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DNA and the veracity of Mormon doctrine

February 20, 2006

Re "Bedrock of Faith Is Jolted," Column One, Feb. 16

The Times totally bypassed the real- world evidence that supports the veracity of Mormon doctrine. Have Times readers not been informed of the vast amount of Central American archeology related to the rise of the Mayan empire that closely correlates to the story of the Book of Mormon? Has The Times reported on the fact that Mormonism prophesied the many evils to have afflicted America, such as the Civil War and tobacco, alcohol and pornography addictions?

Because reasonable people still carefully research all sides of an issue, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to be one of the fastest-growing religions in California.

BRYCE HALL

Oceanside

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I was shocked to read that DNA studies have shown a central principle of the Mormon faith -- that Native Americans are not genetically related to Israelis -- to be false. Thankfully, humanity can still turn to belief systems that are founded on much less irrational evidentiary foundations, such as Catholicism, Islam, Scientology, astrology, Roman mythology and palmistry.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Monday March 20, 2006 Home Edition California Part B Page 12 Editorial Pages Desk 1 inches; 51 words Type of Material: Correction
Mormon doctrine: A Feb. 20 letter on the veracity of Mormon doctrine misstated the letter writer's position. It should have read: "I was shocked to read that DNA studies have shown a central principle of the Mormon faith -- that Native Americans are genetically related to Israelis -- to be false."

WILLIAM LORTON

Los Angeles

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