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-

A Limited Territory

Unfortunately, our view of Book of Mormon territory has often been too grand, thinking it must surely have been greater than what is implied in the text. But, without the modern means of transportation and communication we take so for granted today, documenting the history of an enormous area would have been next to impossible for Book of Mormon scribes, especially in areas where prophets were not welcomed. Moreover, the Book of Mormon is the lineal history of the family of Lehi whose generations remained in their heartland. Thus, only the history of the family of Lehi still living in the area was recorded on the gold plates for those of our day. Those in outlying regions were commanded to keep their own records, records still lost to history. While the region of western New York may seem small to some, it takes in an entire third of the state of New York where millions live today. In fact the city of Buffalo, just off the coast of Lake Erie, is the second largest city in New York, second only to New York City. Thus, how can we doubt that the area was sufficiently large for the local populations noted in the Book of Mormon? We might remember that the biblical lands of the Old World were similarly small yet was home to Israel for thousands of years.


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—

Nephite Prophecy Fulfilled

All too often we look to Columbus as the Gentile noted in the Book of Mormons who is said to have cone upon the seed of Lehi when they first arrived in the new world. However, while Columbus can rightly be credited with opening the way for ongoing exploration in the West Indies, it was John Cabot who first landed along the East Coast of America and found Nephi’s descendants living from the Canadian Maritimes southward all the way to North Carolina, just as Nephi prophesied.

And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land (1 Nephi 13:12).


The following full length video is well worth watching for it shows precisely how the scriptures define and outline the limited New York setting for Book of Mormon events. The archaeology fits; the rivers and seas noted in the BOM fit; the ups and downs in the topography fit! In fact everything fits-watch and see if you don’t agree.



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 –

A good place to start on your search for Book of Mormon lands would be to follow Mormons Map-a map he himself outlined scriptural for us in the Book of Mormon. See

On still another page of this website one will find another important video which Compares Book of Mormon Geographies  i. e., 1-the Mesoamerican Setting, 2-the Heartland Setting, and 3-the New York Setting. Correlating the scriptures to these various proposed sites makes it clear that the Near Cumorah Setting is the most scriptural sound. –

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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