Native Americans: a Pure and Delightsome People - Book of Mormon Prophecy

Rainbow, painted by the author
Rainbow, painted by the author

In the LDS religion, there is a book they claim contains a history of Native Americans. It is called the Book of Mormon, a Second Witness of Jesus Christ. The book contains the activities of two main groups: the Nephites and the Lamanites. In the Book of Mormon, there is a special promise for the Lamanites: 2 Nephi 30:6 says: "And then shall they rejoice; for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a pure and a delightsome people."

Originally, the Lamanites were cursed with a black skin (see 2 Nephi 5:21) because of their iniquity. Later on, all repented, and the evil Lamanites were destroyed in the catastrophe that happened on the occasion of Jesus Christ's crucifixion (see 3 Nephi, chapter 8). It is supposed that the curse was lifted at that time, and all who survived were happy and righteous. But after a couple of hundred years, people began to turn wicked again. However there were more righteous Lamanites than Nephites, so the Lamanites prevailed in the subsequent wars between the two nations. The Nephites died out or were mostly killed off and the Lamanites remained to roam and fill the land.

I've been studying the Native American cultures recently, and if it is true that they represent - even in a small degree - the Lamanites that supposedly inhabited the land, then I have concluded that the prophecy named above has been fulfilled: They have, indeed, become a pure and delightsome people. Let me put here text and links that demonstrate my point:

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Dream Catchers

Originating from the Ojibwa, but later adopted by other tribes, the dream catcher is a willow loop decorated with beads and feathers, with a loose net designed to symbolize a spider web. Just as the spider web catches prey for the spider, the dream catcher catches dreams that roam the night. Good dreams make it through a symbolic hole in the center, then filter down through the feathers that hang down on the lower half of the loop. It is said that sometimes the feathers move in response to the passasge of the dreams through them on their way to the person sleeping.

Bad dreams are caught in the web, and stay there until the sun rises and burns them away like the morning dew.

Dream catchers are used by anyone desiring good dreams, but they are also placed above a baby's bed to ensure a peaceful night's rest.

Sophistication among the primitive:

http://library.thinkquest.org/TQ0312140/ThinkQuest/Alisha/Native%20Americans%20in%20Science.htm

Ceremony to Mother Earth

OJIBWA PRAYER

A prayer by the Ojibwa reflects their dependence on the "Great Spirit" for their wisdom, their knowledge, and well-being. The prayer acknowledges that they are weak and small, and that the more important fight is not to be superior to their brothers, but to conquer their greatest enemy, themselves. It demonstrates their appreciation of nature, and even the sunsets, and their desire to ultimately rest in the same way, and to face their creator without shame.

The Ojibwa claim to hear God's voice in the winds, and that his breath gives life to everyone. Their prayer asks for sharp ears, not to hear the approach of their enemies, but to hear the voice of "the Great Spirit," and to understand what he has taught their people. They believe there is a lesson to be learned, lessons found in each leaf and rock.

PRAYER FOR THE WHITE MAN

This prayer, found in a Native American tribe, addresses God as "Grandfather." It asks a blessing on "the White Man," even though - as the prayer acknowledges - they tried to destroy "my people." It invokes wisdom, humility and guidance for the White Man, and asks "Grandfather" to help them to know the peace those Native Americans understand.

The prayer predicts that some day the White Man will destroy themselves, "as they have done to Mother Earth." The prayer concludes with "After all, They are my Brothers."

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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Interesting take. I enjoyed reading this article because it gave me a clean perspective. I mean, I did not feel like someone was trying to convert me to Mormonism.

Since I am a Mormon, that would be pointless, but I like the tone of the article. I voted this one up. Good job.


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SamboRambo 4 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah Author

Thank you for your comments, Bro. Rodric.


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Alexander Mark 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

I don't believe in Mormonism, but I find the regard for American Indians fascinating. I have met a few Indians, and they are most definitely a different people, it is tragic their cultures have been largely destroyed in the last few hundred years of American history.

I love that you touched upon some very Christian attributes such as the worship of the Holy Spirit, blessing their enemies, and the Objiwa's understanding of humanity's battle with the flesh. This belief system existed before the gospel came to them and it brings to mind Romans 1:20.

I agree with Rodric29, you did not try to convince the reader to become LDS, but you gave useful information to understand an aspect of Mormonism while informing us about the nature of Indian spirituality. As a Christian, I find this very uplifting, thank you.


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SamboRambo 4 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah Author

Alex, I appreciate your candid remarks.


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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Just had to comment again how good I think this article is and shared, voted up again. It is truly informative.


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SamboRambo 4 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah Author

Thanks, Rodric,

Keep watching; I'm collecting information on the African Americans.

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