Mormons and science clash

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If The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints missionaries continue to go door-to-door and preach their faith, there needs to be a thorough understanding of the Bible first before a convincing faith can be established. Archaeology’s repeated affirmation of The New Testament’s accuracy provides important corroboration for its reliability. This is in stark contrast with how archaeology has proved to be devastating for Mormonism. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, claimed that his Book of Mormon is “The most correct of any book upon the Earth.” However, I wrote The Smithsonian Institute to inquire about whether there was any evidence supporting the claims of Mormonism, only to be told in unequivocal terms that archaeologists see “no direct connection between the archaeology of the New World and the subject matter of the book.” In other words, no Book of Mormon cities have ever been located, no Book of Mormon persons, places, nation, or name has ever been found; no Book of Mormon artifacts, no Book of Mormon scriptures, no Book of Mormon inscriptions … nothing which demonstrates The Book of Mormon is anything other than myth or invention has ever been found. JOHN W. NOBLE, III, Auburn