Rick Bennett of Gospel Tangents sat down with world renown population geneticist, Dr. Ugo Perego discusses many complex issues regarding Mormon DNA tests. Many have wondered if Joseph Smith fathered children with wives other than Emma Smith. Perego has performed paternity tests on several potential children of Joseph Smith, and he discusses the results of these paternity tests.
We also discuss two DNA tests involving the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Did anthrax incite the Mormons & Indians to conspire to kill the Fancher Party in Southern Utah? Did Mormons raise a survivor of this massacre? Perego weighs in on these issues as well in a sort of crime scene investigation on a 150 year old cold case.
He also weighs in on the controversial topic of DNA & the Book of Mormon. Critics of Mormonism have said that Middle Eastern DNA proves the Book of Mormon is not a historical record. On the other end of the spectrum, Rodney Meldrum says he has found DNA proving the Book of Mormon. Where does Dr. Perego fit among these competing camps?
Finally the LDS Church produced an essay on LDS.org saying that DNA can neither prove nor disprove the Book of Mormon. Did Perego write this essay? We’ll answer these questions, and discuss evolution, biblical literalism, polygamy, and concubines in this fascinating interview.