Discovering the Lost Lands of the Book of Mormon
The book of Mormon is more than a historical record of the Ancient Nephite civilization, it is the record of the 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. http://amazon.com/The-Lost-Lands-Book-Mormon/dp/1555175104
My newest and most comprehensive book, The Lost Sheep of Ancient America, 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-http://amazon.com/Lost-Sheep-Ancient-America-Bringing/dp/1462116612
A great deal of controversy surrounds the subject of the Hopewell mound builders of ancient North America, with many taking them to be the Nephites of the Book of Mormon. Those who have studied the subject in depth know that a number of cultures and people influenced the Hopewell, and not surprisingly, for the trade network of the Hopewell stretched from the Gulf Coast to Canada along every major river in eastern North America. Yet, It is totally unreasonable to suppose that the Nephites traveled hundreds or even thousands of miles back and forth to battle the Lamanites, but simply across the landscape of a territory not greater in size than one of our states today, that being New York State, the location of the only known landmark we have of the ancient Nephite civilization, the Hill Cumorah.
Yet the question remains, were the Nephites the Hopewell? The answer is both yes and No, and is clarified in the following video.
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  1949, 144)
When 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— http://bookofmormonlands.com/viewing-dna-the-book-of-mormon/
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.
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; http://bookofmormonlands.com/viewing-dna-the-book-of-mormon/
See how a reformed form of Egyptian Hieroglyphics found among the Northeastern Indian tribes leads in that direction. http://bookofmormonlands.com/reformed-hieroglyphic-writing/
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; http://bookofmormonlands.com/boms-elephants/
The Presence of Metals in the regions around New York can be found in our Video Gallery. http://bookofmormonlands.com/video-channel/
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. http://bookofmormonlands.com/shifting-focus/
Other videos address the Great Destruction and a possible volcanic eruption in the area. http://bookofmormonlands.com/video-channel/
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 –http://bookofmormonlands.com/the-hopewell/
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 – http://bookofmormonlands.com/video-channel/,
More can be found on YouTube Channel-Phyllis Olive http://youtube.com/channel/UCc0sZNcyuRb-cE-vwtaTurg
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