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 DNA vs. the Book of Mormon

For more than 170 years the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has declared the Book of Mormon to be a scriptural and literal history of the ancient inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere. It tells the story of an Israelite family who supposedly immigrated to and fully populated the American continents. Jesus, after his death and resurrection, is said to have visited this once great Israelite civilization.

The Book of Mormon teaches that these Israelites are the principal ancestors of the modern-day Native Americans. New discoveries in DNA research allow scientists to test this claim. Thousands of Native Americans from more than 150 tribes have been DNA tested to determine their ancestry.

Modern DNA testing challenges the basic claims of Mormonism, proving that the Book of Mormon is not of divine origin.