According to the Mormon religion, its Founder "Joseph Smith unearthed a set of gold plates from a hill in upstate New York in 1827 and translated the ancient text into English. The account, known as The Book of Mormon, tells the story of two Israelite civilizations living in the New World. One derived from a single family who fled from Jerusalem in 600 B.C. and eventually splintered into two groups, known as the Nephites and Lamanites" (Salt Lake Tribune). The book's current introduction, added by the late LDS apostle Bruce R. McConkie in 1981, says, "After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians." Now Mormon leaders have changed their claim to read: "After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are among the ancestors of the American Indians."
The change has caused a real row among Mormons. Why? Because while some Mormons want to hold on to what Joseph Smith claimed as history no matter what evidence there is to the contrary, others are seeking to head off a serious objection to Smith's invented history from DNA evidence. In 1971, Spencer W. Kimball, who would become Mormon president in 1974, said that Lehi, the family patriarch, was "the ancestor of all of the Indian and Mestizo tribes in North and South and Central America and in the islands of the sea."
The problem for this fairytale masquerading as history is that DNA testing of American Indians shows that the continent's early inhabitants came from Asia across the Bering Strait.
In the words of ex-Mormon, Simon Southerton, who wrote the book Losing a Lost Tribe: Native Americans, DNA and the Mormon Church, "DNA has revealed very clearly how closely related American Indians are to their Siberian ancestors. The Lamanites are invisible, not principal ancestors." In other words, there is not a shred of evidence that the Mormon religion's proposed history is anything but pure invention. Mormonism, as any Bible believer should know, is built on fiction masquerading as fact, fairytale dressed up to look like history, and worst of all, false religion made to appear as a Biblical expression of Christianity.
Some Mormons believe they can lessen the damage to Mormon credibility by saying that the DNA evidence is complex and that the Book of Mormon doesn't preclude the idea that there were other ancestors than their claimed Israelite families for American Indians. It is a futile effort. Mormonism fails on every front. Its history is fiction. Its religion is anti-Christian. It is a house of cards built on the delusions and deceptions of an unscrupulous man, a liar and a plagiarist. This anti-Christian religion is gaining a lot of publicity as a result of the efforts of one of its members to win the Republican nomination to stand for President in the 2008 election. Mitt Romney may be an able politician but his growing fame should not be allowed to cast an unearned glow of acceptability on the ludicrous meanderings of his chosen religion.