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Was Mormon a Native American?

posted Jul 7, 2010, 6:41 PM by Colonel Forbes

You know, the Book of Mormon doesn’t seem so big.  I wonder why I’ve yet to read it?  Maybe a few chapters into it, and I’ll remember.

So what should I think of the people of Nephi and the Lamanites?  If these are the peoples native to the Americas, then shouldn’t these words look and sound more like Navajo and Lenape?  By the way, I had to go to www.native-languages.org to find such words.  I wonder how Joseph Smith would have created (ahem….translated) these words if he had been blessed with the internet.

I made it through the Title Page.  I see that the first English copy was printed in 1830.  Is this true?  Who was the publisher?  Was Mormon a native American?  The introduction says that the Lamanites were the principal ancestors of the “American Indians”.  It also references a story whereby the Lord “confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel.” 

OK.  I guess I better start off with my beliefs.  I believe that “God” is the personification of the Universal  Spirit or Oneness whereby life is created.  I believe that “Man” is the point whereby the Universal becomes individualized in order to express its creative nature.  God and Man are interdependent.  One cannot exist without the other.  What is God if no creations exist?  I will refer to terms such as God, Universe and Spirit interchangeably.

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posted Jul 7, 2010, 6:41 PM by Colonel Forbes

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