Joseph Smith Believed The Laminites Were The Ancestors Of The Native American Indians Essay

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Joseph Smith believed the Laminites were the ancestors of the Native American Indians. “There are detailed descriptions of the land of the dead among almost all American tribes. Usually, the land of the dead is the reverse of the land of the living with day and night and seasons reversed. The dead live very much as they had while alive” . The various tribes of Native American Indians had their own rituals. When they prepared the bodies for burial, some painted the faces of the dead. Other clans put on the dead relative’s moccasins. The Pueblos cover the face of the dead with cloud masks of cotton. Others burned the dead’s property to supply to ensure ghosts of dead were released so they can proceed to the spiritual world. Bodies would be mummified, buried in caves, mounds, boxes, or even on scaffolds. Any cremated ashes are deposited into urns. They are buried on the surface of the ground, in boxes, placed in pits, scaffolds, trees, or in canoes. This sent the individual off into the spiritual world. They clearly were not adverse to cremation that was prevalent in the Mormon community. However, Jesus confirms, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt 10:28). This implies only one soul per body. This is another misconception due to the limited understanding of humans over God’s divine nature. Perhaps, man was being too detailed in their interpretation of the soul.

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