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Dr. Ralph A Olsen


RALPH A. OLSEN, Ph.D., is a retired chemistry professor from Montana State University, with research interests in plants, soils, and microbes. He and his wife Vanona currently live in Bozeman, MT. They have 8 children, 20 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. Their family is spread between Salt Lake City, UT; Park City, UT; Vernal, UT; Logan, UT; Seaquim, Washington; Mesa, Arizona; Twin Falls, ID; and Bozeman, MT.

Ralph’s life, filled with teaching, research, and writing chemistry articles and books, lends itself well to immersing him into his new passion for discovering where the Book of Mormon events took place. Research is the way he knows he can intelligently contribute to the missionary effort in a way that is different than the typical retired LDS couple. His active, creative mind is absorbed in the process of prayer, reading and rereading the Book of Mormon and other scriptures. He knows that knowing where the events took place will/can open the minds of many to consider the words from the missionaries. When one reads the Bible it is much more meaningful to know where Jesus was walking (ie. along the Sea of Galilee, etc.). When Dr. Olsen’s teenage grandson read this hypothesis it got him so excited about reading the Book of Mormon, he (ie) spent a whole Yellowstone vacation reading Alma... Was your child/grandchild anxious to read it?

We really hope you will read Dr. Olsen’s hypothesis with an open mind. We think the Book of Mormon is the history of the American peoples BEFORE they got here.

Joseph Smith said that Moroni told him :  "He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, AND THE SOURCE FROM WHENCE THEY SPRANG." It seems like we gloss over that last part. Remember the church just added/changed the wording (see all CAPS) in the Introduction to the Book of Mormon to say: "After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are AMONG the principal ancestors of the American Indians." DNA evidence does not match the Lamanites being the American Indians.

It is easy to see how the statement by Moroni could be misconstrued. The Malay Hypothesis handles all of the things that do not work with the Meso Hypothesis. If you are thinking, "The geography doesn't really matter."  Why do you think the church is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to try to find proof?  It is because it really does matter.

Remember, there are still many gold plates that are not yet translated. . . in Hill Ramah . . . wouldn't it be wonderful if we had more plates to translate?!

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