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  1. Lots of love and shout-outs to my very distant cousins on this podcast (I have some Mayan and Aztec ancestry). The timing of this podcast wrapped up nicely with my current studies regarding Native Americans and Mormonism. Dr. Murphy and Angelo Baca’s essay below was my latest read. It served as good prep for lots of the discussion had amongst the panelists.

    https://www.degruyter.com/downloadpdf/j/opth.2016.2.issue-1/opth-2016-0054/opth-2016-0054.pdf

    I agree very much with the overall decolonization sentiment while accepting we may never see such a move from the church in our lifetimes. Rejecting racism in scripture and coming to terms with a fictional Book of Mormon narrative would be like removing the last Jenga piece from the base of a tower. The doctrinal structure would collapse and not much would be left. If this is to happen it will be in baby steps over many decades as the church deemphasizes any literalness of its historical claims. They’ll never deny historicity outright, but they may talk less about it.

    For example, the church will no longer host the Hill Cumorah Pageant after 2020. One wonders what this means in the grand scheme of things.

    https://www.whec.com/news/hill-cumorah-pageant-end-2020/5124928/

    I highly recommend watching Baca’s documentary “In Laman’s Terms: Looking at Lamanite Identity.” It is rich with nuggets of cultural gold regarding Native American culture and the effects of colonialism. I for one learned that Native American tribes were not known for committing genocide down to the last person. That was a European custom. Seeing this in the Book of Mormon casts even more doubt regarding its historicity.

    1. Violence is part of the human experience. Native Americans and Europeans share that experience as well as everybody else in the world. One of the things about this “de-colon-izing” movements that have appeared on the horizon is that they tend to muddle the water their way. Since you share some Mexica [aka Aztec in Colonial terms] blood then you are advised to read Guillermo Marin. Guillermo thru his references would take you places and to books that are quite interesting. I do not agree with Guillermo 100% of the time and he has a crack in the jar………his adherence to Castaneda [Carlos, of Don Juan’s teachings fame]. But some of his positions are entirely justified. Unlike Brother Baca, or former Brother Baca..post colonially… He is of mixed blood and like me of uncertain ancestry. One of the things which I did not hear from the panelists was the fact that in BoM canon, after JC visits the Americas and scares the be-Jesus out of everybody the Nephite and Lamanite civilizations converge into a homogeneous society. Said society comes apart not on the Lamanite’s watch but of the Nephite’s. I’m not entirely sure if in those 400 years part of that society was able to manage the archeoastronomy feats that most Meso American civilizations achieved but they might have done so. Clearly for people like Guillermo, perhaps Yourself and myself our identity was formed by The State. My State and Guillermo’s is keen on selling a grandiose Mexica “empire”. Brother Baca has the feats of Chaco and the Hohokam cultures to be proud of. Surprised that he did not mentioned them since I know Baca has been quite active in the Bear Ears monument controversy. Dineh people claim ascendancy from Ancient Puebloans although that is, of course, unlikely. But Baca is partly Hopi and they claim that ancestry too. The Lamanite portrait in the BoM is biased but even then that society eventually terminates the “better society” permanently. No small feat when the opponents are better trained than you are………

  2. https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1998/04/removing-barriers-to-happiness.p5?lang=eng

    Even being a Caucasian 5th generation Mormon with Danish heritage I still felt uncomfortable when Richard g Scott gave this talk in 1998. I didn’t fully understand why then, but I have a much better understanding now. Things can become so much clearer if you allow yourself to use critical thinking with regards to every aspect of your life including your religious beliefs, especially those that you were taught as a small child.

  3. Here’s one more thing to put things in perspective.

    What if somebody or maybe a religious group dug up the bones of Brigham Young, basically robbed his grave, and put his skeleton on display in a museum? How would you feel? What if it were the remains of Joseph Smith? Or maybe a more modern prophet such as Ezra Taft Benson?

    If that would bother you then read this

    http://www.blackhawkproductions.com/blackhawkwarutah.htm

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