Geology in the book of mormon and mesoamerica bom lands. There are times when there is not the opportunity to get a clear understanding of what the traveler saw and these bulletins will help with that understanding. In a times and seasons editorial, october 1, 1842, the prophet joseph smith after progressive study announced a discovery that the book of mormon land southward is located in central america mesoamerica, which would be from the isthmus of tehuantepec as the narrow neck of land, south to panama or at least costa rica, which as the prophet pointed out, fits the description in alma. The church of jesus christ of latterday saints released a statement today concerning the geography of the book of mormon in the form of a new gospel topics essay titled book of mormon geography. The book of mormon does not explain mesoamerican peoplesbut mesoamerican peoples help explain the book of mormon with such a small lehite population entering an established region with a significantly larger population, the most logical direction of cultural borrowing would have been from the established indigenous population to the small population that had originated in. President nelson, the book of mormon, and mesoamerica. We build enduring faith in jesus christ by making the book of mormon accessible. There are several theories held among latterday saints for the location of book of mormon lands. During this period, joseph assumed responsibility for pieces published with his editorial signature ed. An lds guide to mesamerica is a travelogue well done and executed by three laymen who travel through mesoamerican ruins to point out the parallels to the book of mormon. The best arguments have settled on mesoamerica as probable book of mormon lands, but it should be realized that all such arguments are circular and should not be taken as definitive. Thus, the land on the northward was called desolation, and the land on the southward was called. It is therefore seen as partly in north america, and encompassing a large part of central america. The three largest linguistic groups are the mayan, the otomanguean, and the utoaztecan.
Discovering the lands of the book of mormon mesoamerica. President nelson, the book of mormon, and mesoamerica by peter tags. Book of mormonlamanitesrelationship to amerindiansmaya. The geography of mesoamerica describes the geographic features of mesoamerica, a culture area in the americas inhabited by complex indigenous precolumbian cultures exhibiting a suite of shared and common cultural characteristics. Allen pointed out in his book, exploring the book of mormon lands, that a candidate for hill shim is found in southern vera cruz by the name of cintepec. The new essay begins with this declarative statement. Whenever the book of mormon uses the cardinal directions alone, it is usually referring to directions within the land southward.
Cement in ancient mesoamerica and the book of mormon. It uniquely goes about verifying each requirement, step by step. How a mormon lawyer transformed archaeology in mexicoand ended up losing his faith. True book of mormon geography lands, western new york model. The name mesoamerica is a term used to identify the heartland of a number of significant precolumbian cultures. It incorporates much of what i have learned since this journey began in august, 2011. Book of mormon geography the encyclopedia of mormonism. The likelihood of such a setting was greatly strengthened by john l. One hill located in the land of desolation where the final battles of both the jaredites and nephities took place. Mesoamerica is often subdivided in a number of ways. So the general orientation of the book of mormon lands are in a general northwest to southeast direction. In the book of mormon the narrow neck of land is only described in the book of ether, so the jaredites used it, not the nephites. Although it may be surprising to joseph smith and other church leaders, as well as to the majority of current lds believers, modern book of mormon scholars insist that the book of mormon is actually the story of a relatively small group of israelites who were immediately subsumed within a larger, preexisting, native mesoamerican population.
The name being a nahuatl word meaning cincorn and tepechill. Some place the geography of the book in upstate new york or near the great lakes. Others look to peru and south america, or to the baja peninsula, or texas, and some even propose the malaysian peninsula. The book of mormon geography book, a promised land, the land of promise, is one of our books at alpha publishing available for purchase at virginia elieson was inspired with this geography, while with her patriarch husband and mission president in dallas here organized into a book by peter covino, jr. Please practice handwashing and social distancing, and check out our resources for adapting to these times. Having faith in and through the book of mormon brant gardner duration. Plausible locations in mesoamerica for book of mormon.
Lund lecture notes 07072018 03272020 nate the following are my rough notes on a few key points and resources for further study on this presentation of mesoamerica as the place of book of mormon events. All of our tours follow the format of the book, exploring the lands of the book of mormon, by joseph l. Revisiting the seven lineages of the book of mormon and. The term mesoamerica is derived from the greek and means middle america. I recently returned from 11 days in guatemala where i collaborated with bright people such as mark wright, diane wirth, dave gray, rick callister, van dunham, neal rappleye, stephen smoot, and rolando amado. Famsi foundation for the advancement of mesoamerican. The book of mormon door trey parker, robert lopez, matt stone.
Mayan peoples, with the exception of a northeastern enclave, the huastecs, live in southeastern mesoamerica. The church takes no position on the specific geographic location of book of mormon events in the ancient americas. Mesoamerica is the site of the only literate precolumbian population. The main passage mentions the land of nephi bordering on the seas, a narrow strip of wilderness, the land of zarahemla, and the headwaters of the river sidon see alma 22. As well as the understanding of high civilization required to be a book of mormon land. That sound made its way into later book of mormon languages and survived the centuries until today. This book of mormon map along with a wall map are available for down loading in color and the book of mormon geography book a promised land, the land of promise with all the mormon maps and details is also available at alpha publishing at. The book of mormon is more than a history book of two ancient civilizations, it reveals the covenant land of joseph, the favorite son of jacob, israel who was sold into egypt by his brothers that being the promised land of america.
Here are a couple of paragraphs from the book life in the ancient maya world, by lynn v. Church releases statement on book of mormon geography. Revisiting the seven lineages of the book of mormon and the seven tribes of mesoamerica. Purpose of the book of mormon tour helps these single page descriptions of a specific book of mormon site are designed to provide pertinent information to the traveler about the site. This book locates everything from the narrow neck, to zarahemla, from cumorah, to the land of promise, bountiful, and more. Is there evidence for great destruction in the land northward at the death of christ. Since the publication of their work, an approach to the study of book of mormon geography, analysts of the scripture have found still more data in the book of mormon s own statements suggesting that the immediate land covered by the book s events was probably only. We do so by partnering with their leaders and providing them with growth capital, strategic and operational expertise, rigorous analysis, and access to world class talent to drive their growth and impact. The book of mormon states that some nephite dissenters who moved in a land northward became exceeding expert in the working of cement and built cities of both wood and of cement beginning in 46 b. Several wellknown mesoamerican cultures include the olmec, teotihuacan, the maya, the aztec and the purepecha. Mesoamerican indian cultures have a common origin in the precolumbian civilizations of the area. In order to orient his map so that the book of mormon lands mentioned as being northward and southward from each other, he employs a directional system that is cultural somewhat similar to what other groups have used in the past and still do in other parts of the world rather than as we understand the cardinal directions.
Despite being laymen, they carefully weave in the evidence from current scholarship to point to the parallels in the book of mormon. Many accounts of significant lands and cities are given in the book of mormon. The book of mormon is een ware verademing het parool. You will walk away with a greater knowledge and appreciation of mesoamericans and their culture. A book that introduces all the requirements of book of mormon lands. The book of mormon brengt broadway naar nederland i theater. Finally there is a way to really explore john sorensons book of mormon geography. T he times and seasons featured many articles relating to the topic of book of mormon lands.
The nephitehebrew name for the land bountiful was translated and not given in the book of mormon. Run op fan kaarten book of mormon musicalsites, jouw musical. Carr, president of book of mormon archaeological forum, were sending you a copy of his last article. A summary of several theories of book of mormon lands in. The mesoamerican community, even today, understands the longheld symbolism of caves. Mormon colleagues have argued with me, vehemently, that, with enough of the right kind of evidence, objective seekers of truth will be persuaded of the book s. We can only speculate what the original name might be by considering hebrew words for bountiful. How a mormon lawyer transformed archaeology in mexicoand. Without the mesoamerican filter, a reader can clearly see it is referring to the entire width of book of mormon lands.
Mesoamerica and the book of mormon in book of mormon. Discovering the lands of the book of mormon mesoamerica theory by dr. In the organization of its kingdoms and empires, the sophistication of its monuments and cities, and the extent and. The mesoamerican limited geography model posits that the events of the book of mormon occurred in a geographically limited region in mesoamerica only hundreds of miles in dimension and that other people were present in the new world at the time of lehis arrival. There is archaeological verification at the niagara peninsula that dates from 800 bc to 3000 bc which is the time of the jaredites. Cement in ancient mesoamerica and the book of mormon ancient mesoamericans made a type of cement out of limestone. Jun 18, 20 book of mormon lands the definitive mesoamerican book of mormon lands map stay safe and healthy. The term mesoamerica refers to a geographical area occupied by a variety of ancient cultures that shared religious beliefs, art, architecture, and technology that made them unique in the americas for three thousand years from about 1500 b. The 10th annual book of mormon lands symposium was held in salt lake city to discuss the research and discoveries most recently made supporting the mesoamerican setting of the events of the book. The only narrow neck of land book of mormon evidence. Most current models favor mesoamerica as the geographic region of nephite and lamanite lands. Joseph lovell allen true book of mormon geography lands. Mesoamerica invests in business platforms with the potential to transform latin america. Book of mormon tours which take interested members to see the lands of the book of mormon in mesoamerica.
Mesoamerican civilization, the complex of indigenous cultures that developed in parts of mexico and central america prior to spanish exploration and conquest in the 16th century. Sorensons groundbreaking book, an ancient american setting for the book of mormon, published in 1985. Made popular by his 1985 publication an ancient american setting for the book of mormon, sorensons geographic model for the book of mormon has withstood the test of time and remains the preeminent geographic model for book of mormon events. A summary of several theories of book of mormon lands in mesoamerica by. Mesoamerica is a historical region and cultural area in north america. Church leadership while jonathan nevilles main assertion is that the hill cumorah of mormon 6. Of particular interest are those articles published while the prophet held the title of official editor march 15, to november 15, 1842. Mesoamerica definition, the area extending approximately from central mexico to honduras and nicaragua in which diverse precolumbian civilizations flourished.1454 1321 620 1085 1366 1417 582 718 314 895 909 1204 1349 1278 225 947 1013 600 665 974 1587 729 1555 36 1550 644 1213 189 496 1502 770 734 373 604 630 872 919 778 989 310 1047