Finding Lehi in America through DNA Analysis
Author: Ugo A. Perego
False traditions and faulty assumptions can sometimes lead to unverifiable conclusions. This is the case with recent discussions regarding the inability of geneticists to substantiate the existence of Book of Mormon peoples living on the American continent.
Many members may assume that the American continents were empty when the Brother of Jared and Lehi arrived, but the Book of Mormon never makes this statement. A close reading actually hints that there was an indigenous population that co-mingled with the people of Lehi. This mixing of cultures, coupled with important unknowns, makes locating migrant DNA difficult.
Dr. Perego explores the intersection of science and belief, explaining the limitations of DNA analysis as a tool to prove or disprove the historical authenticity of the Book of Mormon.
Learn more about this topic in A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History