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Evidence in Support of the Book of Mormon

Updated on May 28, 2018
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Introduction

The Book of Mormon and its claims have been a hot topic for a very long time now. However, many of the discussions have been attempts to disprove the claims of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is time for latter-day saints to stand tall and strong, and to put an end to our silence. I will provide my readers with some evidence that gives even greater validity to what we as Mormons say and teach.

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The Tablets

When one opens a book of Mormon, one discovers some history about the records before the primary scriptures are presented. In a section titled A Brief Explanation about the Book of Mormon we learn that the writings of the following pages originated on Native American plates.

"The Book of Mormon is a sacred record of peoples in ancient America and was engraved upon metal plates." - The Book of Mormon

The idea of metallic books is absurd to some people. However, there does exist a historical precedent for such things. According to an article by the Daily Mail (linked below), "[a]n ancient set of lead tablets" were found in the Middle East.

"The metal 'pages', held together like a ring binder, were found in Jordan in around 2008 by an Jordanian Bedouin and make reference to Christ and his disciples." - Daily Mail

Thus, metal books were an item of the ancient world. Archaeology gives support to one of the founding blocks of Mormon religion. Further, it should be mentioned that writing on tablets was also common in the ancient world. Even mail in ancient Iran was written on and sent in hardened clay. Clearly, using hard surfaces for writing was a relatively common practice among the ancients. Furthermore, it is common knowledge that there were books in the ancient Americas. I bring this up about the books, because many individuals are unfortunately unaware of how advanced some civilizations in the ancient Americas truly were.

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Native American Jews

One claim from us Mormons that often bothers people is that at least some of the Native Americans were Jews who came from the Middle East originally. We preach that some of the Native Americans were descended from the Lamanites (a Hebraic people). In the section titled Introduction within the Book of Mormon, we read:

"After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are among the ancestors of the American Indians." - The Book of Mormon

This claim might seem ridiculous to you at first. However, science again backs our faith. The Jewish Chronicle published an article (linked below) stating that, according to one Donald Yates (a geneticist), members of the Cherokee Nation could be Jewish!

"[T]here is compelling evidence that within the Cherokee nation of American Indians, mothers and other matrilineal forbearers bear bona fide Middle East Jewish genetic markers." - The Jewish Chronicle

The article goes on to inform us that this heritage could predate the arrival of Columbus! Historically, it is well known that the Hebrews traveled a lot. More and more DNA tests are confirming that the Prophet Abraham was indeed "a father of many nations" (Genesis 17:5 KJV).* The early latter-day saints said that some of the Native Americans came from the house of Israel, and genetics gives us additional proof.

Early Arrival

We, as Mormons, state that ship travel to the Americas predates Christopher Columbus' visit. Talk of the construction of a ship destined for the Americas can be found in the First Book of Nephi in The Book of Mormon. Is this crazy talk? No, not at all. Alasdair Wilkins, in a piece he wrote (linked below), tells us that we have known about Viking arrival to the Americas since the 1960s. When mentioning Viking remains discovered on a site in the Americas, Wilkins states:

"[t]he site dates back about 1000 years, and the remains of eight buildings survive. The structures and artifacts found at the site have definitive similarities to those in corresponding sites in Iceland and Greenland." - Alasdair Wilkins

There definitely exists archaeological precedent to suggest that travel to the Americas from Eurasia was indeed a thing. It would actually be sillier to attempt at suggesting anything to the contrary at this day and age!

Horses

Were not the earliest horses in the Americas brought over by the post-Columbian Europeans? This hypothesis doesn't necessarily hold well to the ground. In The Book of Mormon we read of claims that horses were already on American soil before the arrival of Columbus. In fact, the word "horses" occurs thirteen times in this book. This is insane, right? It is not crazy in the least. Besides the scriptures, there is scientific evidence to back this claim too! In an article by Craig C. Downer (also linked below), one reads that:

"A considerable body of evidence has surfaced concerning the more recent survival of the horse species in North America. Though the prevailing view maintains that the entire horse family died out around 10,000 years ago at the end of Earth's last major glaciation, evidence for horse presence from anywhere from a little over 7,000 years before present (YBP) to less than 1,000 YBP is too substantial to dismiss." - Craig C. Downer

Downer continues with evidence, such as a "horse geoglyph" in California that is dated to roughly 900 years old. It should be notes that many of the events mentioned in The Book of Mormon are dated at earlier than 2,000 years ago!

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Conclusion

Although many people try to disprove the claims of Mormon scripture, objective and honest scientific research seems only to confirm the claims written in our holiest of texts. The truth should only continue to flourish as time goes on.

*To clarify, Hebrews are descendants of the Prophet Abraham (formerly Abram). Many individuals have been finding trace amounts of Jewish ancestry by way of genetic testing. Heavenly Father promised that Father Abraham's posterity would be great and modern science has been validating G-d's promise.

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Downer, Craig C. “The Horse and Burro as Positively Contributing Returned Natives in North America.” American Journal of Life Sciences, vol. 2, no. 1, 2014, pp. 5–23., doi:10.11648/j.ajls.20140201.12.

“Is This the First Written Mention of Jesus? 2,000-Year-Old Lead Tablets Found in a Remote Cave ARE Genuine, Claim Researchers.” The Daily Mail, 30 Nov. 2016.

Lazarus, David. “Big Chief Rabbi: Why Cherokees Could Be Jewish.” The Jewish Chronicle, Thejc.com, 30 Sept. 2016, www.thejc.com/news/world/big-chief-rabbi-why-cherokees-could-be-jewish-1.53565.

The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ ; Doctrine and Covenants of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ; Pearl of Great Price. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2013.

Wilkins, Alasdair. “How Many Groups Reached the Americas before Christopher Columbus?” io9, io9.Gizmodo.com, 16 Dec. 2015, io9.gizmodo.com/5787034/how-many-groups-reached-the-americas-before-christopher-columbus.

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    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      3 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Rodric, thank you so much for your kind words. :)

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I like your voice in this article. The information was easy to swallow and you provided links to check your work. I am a member of the church and Love the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It converted me to Christianity and then I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

      Thank you for writing this article, Alexander. Blessings!

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      8 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Prayer is always a good idea brother. :)

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry to bother you but going to sleep / first playing "bed" games with my boy, ""who can not say a word longest." And chatting about love.

      I could not get this out of my mind.

      Maybe the proof/evidence is in the good works.

      And that begs the question as this piece is good work for soul and mind. I will pray on it.

    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      8 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Eric, thank you so much. Your words are very touching. May God bless you and your loved ones.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Perhaps I should be more clear. The Book of Mormon is so awesome. I was, for business with a fellow named Carlos Salinas. I was just buying aluminum for China. Carlos was cool. But we were doing a dump water project for politics to seal our deal. So many of those dump people had been touched by your missionaries it made me cry.

      I saw it again in the Korean peninsula.Life is better because of those Folks of the Latter Day idea.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      8 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Eric, it's awesome that you were a trial lawyer!

    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      8 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Eric, I apply proof to strengthen preexisting faith.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, how do yo interpret "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" if god is faith without proof?

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Read it very interesting.

      My girlfriend took me to many a ward meeting. I truly love Mary.

      But did my time as a trial lawyer. "proof or evidence" God is faith not evidence. Thomas was an idiot.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      8 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      That is my goal and should always be an objective. May we both come closer to understanding with meditation, study, and experience. In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 months ago from Washington DC

      Any truth I see I support, thank you for allowing me to be able to support the truth you present.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      8 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I like you Elijah. Thanks for the support.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 months ago from Washington DC

      Concerning the metal tablets, with the Bible saying one of Cain's multiple grand grandchildren being "Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron" and a sister as Central American navies and the Book of Mormons took place in the same region it is very likely there would have been metal tablets.

      As for there are "Native American Jews" the Bible's "Land of Nod" is a reference to the Americas natives and where I got the foregoing information. By it happening prior to the events leading to "The Book of Mormon" and "nod" means to wake up to a and sleep many times suggests the Americas were founded many times before it was in 1492 prior to developing "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT..." 1776.

      As a philosophy, "lover of wisdom," it would b e impossible for me to love wisdom and not take "objective" interest in the study of other 'sacred" writings. I study any I can get my hands on long enough to study and see how they are cone eying similar and collaboration messages.

      Thank you, Alexander, for that collaborating evidence to my understanding of life.

      Peace

      Elijah NatureBoy

    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      9 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Yes, salvation through Jesus Christ. We believe our church was made by him. Matthew is a beautiful synoptic gospel.

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      charlie 

      9 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      the only thing that really makes me angry, which is scripturally ok, if you sin not. Is false doctrines and churches of man that spread them. The church system of man is not of God. In this age of Christ as Lord the is NO clergy and there is no tabernacle (church building called church). The church is the real disciples of Christ, those that do all He requires not those that meet the qualification of man made false and incomplete doctrines they claim to be of Christ. Scriptures , the real ones in the original languages, are clear books of man are not. No man other than Christ has any authority over another man, all man are equal but some have more responsibilities. NO other man can write a name in the book of Life, just Jesus. No man can follow 2 masters, ie the "a church system division and Christ." Only those that follow Christ alone will enter the eternal kingdom of God.

      Here are the words of the man Christ Himself on how to become a son of God, there is NO other way.

      Matt 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

      Any person that tries to take you to anyone, church, man, denomination or any other place except to the man Jesus Christ the son of God is leading or has led you astray. There is salvation NO WHERE ELSE

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      9 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I disagree with you. I like the idea of no divisions though. I can kinda feel that. If you tell everyone around you why you think that they're wrong, you may be surrounded by a lot of unhappy people. Of course, I a'int perfect and I will not pretend to be. I used to have a lot of anger too not very long ago.

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      charlie 

      9 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      NO IT IS NOT, SOME WILL BELIEVE YOUR LIES BUT DISCIPLES OF THE REAL JESUS CHRIST WILL NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD and can not be fooled by false doctrines of apostate man which ALL denominations (divisions of the church system) are. led by apostate man following apostate man.

      disciples are not part of the man made system of division (which God hates). they do not follow apostate man but they follow the man Jesus Christ alone. There are NO divisions in His church made of living stones.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      9 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      It's the same gospel. Simmer down. Don't have a panic attack.

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      charlie 

      9 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      you folk recently quit using the title you used for YEARS. The book of mormon, "another gospel of jesus christ"

      because the scriptures warn about the coming of your cult and others.

      Gal 1:6-9 6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

      So SCRIPTURE makes it clear mormon is a cursed fake and IS NOT OF GOD.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      9 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Thank you for you kindness Mary. I appreciate you. :)

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      Mary Norton 

      9 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have only heard of this claim now so I have not really encountered research proving this. It is, however, interesting. Many claims of our own Church still needs to be proven today so for believers, their faith makes it true.

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