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  1. Why Lead Lehi to the New World?

    As I've been studying the BoM this year for Gospel Doctrine I have a nagging question I can't fully itch. We are taught that Lehi and his family are led from Jerusalem to the new world to establish a righteous people. But there is no discernible remnant of Lehi's people in America. So I wonder if the purpose is to raise up the BoM for the people of this day. But I still have to wonder why Lehi would have been necessary. Why wouldn't Christ have established his church among the people who were already here? It's kind of like Raiders of the Lost Ark. If you take Indiana Jones completely out of the story the Nazi's still accomplish their aim and open the ark of the covenant and get their faces melted off. Take Lehi and his family out of the story and we have the same outcome and evidence of their existence as if they had really been in the Americas. There was no righteous posterity to connect his day with ours. There was no lasting Christian tradition that survived after Moroni. The only "evidence" of the value of Lehi's involvement is the BoM which just as easily could have been written by the American natives.
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