The Mentinah Archives – records of the Nemenhah tribe

This is an article that I received that I felt worth sharing which is regarding a work that I’m familiar with:

“The Bible tells us how God made a covenant with Abraham and promised him that through him all “families” or “nations” of the earth would be blessed (see Genesis 12:3; 22:18). What we call the Abrahamic covenant opens the door for God’s choicest blessings to all of His children everywhere. The Bible teaches that “if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29; see also Abraham 2:10). The Book of Mormon promises that all who receive and act upon the Lord’s invitation to “repent and believe in his Son” become “the covenant people of the Lord” (2 Nephi 30:2). This is a potent reminder that neither riches nor lineage nor any other privileges of birth should cause us to believe that we are “better one than another” (Alma 5:54; see also Jacob 3:9). Indeed, the Book of Mormon commands, “Ye shall not esteem one flesh above another, or one man shall not think himself above another” (Mosiah 23:7).

The Bible teaches that some of Abraham’s descendants would be scattered “into all the kingdoms of the earth,” “among all nations,” and from “one end of the earth even unto the other” (Deuteronomy 28:25, 37, 64). The Book of Mormon affirms this teaching, declaring that the descendants of Abraham would be “scattered upon all the face of the earth, and . . . among all nations” (1 Nephi 22:3).

The Book of Mormon adds to our knowledge of how our Savior’s earthly ministry reached out to all of His scattered flock. In addition to His ministry in what we now call the Middle East, the Book of Mormon records His appearance and teachings to the Nephites on the American continent (see 3 Nephi 11–28). There He repeated that the Father had commanded him to visit the other sheep which were not of the land of Jerusalem (see 3 Nephi 16:1; John 10:16). He also said that he would visit others “who [had] not as yet heard [His] voice” (see 3 Nephi 16:2–3). As prophesied centuries earlier (see 2 Nephi 29:12), the Savior told His followers in the Americas that he was going “to show [Himself]” to these “lost tribes of Israel, for they are not lost unto the Father, for he knoweth whither he hath taken them” (3 Nephi 17:4).

The Book of Mormon is a great witness that the Lord loves all people everywhere. It declares that “he shall manifest himself unto all nations” (1 Nephi 13:42). “Know ye not that there are more nations than one?” the Lord said through the prophet Nephi.

“Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?” (2 Nephi 29:7).

Similarly, the prophet Alma taught that “the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have” (Alma 29:8).

The Lord not only manifests Himself to all nations; He also commands that they write His words:

“Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. . . .

” . . . For I command all men . . . that they shall write the words which I speak unto them. . . .

“For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it” (2 Nephi 29:8, 11–12; see also 1 Nephi 13:38–39).

Furthermore, the Book of Mormon teaches that all of these groups will have the writings of the others (see 2 Nephi 29:13).

We conclude from this that the Lord will eventually cause the inspired teachings He has given to His children in various nations to be brought forth for the benefit of all people. This will include accounts of the visit of the resurrected Lord to what we call the lost tribes of Israel and His revelations to all the seed of Abraham. The finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls shows one way this can occur.

When new writings come forth—and according to prophecy they will—we hope they will not be treated with the rejection some applied to the Book of Mormon because they already had a Bible (see 2 Nephi 29:3–10). As the Lord said through a prophet in that book, “And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man” (2 Nephi 29:9).

Truly, the gospel is for all men everywhere—every nation, every people. All are invited.

We live in the day foretold when righteousness is sent down out of heaven and truth out of the earth “to sweep the earth as with a flood,” and to gather out the elect “from the four quarters of the earth” (Moses 7:62). The Book of Mormon has come forth to remind us of the covenants of the Lord, to the convincing of all “that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations” (Book of Mormon title page).” – Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (All Men Everywhere – 176th Annual General Conference, April 2006)

The Mentinah Archives are ancient records of the Nemenhah tribe of Utah. They are the recorded history of the Nemenhah who trace their history back to the journey of Hagoth, the same as is mentioned in Alma in the Book of Mormon.

Alma 63:5–8
5 And it came to pass that Hagoth, he being an exceedingly curious man, therefore he went forth and built him an exceedingly large ship, on the borders of the land Bountiful, by the land Desolation, and launched it forth into the west sea, by the narrow neck which led into the land northward.

6 And behold, there were many of the Nephites who did enter therein and did sail forth with much provisions, and also many women and children; and they took their course northward. And thus ended the thirty and seventh year.

7 And in the thirty and eighth year, this man built other ships. And the first ship did also return, and many more people did enter into it; and they also took much provisions, and set out again to the land northward.

8 And it came to pass that they were never heard of more. And we suppose that they were drowned in the depths of the sea. And it came to pass that one other ship also did sail forth; and whither she did go we know not.

The Archives start with the Book of Hagoth and tells his history and how he discovered and settled the lands north of the Colorado River. In the rest of the Archives, you will learn about familiar names that you can find in the Book of Mormon. People like Samuel the Lamanite who warned the Nephites of impending destruction if they don’t repent. He tells his story in Volume 1 as Shi-Muel and talks about his life and ministry. You will also learn about new people and places not mentioned in the Book of Mormon. The Land of the Nemenhah in Utah and her sister colony far to the east north of the Great Lakes. Ougou , a descendant of Hagoth, whom Jesus Christ set apart as Prophet when He appeared to the Nemenhah after He was resurrected. These are only two examples of the many things you will learn in these Archives. There are also many deep spiritual messages within the books not found in the Book of Mormon and a more detailed description of Temple practices of these ancient people. When you read these texts you will see where the Native American traditions and ceremonies came from. For example, the sweat lodge ceremony is, I believe, part of the Ammonite Ceremony found in the Archives.

These Archives may seem strange and unusual to those of you who are long-time members of the LDS Church and were warned that these should not be read or studied. I have to admit that I was at first a bit skeptical of these archives myself, being that these are not endorsed or recognized by the Church. After reading a few of these books and with much prayer and pondering I see no problem with studying these texts and to learn from them. They are no different than any other ancient texts from all parts of the world that have been found and translated. Accept for a few cultural differences, especially in the temple practices, I have found nothing that is in conflict with Church doctrine. Throughout these books, in almost every one, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is taught and there is a very deep profound love of God and His ways are found in the words written. If these were from Satan and meant to deceive us he would not have the Gospel of Christ throughout these texts.

Some people question whether these are real records or just works of fiction. Remember, these are family records not scriptures like the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I was told to treat these records the same as the Book of Mormon and seek the Holy Spirit for authentication. This is the only way to authenticate these records. Seek the Holy Spirit and use Him to help you understand what you are reading. When Joseph Smith was first translating the Book of Mormon very few people knew what he was doing and it wasn’t until many years later that we learn some of the details of what went on during that time. There were no artifacts or documentations to prove what he did was true or not. We only have testimonies of the witnesses. Joseph Smith also was not a member of the Church, for it did not exist until 1830, nor did he have the priesthood when he started translating. He only had the power of the Holy Spirit to guide him. It is the same with these Archives. The translators were either former members or non-members of the LDS Church. Do not let the words “former members” throw you off. If you look into the history of the eight witnesses of the Book of Mormon, two were ex-communicated and one left the Church. And yet they are still listed as credible witnesses of the Book of Mormon.

These Archives are not the main focus of the Nemenhah people and they leave it up to the members of the tribe to read them and use them in their lives. There will be more records translated and printed soon. I wonder how much more history and spiritual lessons we can learn when these are released into the world.

This is from the main Mentinah website:

“The Mentinah Archives are the recorded histories of the people known anciently as the “Nemenhah.” These people trace their history from the journey of Hagoth into the Land Northward up to the present day. They were written upon plates of various metals and alloys of metals, processed animal hides and paper velum. The records were archived in several locations in North and Central America anciently, but the only surviving copies of the histories of the Nemenhah, of which we have anything to do, have been strictly guarded in the libraries of Sanpete County, Utah.”

My main focus of this blog site is to learn and present a history of the New World people based on my map and the Book of Mormon. I am going to use some Archive material to expand my theory and to get a better understanding of the Native American’s history. I am not going to go into the spiritual messages found in the Archives unless it relates to the history of the people. I will leave it up to you to learn and study these things. If I mention something spiritual, like temple practices, and discuss it it may bring arguements and confusions that I don’t want on this blog. If you are not comfortable with these archives or how they are presented please ignore them and don’t leave me nasty comments. This I will not tolerate. I don’t mind questions and discussions as long as they are civil and, remember, I am not an authority on these archives. I am learning as I go and I will present what I have learned on this blog.

The Book of Mormon and the other official scriptures are still central in my life. I will always uphold the doctrines and practices of the Church throughout my life. I am using these archives in my life to expand my knowledge and understanding of God and Christ and the history of the Book of Mormon peoples. I am treating these archives like the Apocrypha of the Bible and other ancient texts we have.

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