Beck took viewers of his TV show into a biblical history lesson dating back to the time after King David of the Old Testament, when the once united Kingdom of Israel became divided.
“Israel was split into two kingdoms, the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom,” Beck explained.
Many people don’t realize that ancient Israel (the Northern Kingdom) actually went to war against the Jews (the Southern Kingdom of Judah) over many years. Four Books of the Bible, 1 and 2 Kings as well as 1 and 2 Chronicles, document the separate national histories of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah.
Beck explained that eventually, God warned the rebellious northern kingdom to stop its sinning, or else face disaster.
(Watch Glenn Beck discuss U.S. connections with ancient Israel beginning at the 5:40 mark of this video:)
“They’re warned, ‘You’re going to be taken by the Assyrians, and you’re gonna be taken into captivity,’” said Beck.
“Well, that’s exactly what happened. Judah remained, but the tribes in the north, they were taken and they went throughout the Assyrian empire. The Kingdom of Judah was not scattered. This is where the term ‘Jew’ comes from – Judah.”
Beck went on to note that when the Assyrians were finally defeated by other powers, they and the Israelite captives fled northward.
“And they fled out of captivity through the Caucuses Mountains,” he said. “The Caucusus Mountains are where you hear the word ‘Caucasian.’”
“What’s interesting is the Assyrians, who were very good, meticulous record-keepers, and who were just brutal [people], they settled in Italy and in the Germany area and the Russia area where facsism comes from. But the Israelites, the Lost 10 Tribes, they went north and they started to scatter [in another] direction, and they went to the coastlines, generally in the area where the Pilgrims came from. …
“All of Western Civilization is based on the laws of Israel. And our entire history is directly tied to this moment. Our Pilgrims thought they were completing the journey out of captivity.”
Beck believes the Statue of Liberty holding tablets is a more modern representation of Moses holding the Ten Commandments, and he focused attention on the symbols on the both the presidential seal and the Great Seal of the United States.
Seal of the president of the United States
On the presidential seal, he connected the artwork of sun rays, the moon and stars to one of the sons of Israel who had a famous dream in the Book of Genesis.
“When Joseph from the Bible is with his brothers, he tells his brothers that he had a dream. And he said, ‘I had a dream where the sun, the moon and the stars all bowed down to me,’” Beck explained.
He then noted the prominent theme of the number 13 on the seal.
“There’s strong symbolism with the number 13 being represented everywhere: 13 arrows, 13 stripes, 13 stars, 13 olives,” he said.
But is that figure merely a reflection of the 13 original American colonies?
“That’s what everyone will tell you, and that is one answer. But there is another one that many people believe,” Beck said.
“What else is 13? Twelve disciples surrounding Jesus, but more importantly, I think, the 12 tribes of Israel.”
As far as why 12 tribes of Israel would be represented by the number 13 and not 12, Beck stated, “The tribe of Joseph split into Manassah and Ephraim, and those were in northern Israel. That’s the northern kingdom of Israel. That’s the thirteen tribes.”
As he examined the Great Seal of the U.S., Beck noted that above the eagle representing America, there are “13 stars in the shape of the Star of David.”
Great Seal of the United States
Surrounding the grouping of stars, he pointed out the artwork of clouds and light from “fire.”
“When Moses led his people out of Egypt, what did they follow during the day? A cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night. That’s what this means,” he said.
He even unearthed the original proposed seal for the nation, which was promoted by Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin.
Featuring the motto “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God,” the scene depicts the nation of Israel during its Exodus out of Egyptian slavery.
Originally proposed seal of the United States
“Moses leading the Israelites across the Red Sea by a pillar of fire. Hello?” voiced Beck. “Look at the clouds around the fire in the center in exactly the same position as the eagle [seal].”
Beck noted it didn’t bother him if people didn’t believe the history lesson.
“I didn’t care a few years ago, but after 9/11, I promised I would find out what was going on,” he said.
“So what is it? We are nation that is based on Judeo-Christian values and the Bible. Period. You might not buy into the olives and the branches and everything else. It’s fact! But there’s no way to deny that the majority of our laws come directly from the Scriptures, right directly from Deuteronomy.”
Historian Steven M. Collins of Sioux Falls, S.D., has written several books on the subject, including “The ‘Lost’ Ten Tribes of Israel … Found” and “Israel’s Tribes Today.”
“It is such heartening news to me that Glenn Beck has seen this fundamental truth about which so many Christians are unaware,” Collins said after viewing Beck’s program.
“If the modern nations of the ten tribes of Israel came to widely recognize their true heritage as the biblical ‘house of Israel,’ it would revolutionize the self-perceptions of not only individuals but of nations as well. It would also verify the Holy Bible powerfully as the prophecies about the Israelites’ future after their exile from the Promised Land in the 8th century B.C. would be seen to be completely accurate and fulfilled. This would prove that the Bible is the Word of a Creator God as only an immortal Creator God could control the destinies of nations to make sure that biblical prophecies made millennia ago are being precisely fulfilled today.”
Collins says there is “overwhelming evidence” proving the modern nations of the 10 tribes of Israel are the Anglo-American, Scandinavian and many mainland European nations.
“It is gratifying to see that a well-known American media personality now has many of these important truths as well. Perhaps we are reaching the time when it is God’s will for this truth to become widely known in the modern nations. Such an awareness would revolutionize global geopolitics, to say the least.”
There are many who disagree with the theory.
Among them is Dr. Claude Mariottini, a professor of Old Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Ill.
Mariottini states, “The fact is that British-Israelism is based on a biased interpretation of the text, eisegesis, wishful thinking, and a lack of reliable historical evidence. The view that Great Britain and the United States of America are the lost tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh is just a myth.”
MORE EVIDENCE THAT DECENDANTS OF THE LOST TRIBES CAME TO AMERICA!
ResearcherRod Meldrum has documented with DNA and artifacts that shows these people of the Ten Tribes dwelt in The Heartland of North America. Current evidence will prove that the previous DNA testing and dating based upon the Darwin Theory is wrong and that if dated correctly according to the Bible, the evidence lines up perfectly with the DNA and civilizations found in The Heartland of America. Writings and timelines in The Book of Mormonare in sync with God’s Creation of this world as recorded in Genesis in the Bible.
“Yea, and the Lord said also that: After ye have arrived in the promised land, ye shall know that I, the Lord, am God; and that I, the Lord, did deliver you from destruction; yea, that I did bring you out of the land of Jerusalem.” 1 Nephi 17:14
Suzanne and I went with him for a week tour and saw many places, mounds, felt and handled artifacts, and had the Spirit confirm to us that these things things are true!
The origin of The Book of Mormon couldn’t have been in Mesoamerica for many reasons.
1. First, the people in the Book of Mormon who came from Jerusalem,
lived the Law of Moses which is based upon the
lunar calendar as in North America.
NOT SO in Mesoamerica with it’s solar calendar with the seasons which drifts each solar year by 11 to 12 days.
Dr. Deborah Bolnick’s research is not being misrepresented at all. She and about 3 other of the scientists in the film took issue with the fact that what they said supports the Book of Mormon claims of a Semitic people coming to North America. Every one of the persons interviewed were given copies of the film and signed-off, giving their signatures of their approval prior to the film being made public. It was only after they realized that the film supported Mormonism that anti-Mormon archaeologist, Dr. Bradley Leper, began his attempt to stir up others and convince them to recant what they said in the film. He was only able to convince a few of them to join in his crusade. The majority of those in the film didn’t join in. Then he wrote a series of articles to promote his position, and since he is a head archaeologist for the state of Ohio, he was given an avenue to promote his opinions. Thus the articles provided in the two links given. He is simply using his position to try and squelch anything that would support Mormonism. The fact is that he said what he said on camera and now that he finds out that it may provide supporting evidence for the Book of Mormon, he doesn’t like it being used in that way. That is unfortunate, but it happens in the archaeological world.
What Dr. Bolnick’s research proved is that the DNA recovered from several Mound Builder skeletal remains from Ohio and Illinois do in fact have the haplogroup X DNA markers that are also prevalent in most all Jewish and some non-Jewish populations such as the Ashkenazi Jews, the Sephardic Jews, the Libyan, Moroccan and Tunisian Jewish populations as well as the Iraqi Jewish population. Other researchers have demonstrated that haplogroup X originated in “the hills of Galilee” of Israel and spread from there. The Druze population in Israel also have the haplogroup X DNA markers. Watch Debra Bolnick herself explain her research HERE. Also watch DNA expert Dr. Donald Yates HERE.
Unfortunately, some LDS members are blinded by the false and misleading findings of anti-Mormon’s which are being perpetuated by Mesoamerica theory propagandists. These unofficial apologist organizations such as FAIR, BMAF and the now defunct FARMS organizations (they were all summarily fired from the Neal A. Maxwell Institute in June 2012), are literally promoting the anti-Mormon claims in order to protect their sacred Mesoamerican theories. Please Alan, continue to share the truth and don’t allow these Mesoamerican theory zealots to cast aside the DNA evidence that is prophesied of in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon prophets proclaimed that their seed would “never be destroyed according to the flesh” (2 Nephi 9:53) yet these LDS apologists proclaim that the DNA evidence has been diluted out of existence and that there is no DNA evidence to support the Book of Mormon claims. They are misguided and are misleading the membership of the Church. The lack of DNA evidence is a primary issue of members who are “leaving [the Church] in droves”according to Elder Marlin K. Jensen and ex-Mormon John Dehlin who conducted an eye-opening survey of some 4,000 former Mormons and shared the results of why they left the Church HERE. It once again reared its ugly head in a recent interview with aformer General Authority from Europe in a New York Times front page articleand video interview. The Mesoamerican theories are bankrupt as to DNA, archaeological, geographic, linguistic and prophetic evidences. The Heartland Model of the Book of Mormon offers a refreshing new level of evidence in all of these fields! This is why it is growing exponentially across the membership of the Church.
Don’t let the “Guatemala is the Promised Land” promoters, using anti-Mormon “facts,” distort the truth. “The United States is the Promised Land foretold in the Book of Mormon” (Elder L. Tom Perry, Ensign, Dec. 2012) and it is the nation that was being prophesied about. It is also the nation that was desperately being warned not to allow the secret combinations that destroyed earlier civilizations to get above it. The overwhelming evidence points to the Heartland of North America as the primary and only lands of the Book of Mormon. This is where the covenant with God resides (see article, The Scriptural Basis for the Heartland Model HERE). This is where the New Jerusalem will be built. It is where the Garden of Eden resided and where the gospel was restored. The pattern is clear. This is the sacred land of promise and covenant. It is the “nation above all other nations” and the “mighty Gentile nation above all other nations” spoken of in prophecy.
It is time for the truth about the Heartland Model Geography to be made available to every member of the Church and allow them to conduct their own analysis and research as to which they feel is better able to defend the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. From our experience with hundreds of thousands of members of the Church, the answer is clear; the Heartland Model offers orders of magnitude more powerful evidences for the historicity of the Book of Mormon than speculations about narrow necks of land and grand piles of stone in Mesoamerica.
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“For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light, and whatsoever is light is Spirit, even the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” Doctrine and Covenants 84:45
“. . . When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!“
“The Father and the Son, Jesus Christ, had appeared to Joseph Smith. The morning of the dispensation of the fulness of times had come, dispelling the darkness of the long generations of spiritual night. As in the creation, light was to replace darkness; day was to follow night.
“From then to now, truth has been and is available to us. Like the children of Israel in former times, endless days of wandering now can end with our entry to a personal promised land.”
The Lord prepared a new land to attract the peoples of the world who sought liberty and religious freedom. This new land was blessed with strong leaders who felt duty bound to establish a government that allowed individuals to worship according to their own conscience.
The Founding Fathers of the United States believed that religious faith was fundamental to the establishment of strong government. Many people in the world, however, have forgotten the central importance of religious beliefs in the formation of the policies, laws, and rules of government. Many Americans, for example, do not understand that the founders believed the role of religion would be as important in our day as it was in their day. The founders did not consider religion and morality an intellectual exercise—they forcefully declared it an essential ingredient of good government and the happiness of humankind.
This position was set forth by the first U.S. president, George Washington, in his Farewell Address. He said:
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. … Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. … Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
“It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.”1
The United States is the promised land foretold in the Book of Mormon—a place where divine guidance directed inspired men to create the conditions necessary for the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was the birth of the United States of America that ushered out the Great Apostasy, when the earth was darkened by the absence of prophets and revealed light. It was no coincidence that the lovely morning of the First Vision occurred just a few decades after the establishment of the United States.
The First Vision precipitated a flood of revealed truth. Knowledge was restored about the nature of the Godhead. A new translated scripture gave a second witness and testament of Jesus Christ. The restoration of the priesthood reendowed mankind with the power and authority to act for and on behalf of God in conducting priesthood ordinances and in reestablishing the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth. We are blessed to be members of the restored Church.
The story of the American Covenant begins with the God of Abraham directing chosen people to a promised land, known today as America. His purpose behind this new nation and its covenant was to establish a socio-political foundation whereupon His children might fully exercise their agency to choose Christ and His gospel and thus qualify themselves for eternal life. If we are to fully grasp the meaning behind all of this, we must first understand certain basic concepts.
What is a “national covenant?
Why is it improtant?
Why should we think to apply such a covenant to the United States of America?
And finally, what do the scriptures teachus about the stated promises and obligations of the proposed covenant in America?
When we consider what a covenant is, our minds rightly reflect upon personal promises made with our Heavenly Father. We promise to keep His commandments and He promises us great gifts such as His Holy Spirit and Eternal Life. There are far and away the most significant covenants, as they directly fulfill the purposes of God by assisting His children to fill the measure of their creation. Timothy Ballard
“The American Covenant is a relevant today as it ever was.
Consider the following warning from President Gordon B. Hinckley – a prophet not only to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-dauy Saints, but to the nation and world – which he gave specifically to our American generation:
“For a good while, there has been going on in this nation a process that I have termed the secularization of America. The single most substantial factor in the degeneration of the values and morals of our society is that we as a nation are forsaking the Almighty, and I fear that He will begin to forsake us. We are shutting the door against the God whose sons and daughters we are . . .Future blessings will come only as we deserve them.
Can we expect peace and prosperity, harmony and goodwill, when we turn our backs on the Source of strength? If we are to continue to have the freedoms that evolved within the structure that was the inspiration of the Almighty to our Founding Fathers, we must return to the God who is their true Author… God bless America for it is His creation.”