The Western New York Setting for the Book of Mormon
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Book of Mormon Lands and People
Two Royal Lines
Two royal lines ultimately made it to America, Joseph’s line and Judah’s line. While Judah’s line remained for the most part in the old world, branches of Judah were also led west across the sea to the new world, the Mulekites, a company carrying the last remaining son of King Zedekiah of Jerusalem to America, where together with the Nephites they merged and became one nation. A secondary kingly line also made it west. Research has revealed that the line of Zarah-Judah also made it across the sea and played a big part in colonizing the ancient Americas. Zarah was the twin brother of Perez, who fathered the Mulekites. While Perez carried the birthright blessing in Israel, his brother, the son of the scarlet thread, was also due great blessings. We might remember from our study of the Bible that during the birth of the twin boys, Zarah’s little hand emerged from his mother’s womb first and a scarlet thread was placed round his wrist to show his right to the birthright blessing. But, then, expectantly, the young prince pulled his little hand back in, and Perez emerged first, not Zarah, which then gave Perez the birthright blessing in Israel, and thus also the crown. Yet the Lord did not forget Zarah. While Perez ruled in Israel and was the line through which the Savior would come, Zarah went on to father kingly lines throughout much of the western world, even in America and Mexico.
Voyages west across the Atlantic were made as far back as Jaredite times, with others heading west from Asia Minor, and Europe, England, Iberia, Ireland, and Scandinavia, as trade began to blossom during the Bronze Age and throughout the post-flood world. A number of these ancient migrations are explained in more depth in the upcoming book, The Lost Sheep of Ancient America, due to be released in Dec of 2015. But for now, the accompanying video explains, in part, how a number of colonies with ties to both Israel and Judah made it to ancient America.
The Book of Mormon is more than a record of two ancient civilizations. It provides a testimony of Christ’s visit to his New World Flock where He ministered to His people and organized His church among them. Thus, the ground He walked in the new world is just as sacred as those He walked in the old world. It is no wonder so many people keep searching for Book of Mormon territory. Yet, even if all our efforts prove vain, the Book of Mormon speaks for itself, with the whisperings of the Holy Ghost the only sure way to know of its truthfulness, not by walking the ground the Savior once trod. Having said that, the search goes on, with no better fit for the lands of the Book of Mormon than the lands of western New York.