February 18th, 2006

Joseph Smith

DNA and Mormonism article in the LA Times

I wanted to post some links, mostly just to have them here. some of you probably have already seen the article posted in the LA Times:

Bedrock of a Faith Is Jolted

if you haven't read it I encourage you to take a look. It's a good article.

Some further information:

At Religious Tolerance site

Simon Southerton's "Why I Left" story at exmormon.org

I'd also like to say that I have read Simon Southerton's book, Losing a Lost Tribe: Native Americans, DNA and the Mormon Church and I highly recommend it. It's a really interesting book and goes into detail about things but isn't difficult to understand.

I'm happy to see this article in the LA Times and see this issue getting attention. People don't know about it, especially good faithful mormons. I hope it's a wake up call to at least a few people. I know for the most part it will be rejected by mormons and they will refuse to think about it or they will just make excuses to make their faith fit. I am already seeing that reaction. things about how satan changed DNA or hid evidence to trick us or that god did it to test us. things about how scientists are out to get the church. it's stupid.

When you set your mind to something like that, no matter how foolish, no one will change your mind. no fact, no evidence, nothing. It's up to you to be willing to be open to the fact that your faith might not be the "one true" one. that your faith is just faith and not fact. Especially when the facts don't fit.

For me being able to admit the church wasn't true and leave it had two parts, and one had to come first. firstly I found the information. I had the information but I would not accept it. It couldn't be true. I couldn't move on until the second part finally came...the willingness to admit that maybe the church wasn't true. Being open to the possibility that it wasn't. And once I got over my stubbornness and my fear I could take all that information and finally apply it. use it. build with it new knowledge. You can't build anything until you have a spot to build on. I think that is the hardest but most important part: acceptance. and once you can accept and be open-minded you can begin to learn new things, even if they conflict with old beliefs.
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