Other People Groups Are Primary Ancestors of Native Americans

  • Nephites – Same Hebrew origins

  • Mulekites (book of Omni) – also of Hebrew origins

  • Jaredites – from the Tower of Babel. All except one man were killed in a devastating war

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It is possible that other people groups are the primary ancestors of the Native Americans? Of course, this explanation ignores or falsifies the clear teaching found in the Book of Mormon Introduction, that claims that the Lamanites “are the principal ancestors of the American Indians” (italics added).1 The Lamanites could not be the principal ancestors of the Native Americans if they were only a minority contributor. The Book of Mormon does mention other people groups. Of course, the Book of Mormon indicates that the Nephites were in the Americas, but were all wiped out in 385 A.D. by the Lamanites.2 Even if any were left, they were also of Jewish origin, so would be expected to carry Jewish Functional and physical units of heredity passed from parent to offspring. Genes are pieces of DNA, and most genes contain the information for making a specific protein.genes.

Another possible people group is the Mulekites, from the Book of Omni. The Mulekites had come out of Jerusalem at the time of the Jewish captivity by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. Although the Book of Mormon does not specifically mention how they reached the Americas, the Book of Helaman from the Book of Mormon records that "the Lord brought Lehi to the land south and Mulek to the land north." (Helaman 6:10).3 However, since these people were also of Jewish origin, they would be expected to express Jewish genetics.

Over 1000 years before the arrival of the Nephites, the Jaredites, who had their origins at the Tower of Babel, had arrived in the New World according to the Book of Mormon (Ether 1-2). However, the Jaredite nation underwent a devastating war, which completely erased their civilization. According to the Book of Mormon introduction, “The other [Jaredites] came much earlier when the Lord confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel, This group is known as the Jaredites. After thousands of years, all were destroyed...”1 There is one possible exception, being one of the leaders, Coriantumr. According to the Book of Ether, introduction to the 15th chapter, “The Jaredite nation is utterly destroyed—Only Coriantumr remains”.4 The presence of only one male among a population of founders could never remove all remnants of Jewish genetics, since this man would not influence the Genetic material found in mitochondria, the organelles that generate energy for the cell.mtDNA genetics at all, since those Functional and physical units of heredity passed from parent to offspring. Genes are pieces of DNA, and most genes contain the information for making a specific protein.genes are passed only maternally.


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  1. Book of Mormon Introduction: “The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fulness of the everlasting gospel. The book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation. Their words, written on gold plates, were quoted and abridged by a prophet-historian named Mormon. The record gives an account of two great civilizations. One came from Jerusalem in 600 B.C., and afterward separated into two nations, known as the Nephites and the Lamanites. The other came much earlier when the Lord confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel, This group is known as the Jaredites. After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians.” (Book of Mormon:Introduction Preface:1-2)

  2. And now it came to pass that after the great and tremendous battle at Cumorah, behold, the Nephites who had escaped into the country southward were hunted by the Lamanites, until they were all destroyed. (Book of Mormon:Mormon 8:2)

  3. Now the land south was called Lehi, and the land north was called Mulek, which was after the son of Zedekiah; for the Lord did bring Mulek into the land north, and Lehi into the land south. (Book of Mormon:Helaman 6:10)

  4. Millions of the Jaredites are slain in battle—Shiz and Coriantumr assemble all the people to mortal combat—The Spirit of the Lord ceases to strive with them—The Jaredite nation is utterly destroyed—Only Coriantumr remains. (Book of Mormon:Ether 15:Heading)
    Two groups of Jaredites battled at Cumorah Hill in New York state. The armies destroyed each other until only the two leaders were left. Coriantumr killed Shiz, therefore being the only survivor:
        Wherefore, he did pursue them, and on the morrow he did overtake them; and they fought again with the sword. And it came to pass that when they had all fallen by the sword, save it were Coriantumr and Shiz, behold Shiz had fainted with the loss of blood. And it came to pass that when Coriantumr had leaned upon his sword, that he rested a little, he smote off the head of Shiz. And it came to pass that after he had smitten off the head of Shiz, that Shiz raised up on his hands and fell; and after that he had struggled for breath, he died. And it came to pass that Coriantumr fell to the earth, and became as if he had no life. (Book of Mormon:Ether 15:29-32)

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