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 time line of events noted for the ancient occupants of a land, including any genetic ties to Israel.
Backing all this up with the scriptures is equally important, if not more so, for what good is a geographical location if it doesn’t correspond with the scriptural record given. Twenty years of research has convinced me that the New York setting for the Book of Mormon is the best fit for the long lost lands of the Book of Mormon. Because most of those coming to this site will be doing so on their mobile devices I have prepared a series of short videos relevant to the lands and people of the Book of Mormon with longer more detailed videos shown below.
The Lands and People of the Book of Mormon in a Nutshell
The Nephites- Part 1-From Jerusalem to the New World
The Nephites -Part 2- The Geography of the land in a nutshell
The Nephites -Part 3- From Zarahemla to Cumorah
The Jaredites Part 1-From Babylon to the New World
The Jaredites- Part 2-The Jaredites in America
Those interested in a more comprehensive study of the lands and people of the Book of Mormon will find the following longer videos most helpful, the first being Alma’s description of the territory the Nephites and Lamanites held in their control in what those of our generation have begun to call Mormon’s map.
Book of Mormon Geography: Mormon’s Map
With the basic structure of Book of Mormon lands now reconciled with the scriptures, we can go one step further in our search for the lost lands of the Book of Mormon by watching the following video by that same title, The Lost Lands of the Book of Mormon, which reconciles twenty points of similarity between the text of the Book of Mormon and the New York setting, including not only its ancient borders and lands, but such things as its ancient animals, metals, climate, writing, DNA etc.
The Lost Lands of the Book of Mormon
With so much evidence linking New York to the ancient lands of the Book of Mormon, one is now prepared to view the video-Book of Mormon lands, The Near Cumorah Setting- which takes us from the era of the Jaredites onward through the saga of Nephites where even more information comes to light, including such things as the controversial houses of cement the Jaredites are said to have been built, and much, much more.
Book of Mormon Lands:The Near Cumorah Setting
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.
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.
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
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
DNA & Book of Mormon-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/
Nephite-type writing: See how a reformed form of Egyptian Hieroglyphics found among the Northeastern Indian tribes leads in that direction. http://bookofmormonlands.com/reformed-hieroglyphic-writing/
Horses & Elephants-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/
Gold-Silver-Copper-The Presence of Metals in the regions around New York can be found in our Video Gallery. http://bookofmormonlands.com/video-channel/
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. http://bookofmormonlands.com/shifting-focus/
Volcanoes-Other videos address the Great Destruction and a possible volcanic eruption in the area. http://bookofmormonlands.com/video-channel/
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