Book of Mormon Lands

 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 research has emerged in the past few decades 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 of Latter-day Saints took place in upstate New York.

A number of issues need to be addressed in searching for the lost lands of the Book of Mormon, not just the presence of one or two of the landmarks noted in the Book of Mormon. Everything needs to fit, including the geography, the archeology, the hydrology, and even a limited understanding of the glacial history of the area, for the Jaredites arrived in the land shortly after the last ice age. Everything should fit, not to mention the timeline of events noted for the ancient occupants of a land, including any genetic ties to Israel.

The Jaredites of The Book of Mormon

While some apologists suggest the Jaredites had ties to the line of Noah’s son, Ham, all the evidence suggests they were the first of Shem’s Patriarchal line to make it to the promised land of America from Babylon during the Confusion of Tongues. Even their long ocean voyage has been somewhat of a mystery. Yet with enough research and persistence, many of the questions about the Jaredites can now be answered, including the possible material used to construct their water-tight barges, and where they landed and lived out their days in the promised land prior to their ultimate destruction around the Hill Cumorah, although it was called Ramah by the Jaredites. Follow their journey from Babylon to the pristine regions of ancient New York in the following video.

Jaredite Archaeology

The Nephites of the Book of Mormon

The next to inherit the promised land after the Jaredites all destroyed themselves in a terrible civil war around the Hill Ramah/Cumorah were the Nephites and Mulekites, both of which came to settle essentially the same region as the Jaredites, although a little further south in what has come to be known as the land of Zarahemla. Their story is a little better documented, and thus a little better to identify amid the hills and valleys of western New York.

The Hopewell

It is obvious that not all the Nephites remained in New York. Thus, the next video takes us beyond the bounds of Book of Mormon territory and into the Hopewell Mound culture of Ohio and Illinois where we can finally gain some sense of just how the Hopewell are tied to the people of the Book of Mormon. Step by step the whole picture  slowly come into view, with each of the pieces of the puzzle adding significantly to the conclusion that New York is the only viable candidate for the lost lands of Book of Mormon.

A great deal of controversy surrounds the subject of the Hopewell. Those who have studied the subject in depth know that a number of cultures and people influenced their far reaching culture, 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. Watch the  following video and learn more about this fascinating culture and just how it impacted those in neighboring New York and the people of the Book of Mormon.



  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.



DNA & The Book of Mormon

Not only does the topography of New York fit the geographical descriptions given in the Book of Mormon, but recent DNA evidence now links many of the ancient occupants of the region to the Near East, which includes Israel, just as the Book of Mormon claims



How it All Began

The first book I put together on the subject of Book of Mormon Geography 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.


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-

The vast research done on all these books led to one last book which deals more specifically with The Prophesied Coming of Christ, for the descending tribes of Lehi,  chiefly the New York based Iroquois,  left prophesies behind that, along with those of our latter-day prophets,give a broader view of America’s coming storm than has heretofore been given, and hope for those properly prepared. View the short book trailer offered here for more information.

  Book of Mormon Evidence

Nephite-type writing: See how a reformed form of Egyptian Hieroglyphics found among the Northeastern Indian tribes leads in that direction.

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

The Weather-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.

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

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7 thoughts on “Book of Mormon Lands

  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

  3. Tony Morgan

    Thanks Phyllis for this website and your videos in particular. I live in Wales, UK and have thought for many years that the Book of Mormon was set in North America and not Central America. I have read up on what Joseph Smith about it and as a Prophet of God has said it I am surprised the Church has not before come out and said it also at least to put to bed the central America theories. I have been sharing this knowledge with many friends in our Ward and in Utah and encouraging them to research this for themselves. I love the fact that when I read from the Book of Mormon I can now see in my minds eye of where this all took place. It never made sense to me that Moroni would travel a very long way to then bury the records in a Hill that he just happen to stumble across. I have been to Cumorah and the other Church historical sites and felt that was “The Place” I believe I was right. Many Thanks again!!

    1. phyllis Post author

      Thank you Tony, So nice to hear from you, and thank you for your kind comments. May they reach the ears of all those searching for answers.