Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


ancient Americas, Nephites, leprosy, 3 Nephi, Jesus healing


Speaking to the Nephites assembled at the temple in Bountiful, the risen Jesus Christ said, "Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous ... ? Bring them hither and I will heal them " (3 Nephi 17:7). Yet medical researchers do not believe that "leprosy" existed in ancient America. How can we resolve this apparent conflict between what the Book of Mormon describes and what modern researchers have concluded?