The Backyard Professor takes us on a little stroll through the issues the Book of Mormon and Israelite DNA and what The LDS Prophets, Seers, and Revelators have said about Lamanite Ethnicity and DNA
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Is there anything from Mormonism that is worth saving?
Or should we just throw it all out in the garbage?
Loved the episode, Kerry. There is one thing about the Zelph episode that you missed, though: it’s “Onondagus,” with the accent on the long “A.” In other words, Joseph Smith just took a local “Lamanite” name that he already knew (i.e. Onondaga Lake and Onondaga County in his backyard in New York) and added a Latin masculine ending to make it sound smarter, I guess—kind of like “Alphus” or “Omegus” in D & C 95:17. He was just pulling this stuff out of his ass.
Thanks, that was a really well done podcast. I had never thought of things in quite that way before, so it was worthwhile to listen to.
Great podcast, Kerry. One thing I would add is that the prophet “Onondagus” mentioned in the Zelph accounts is pronounced just like “Onondaga” county and Onondaga Lake in central New York (Joseph Smith’s backyard) but with a Latin suffix added. In other words, Joseph Smith took a “Lamanite” name, and added a Latin suffix to make it sound more “learned,” kind of like he does with “Alphus” and “Omegus” in D & C 95:17. The point is Joseph was just pulling things out of a hat, as it were!