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Journalists who use the Internet for research may find the following list of recent corrections and clarifications helpful.
DNA and the Book of Mormon
Various media outlets, 11 November 2003

The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is exactly what it claims to be — a record of God’s dealings with peoples of ancient America and a second witness of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The strongest witness of the Book of Mormon is to be obtained by living the Christ-centered principles contained in its pages and by praying about its truthfulness.

Recent attacks on the veracity of the Book of Mormon based on DNA evidence are ill considered. Nothing in the Book of Mormon precludes migration into the Americas by peoples of Asiatic origin. The scientific issues relating to DNA, however, are numerous and complex. Those interested in a more detailed analysis of those issues are referred to the resources below.


The following are not official Church positions or statements. They are simply information resources from authors with expertise in this area that readers may find helpful:

"Before DNA" (John L. Sorenson and Matthew Roper, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, vol. 12, no. 1, 2003) Download PDF document (715 KB)  


"DNA and the Book of Mormon: A Phylogenetic Perspective" (Michael F. Whiting, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, vol. 12, no. 1, 2003) Download PDF document (431 KB)


"A Few Thoughts from a Believing Scientist" (John M. Butler, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, vol. 12, no. 1, 2003) Download PDF document (169 KB)


"Who Are the Children of Lehi?" (D. Jeffrey Meldrum and Trent D. Stephens, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, vol. 12, no. 1, 2003) Download PDF document (427 KB)



"Does DNA Evidence Refute the Book of Mormon?" (Jeffrey D. Lindsay, Ph.D., 16 November 2003) Download PDF document (478 KB)

Other recent corrections
Embryonic Stem-Cell Research, Lincoln Journal Star, 26 May 2005
Polygamous Mormons, Associated Press, 1 Mar 2005
DNA and the Book of Mormon, Various media outlets, 11 Nov 2003
Church Response to Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven, (New York: Doubleday, 2003), 27 Jun 2003
Capital Punishment in Utah, Various news outlets, 27 May 2003
American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857
by Sally Denton
, Knopf, 3 Aug 2003
Erroneous Reporting of Elizabeth Smart Case, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 Mar 2003
Message of Peace Misinterpreted, Various news outlets, 7 Oct 2002
Tom Green, Polygamist coverage, BBC, Australian newspapers, 5 Sep 2002
Utah Theocracy, The Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan 2002
30,000 Mormon Polygamists, USA Today, 12 Feb 2002
Mormons in Utah, The Washington Post, 14 Feb 2002
Alcohol on Medals Plaza, The Gazette (Colorado Springs), 18 Feb 2002
Fundamentalist Mormons , The Toronto Star, 6 Feb 2002
Mormon Tom Green, Court TV, 3 Jun 2002
Speculations on suicide and depression, KUTV, "Eye On America," CBS News, 3 Jun 2002
"Poison Pen" response, The Scotsman, 12 Aug 2002

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