According to the Book of Mormon, the settlers who moved from the Middle East to America began a war, and that was when Jesus appeared to them. He helped set things straight, though the faulty humans, of course, continued to war. These American groups grew into different races.
Not only does this include Native Americans, but also the Polynesian peoples and those of Southeast Asia. The LDS Church often pushes for good treatment of Native American tribes, in essence believing them to be their forefathers and an important part of their faith.
Even More “Twilight” Mormonism
Meyer has gone on record saying she didn't insert any Mormon details purposefully, but it's clear she did write through her worldview — a pretty standard writer practice. In the books, Bella avoids coffee, tea, alcohol, and tobacco, and she mentions the Mormon belief that humans can become divine and later get resurrected.
It is, however, worth mentioning that the whole franchise is fiction and that it is by no means a realistic depiction of the Mormon faith or lifestyle.
Native Americans and Middle Eastern Travelers
According to LDS Church beliefs, members of the greater Abrahamic family — or biblical families related to it — traveled from the Middle East to the Americas by boat around six hundred B.C. They separated into four groups, named for their patriarchs: Lamanites, Jaredites, Mulekites, and Nephites.
The Lamanites gained the greatest power after destroying the others once they fell out of favor with God. They are thought to be the ancestors of the historical Native American tribes.
They Know How to Tell If a Messenger From God Is Real
And it's a pretty simple way to tell, too. If someone appears before you claiming to have a message from God, the simple way to find out if they're real or not — according to the LDS Church, at least — is to put out your hand for a handshake.
If you can feel a firm grip on the other side, then that's a real angel bringing the real word of God. If you don't feel a thing, then it's a demon pretending to be an angel.
Mission (Is not) Impossible
If you live in a city or overseas from America, you've probably seen a pair of guys in black pants, white shirts, and ties, fresh-faced and ready to chat. These are missionaries, and they're a huge part of Mormon life.
Maybe you've been approached by a pair of these friendly guys and gotten into a discussion with them about faith and the LDS Church (or maybe you've brushed them off). Able Mormons between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five are expected to take trips — usually eighteen to twenty-four-month-long — to spread the word to others.