Native Americans Descended From a Single Ancestral Group, DNA Study Confirms
University of California – Davis, April 28, 2009
[The Book of Mormon] is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas
The record gives an account of two great civilizations. One came from Jerusalem in 600 B.C., and afterward separated into two nations, known as the Nephites and the Lamanites. The other came much earlier when the Lord confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel. This group is known as the Jaredites. After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are among the ancestors of the American Indians.
~Book of Mormon, Introduction
Mormons claim the Book of Mormon is true because, among other things, despite nearly 180 years of trying, nobody has proven it false. The problem with this claim is that it has been proven false. Archeological and DNA evidence long ago proved that Native Americans emigrated from East Asia. Mormon apologists then posited that there may have been multiple groups in the Americas at the time. The DNA evidence, however, was so overwhelming that the leaders of the church updated the Introduction to the Book of Mormon.
Mormons Fix Apostle’s Mistake
Brent Danley, The Rhetoric, November 18, 2007
This new study from the University of California – Davis completely disproves both the apologist’s argument and the core claim of the Book of Mormon.
Virtually without exception the new evidence supports the single ancestral population theory.
“Our work provides strong evidence that, in general, Native Americans are more closely related to each other than to any other existing Asian populations, except those that live at the very edge of the Bering Strait,” said Kari Britt Schroeder, a lecturer at the University of California, Davis, and the first author on the paper describing the study.
It’s time for Mormons to stop saying the Book of Mormon has withstood the test of time and critical scrutiny. It has not. Not only have the claims not been demonstrated to be true, they have been proven false. Despite 180 years of trying to dig up proof of Nephite and Lamanite civilizations and unsuccessful attempts to locate Zarahemla, nothing has been found. The Book of Mormon is fiction.