We also must rule out, as the article has done, the possibility of Lehi's family being the only group in the Americas, despite some church leaders preaching that, the Book of Mormon chronicling rough population numbers throughout (reaching millions), claiming they filled the land, stating that the land was preserved only for the righteous, & explicitly detailing the story of the 1 person they found not of their group (Coriantumr).
To continue, we will assume the most diluting possibility, that Lehi's group was a minority in an abundantly populated land.
To explain the missing DNA, we must assume that no one (or very few) of Lehi's descendants ever reproduced with the other people of the Americas, else traces of their DNA would be found in autosomal testing (those telling Old testament DNA passages).
While the Nephites were unlikely to intermarry with others, the Lamanites had no such reservations & frequently interbred with Nephite defectors. Book of Mormon apologists also use the presence of other groups of people in the Americas as a means to justify rapid population growth. To claim complete isolation may help the DNA argument, but would cause population difficulties.
Even if the Lamanites had remained an isolated tribe, during and after the Book of Mormon narrative, it would mean that the tribe would have to not be tested but still have had the gospel contained in the Book of Mormon preached to them.
Many modern LDS prophets have claimed groups of Native Americans as Lamanites & even sent missionaries under that pretext to fulfill prophecy. There are several passages of canonized scripture detailing Lamanites after the establishment of the church including Doctrine & Covenants 10, 28, 30, 32, 49, & 54.
It seems, to me, that the church has painted itself into a corner.
While it is admirable that they are attempting to address difficult concerns, it is reprehensible that their approach has been that of omission & deceit.
I implore my friends and family, nearly all of whom are LDS, to honestly evaluate their beliefs.
I am constantly encouraged to read LDS literature, and expected to never be upset because "they are only worried about my soul, because they love me." Not only do I comply, but I do so without anger toward those making the request.
Please keep that in mind as I ask you to consider these facts. Do it with an open heart, with real intent, and realizing that I do it because I don't want you to have the detriment any longer of an institution of men profiting off your belief.
What is it worth if it isn't true?
Ezra Taft Benson wrote, "The Book of Mormon is the keystone of [our] testimony. Just as the arch crumbles if the keystone is removed, so does all the Church stand or fall with the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon."
Jeffery R Holland said "Either the Book of Mormon is what the Prophet Joseph said it is or this Church and its founder are false, fraudulent, a deception from the first instance onward. Not everything in life is so black and white, but it seems the authenticity of the Book of Mormon and its keystone role in our belief is exactly that. Either Joseph Smith was the prophet he said he was, who, after seeing the Father and the Son, later beheld the angel Moroni, repeatedly heard counsel from his lips, eventually receiving at his hands a set of ancient gold plates which he then translated according to the gift and power of God—or else he did not. And if he did not, in the spirit of President Benson’s comment, he is not entitled to retain even the reputation of New England folk hero or well-meaning young man or writer of remarkable fiction. No, and he is not entitled to be considered a great teacher or a quintessential American prophet or the creator of great wisdom literature. If he lied about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, he is certainly none of those."https://www.LDS.org/new-era/1995/06/true-or-false
Through pondering and studying the Book of Mormon for most of my life, I have determined that it is neither divine nor true. It is a fraud containing plagiarized text (notably "The Late War").
What's worse, is that it is used as a means of control over millions of kind and loving people. It is sent into the world with a sales force of thousands of young believers (of whom I was one) peddling it to the masses.
Its narrative is anachronistic at best, and immoral at worst. The church that claims it damages the lives of its members financially, emotionally, and in some cases physically (how many young disease-ridden RMs do you know, or parents of a missionary who died?).
Please, please, please re-evaluate your beliefs. If you believe I am mistaken, I am happy to hear your reasons, but please don't just dismiss facts because your church published an article saying that you shouldn't trust science or external facts. Most members (my former self included) are afraid to read or research for fear of discovering facts outside of their faith. If you have the truth, why should you fear? If god were on your side, who could be against you?
Please read. Please think.
P.S. this post assumes a high level of understanding of LDS scripture and history. You may contact me for references to anything I've stated as assumed knowledge above.
P.P.S. anyone may copy or share this post freely.