Oct. 4, 1999

Dear Jim,

I am very curious to what the Hopi Indians Dolls have to do with the Mormon Church. There is a display of them in the Mormon Museum in Salt Lake City. I believe they are in what is called the Presidents Room and are displayed in glass cases.

I am a born again Spirit Filled Christian, and have lived in Idaho most of my life, so know many people who are Mormon. I have read all your books, plus any other book about I can about people coming out of this cult.

I have never in any of my reading ever found the connection or meaning behind this display of these Hopi Indian Dolls which are dressed in assorted costumes and the mormon belief. Can you answer this question.


Donna--Meridian, Idaho

P.S. I do receive your newsletters and find them very, very interesting.



One of the important things to remember about Mormonism is that, from its inception, it has taken a special interest in American Indians. First of all, Mormonism teaches us that the American Indians are actually descendents of Jews who came to the New World in three different waves of "boat people."

The most important Book of Mormon group are the Nephites (and their apostate brethren, the Lamanites). So, since the Book of Mormon is felt to be a book written by the progenitors of the American Indians, it is natural that Mormonism has a deep interest in Indian culture. The Church continually attempts to link the Aztec civilization to Book of Mormon accounts.

So when the Mormon Church is displaying Hopi indian dolls, it is actually saying that somehow the existence of that culture proves the history of the Book of Mormon.

Hope this little bit helps.