Nort, do the following to get the present Mormon position (since the LDSers haven't contradicted it) on the Lamanites/DNA issue.
1. Go to lds.org
2. In the search box type "1977 regional representatives Lamanites"
3. The link to http://www.lds.org/ensign/1977/05/news- ... +Lamanites
I say these things in the name of the Angel Moroni, an exalted omniscient god in the Celestial Kingdom, who spent mortality as a great prophet-historian of the great Nephite civilization after being reared in his childhood and young adult years by a fellow great prophet-historian. Then Moroni spent about 14 centuries carefully protecting the sacred plates from the wicked so the great honest prophet Joseph Smith could bring them forth to the world and spread the truths about the Nephite and Lamanite civilizations as were told to him by the Angel Moroni and eventually passed on to Kimball and others.
Crazy people who believe in crazy things like science might not believe that Moroni was real. Well here is what Kimball taught the Regional Representatives. This has never been officially contradicted by LDS leaders since.
“In this past year, the membership of the Church in western South America has more than doubled, and a very strong and important Lamanite population has emerged. There is a groundswell of interest and activity, and we are proud and pleased.” He said that there had been an increase of “more than 400 percent of the Lamanite missionaries” from these areas. The President also noted that this same pattern is evident in Mexico and Central America “where there are tens of thousands of pure-blood Indians, or Lamanites. The Mexican people are responding rapidly, not only in numbers, but in power, and in leadership and in strength.”
The President said that “the coming five years will be unbelievable if we will do our part.” He then reported that today “we have some half million Lamanite members in the Church, in the South Seas, in North and South America,” but that this represents only a small portion of the 60 million possible Lamanites in the world.
“A great many of you Regional Representatives are working in the areas of the children of Lehi,” said President Kimball. He reported that of the 840 stakes in the Church at present, “89 stakes are entirely Lamanite, 100 stakes have sizable numbers of Lamanites in them, and then we have approximately 380 stakes with some mixture of Lamanites in them.”
“The Lord certainly had in mind that there should be Lamanite branches, Lamanite stakes, Lamanite missions, Lamanite leaders, and the Church has begun to establish this kind of a program that has been touched upon but not fully completed.”
“This is a new day,” he said. “There is a new groundswell. The Lamanites have received a promise that Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness and the Lamanites shall blossom as the rose. Jacob is waiting for us to help. We have made much progress. We are grateful for it, but we haven’t begun to do enough. It seems to me that a new effort, a new direction should be taken to see that the Lamanites are not only baptized but that they are organized and trained. This work will flourish and grow, and we will see the Lamanites come forward into their own.”