Book of Mormon Lands

 Discovering the Lost Lands of the Book of Mormon

christ-appears-to-the-nephites-39663-galleryThe book of Mormon is more than a historical record of the Ancient Nephite civilization, it is the record of thebk-Lost Land of BOM_200x100 Savior’s visit to His new world flock after His death and resurrection. Thus the land He walked on in the new world is just as sacred as those He walked in the old world. It is no wonder so many keep searching for it. Gratefully, enough modern research has emerged in the past century to finally conclude that the ancient lands of the Book of Mormon existed in the regions around New York’s Hill Cumorah – the very place the latter-day Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ took place in upstate New York.  While various groups of the Nephites continued to migrate out in various directions, their spiritual heartland, that being Zarahemla, remained in New York throughout their long sojourn in the land. The first book I put together on this subject in 1998 quickly became a best seller (CFI) because so many of things fit together so perfectly. It is still being sold and can be found on Amazon.  Each book that followed brought more information to light until not only did the geographer fit, but so did the people, time-line, culture, and even DNA.

Those trying to reconcile this area with the geographical descriptions provided in the Book of Mormon will find various clues interspersed throughout the text. For example, both the Nephites and Jaredites described the territory around the Hill Ramah/Cumorah as being a land of many waters; a description which fits exactly the lands around the Hill Cumorah, a region simply filled with water, including literally thousands of streams, creeks, ponds, and eleven beautiful Finger Lakes which extend from north to south across the land ranging in length from three miles to forty. Lost-Sheep-of-Ancient-America--CFI final v-133x200Even the topographical features of western New York fit the lands described in the Book of Mormon, each having highlands to the south and flat lands to the north, a land of lush forests and fertile fields; a land highly coveted by the Lamanites.

Learn more about the ancient landscape of the lost lands of the Book of Mormon in my newest and most comprehensive book, The Lost Sheep of Ancient America, which also provides surprising insights into who some of the anti-Christs were who confronted the Nephites who seem to have no genealogical tie to the Nephites or Mulekites at all, other than they too appear to be Hebrews.  All the missing pieces of the puzzling disposition of some of God’s most choice children has now been knit together in a story that covers four thousand years of history from Babylon to the Restoration.  At long last, the story of how the people of the Book of Mormon fit into the historic record of ancient North America can finally be told. Find on Amazon at-

Pocahontas was a Nephite

In 1683 William Penn wrote to a friend concerning the Indians of Pennsylvania of chiefly Iroquois blood whose Hebrew traditions are hard to miss. He wrote:

I have seen among them as comely European-like faces of both sexes as on your side of the sea; and truly an Italian complexion hath not much more of the white, and the noses of several of them have as much of the Roman . . . . For their original, I am ready to believe them to be of the Jewish race — I mean of the stock of the ten tribes . . . . I find them to be of the like countenance, and their children of so lively a resemblance that a man would think himself in Duke’s Place or Berry Street in London when he seeth them. But this is not all: they agree in rites, they reckon by moons, they offer their first-fruits, they have a kind of feast of tabernacles, they are said to lay their altars upon twelve stones, their mourning a year, customs of women, with many other things that do not now occur. (Donnelly [1882] 1949, 144)

Pocahontas-saves-Smith-NE-Chromo-1870When William Penn first began to establishing his colony in Pennsylvania at least six tribes of the Iroquois (Lamanites) were already settled in the land along Lake Erie eastward all the way to the Atlantic. Archaeologists believe the genesis of the Iroquois tribes ties back to a people and culture who showed up mysteriously in New York around 600 B.C., a time-line and people consistent with the arrival of the Nephites and Mulekites and around that very time in history, both having fled the destruction of Jerusalem.

The culture this merged company established chiefly in western and central New York in the lands around Cumorah is referred to as the Point Peninsula culture, a people who are now believed to be the parent, or genesis, of both the Iroquois and Eastern Algonquins, for archaeologist firmly believe it was the Point Peninsula people of New York, or the Nephites, who ultimately carried their culture to the Atlantic Coast and up and down New England as far south as Virginia where they have been classed as the eastern branch of the Algonquin Language Family-those who gave us Pocahontas.

When William Penn first arrived on the scene, Powhatan was the paramount Chief of a network of Algonquin tribes that stretched all across Virginia. Pocahontas, the favorite daughter of Chief Powhatan, is credited with saving the life of the Indian captive John Smith. The newly Christianized Pocahontas was later taken to England and presented as a fine example of the civilized savages of America in hopes of stimulating investment in the Jamestown settlement. She became quite a celebrity and was eloquently dressed and presented to royalty. Pocahontas died of unknown causes in England, but her legend continues on in the hearts and minds of uncounted generations, a Nephite Princess of royal blood indeed, the royal blood of Israel, the covenant people of the Lord living in the covenant land of America. Her fascinating story has now spanned centuries and has even led to a Walt Disney movie of her life.

DNA also links the Iroquois and Algonquins to the Nephites—

Tying the Indians to their Ancestral Homeland

Learn more about the Iroquois and Algonquins in the fallowing video which  takes you from their entrance into the promised land with the colony of Lehi to their final disposition after the battle at Cumorah.


 Book of Mormon Geography: In Defense of Cumorah

Deseret News published an article a year or so ago about a war going on between Book of Mormon geographers, a war which I have avoided like the plague, for contention is not the  way of the Lord. Yet anti-Mormon antagonists keep fueling the flame and continually pitting one against the other. Because of some health issues, I have not had the privilege of speaking out in public forums, Book of Mormon conferences, or promoting tours to BOM lands and popular Church sites. Thus, my only hope of reaching the public in defense of the western New York setting as the most plausible location of Book of Mormon events is through my books, the latest of which is The Lost Sheep of Ancient America. None of my books address the differences in settings, but focus strictly on the ties between the ancient Nephite civilization and North American Empires.  Yet, those differences need to be addressed, for far too many searching for answers to the controversial subjects relevant to Book of Mormon geography find little time to search them out and weigh them one against the other.  Thus, I have prepared a video which addresses some of those issues and how different theorists view and interpret the scriptures. I in no way  intend to demean or diminish the good intentions of those who favor other theories, some of  which I consider friends, but to simply defend the Near Cumorah Setting as the most plausible location of Book of Mormon events.


 Book Trailer, The Lost Sheep of Ancient America

The Big Picture- Pre-Columbian America

The Nephites and Mulekites were not the only Hebrews from the House of Israel to make it to the Promised Land. Others from various Isles of the sea also arrived – some of which made a profound impact on the Nephite civilization-and may even have helped lead to their destruction. Learn more in the following Video.

 Book of Mormon Evidence

In light of all the evidence, the Near Cumorah Setting for the Book of Mormon is the most promising of all the geographies yet presented.Visit other pages on this website and see how DNA leads in that direction;

See how a reformed form of Egyptian Hieroglyphics found among the Northeastern Indian tribes leads in that direction.

Various other pages answer many of the other long-held questions regarding Book of Mormon territory, such as evidence of Elephants & Horses during Book of Mormon times;

The Presence of Metals in the regions around New York can be found in our Video Gallery.

Even the Weather has been addressed in response to so many questions on that subject by those searching for answers to the true location of Book of Mormon events.

Other videos address the Great Destruction and a possible volcanic eruption in the area. ‎ 

The Hopewell Mound Builders around the Great Lakes have left many people supposing they were the Nephites-Their story is also address on this site-a story which may surprise you: See –

Other videos include The Cement houses of the Nephites, The Arrival of the Nephites & Mulekites in the Promised Land, and how so many of the Lamanites  came to be known as Western Tribes. See Video Gallery –,

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6 thoughts on “Book of Mormon Lands

  1. Raymond White

    I have a question about the Mulekites. Since they are the on-going mystery of the Book of Mormon, I have a theory of my own how they got here. My theory begins in 1964 when I was on my mission in Ireland. I was in a library and picked up a newspaper. And in it was an article about a Phoenician Stone discovered in New York. The stone had engraved on it readable Phoenician writing and it was dated about 700 b.c. Well, that date didn’t conform well with the 600 b.c. arrival date of Lehi so I set it aside in my mind as unimportant. Until a few years ago when it suddenly dawned on me in a flash: THAT’s how Mulek and his entourage got here. He was a fugitive fleeing from the Babylonians trying to get out of the country by any means available. Fortunately, as the surviving crown prince, he was rich and he was connected, and in Tyre, some fleet of Phoenicians sailors would be quite happy to take him as far as he wanted to go — for the right price. AND, they knew just the place on the far side of the ocean where the Babylonians would never find him. And we know they knew of this place because Phoenicians had been there in 700 b.c., so says the Phoenician Stone.
    But here’s my problem. In all my Googleing, I have not been able to locate this Phoenician Stone. I know it’s out there somewhere in some museum. So my question to you is: Have you ever heard of such a thing?

    1. Managed WordPress Migration User

      Yes I have, and I explain it all in my new book, The Lost Sheep of Ancient America-Good luck. You are not that far off.

    1. Managed WordPress Migration User

      Thank you for the comment. I have already read all of Barry Fell’s books. In fact they helped me reach some of my conclusions. Thus, you might be interested in my latest book, The Lost Sheep of Ancient America which ties our work together. Good Luck, Phyllis

  2. Tomas Mitchell

    Phyllis I want to thank you for your work! I came to my own conclusions years ago based on Fell’s book and others that it all took place with in the bounds of the USA and maybe a small part of Canada. Imagine my surprise when I discovered your books and found you had tied all my thoughts together perfectly!! I own all your books accept The Lost Sheep and I just realized it has been out for a year. I am going to buy it! You are wise to not get involved in the debates and discussions on line and other places. I have and no matter how hard I try to keep them civil I get attacked in very vicious ways and have to just politely bow out. I think one day your work will be looked on as the ground breaking work that changed the LDS world.

    1. Managed WordPress Migration User

      Thank you so much Thomas. It is nice to know I have a supporter. This work has been twenty years in the making. I can only hope you are right and the setting will finally be accepted. I am currently working on a more comprehensive video on the Hopewell in hopes of diverting people back to the lands of the Book of Mormon. Watch for it. Thank you for your kind words, they mean a lot to me, for as you say-most comments are very mean-spirited. The Lost Sheep of the Book of Mormon ties Bary’s Fell’s work to the area. Since you have already read his work, you will probably enjoy the book. Good Luck, and Thanks again. Phyllis

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