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From the book: Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith

According to the critics and what was known about ancient America during Joseph Smith’s day, the Native Americans did not work in cement. Recent research, however, shows that some Native Americans began using cement extensively at about the time indicated in the Book of Mormon. One of the most notable uses of cement is in the temple complex at Teotihuacan, north of present day Mexico City.  According to David S. Hyman, the structural use of cement appears suddenly in the archaeological record, and its earliest sample is a highly developed product. Although exposed to the elements for over 2,000 years, this structure still exceeds many modern day building code requirements.

Michael R. Ash is the author of: Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting The Prophet Joseph Smith. He is the owner and operator of MormonFortress.com and is on the management team for FairMormon. He has been published in Sunstone, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, the Maxwell Institute’s FARMS Review, and is the author of Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt.  He and his wife live in Ogden, Utah, and have three daughters.

Julianne Dehlin Hatton  has worked as a News Director at an NPR affiliate, Television Host, News Anchor, and Airborne Traffic Reporter. She graduated with an MSSc from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2008. Julianne and her husband Thomas are the parents of four children.

Music for Faith and Reason is provided by Arthur Hatton.

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