Thank you for visiting. On this blog I hope to present a strong case to show how Mormon’s Nephite record ended up in western New York. I will present my findings and insights and I will leave it up to you to draw your own conclusions. I will not compare or bash other theories concerning Book of Mormon geography with my theory. Too many sites I have come across have done this already. Everything on this site is my own conclusions and I will cite references everywhere I can. This is a somewhat complex topic to write about so I hope I can be as organized as I can. I am not a professional writer but I will do my best.
Since the day the first Europeans set foot upon this continent, everyone has been wondering who the Native Americans are and where they came from. When the new Americans started exploring and settling in the more remote areas of North, Central, and South America, they discovered strange buildings and artifacts left behind from what seemed to be a great civilization that existed centuries ago. These discoveries ranged from hundreds of mounds in northeast United States to huge temple complexes found in Central and South America. They asked the local tribes that were living in the area who made these things, and all they would say that they were made by their ancient ancestors. Many people speculated on this subject until 1830 when the Book of Mormon was first published. To some people this book seemed to answer a few questions on the history of the Native Americans in this new world they settled in. And yet the question still remained amongst the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: where exactly did the Book of Mormon events take place?
Migrations in the Book of Mormon
In my first post I said that I found a possible pattern in the Book of Mormon concerning migrations (go to the introduction page). When I first started researching the different theories about where the Nephite lands are I was getting very frustrated at all the different opinions and theories people had on this subject. I had too many questions that was not being answered satisfactorily. So, I decided to get a fresh look on where these lands could possibly be located. I started by looking for possible patterns by doing a keyword search on certain words like migrations, Zarahemla, Nephites, Lamanites, etc. I then looked closer at the migrations and noticed that this was mentioned only six times in the Book of Mormon and every one went north. When I mean migrations I mean a group of people moving to new lands and establishing permanent villages and towns there. If you look in the scriptures you will also notice that only one reference was made every 3 books of people moving to new lands with two mentioned in Alma 63. Now, I need to know where Lehi landed as a place where these migrations started. I remembered a reference where Joseph Smith said in a Times and Seasons article that Lehi landed just south of the Isthmus of Darien or Panama. So, I started here and worked up. Now I needed more reference points to place my information on. There is a lot of research that says that Zarahemla was in the Yucatan/Guatemala region and that the Nephites final war was in upstate New York. These last two wre enough to establish a possible route of the migrations. I made the chart below and placed each Book of Mormon section that corresponds to the above references on a New World map and everything lined up with the appropriate countries that they lived in. For example, most of the Nephite history in Zarahemla is in Mosiah and Alma, the largest book in the Book of Mormon and both books is in the middle of the Book of Mormon. And guess where Zarahemla is now generally accepted? In the Yucatan, southern Mexico and Guatemala area; right in the middle of both continents. This is the perfect location to establish the Church of Jesus Christ in this part of the world. The prophet could send missionaries in both directions, north and south, to spread the word of God throughout the New World. This could not happen until the lands in the north was prepared for the coming of the Nephite nation. There was still a war going on with the Jaredites when Lehi landed and the land need to be purged of the last corrupted nation. Also, the Church of Jesus Christ had to be strong enough and established before the Nephites could move into the new lands or else it would not survived very long. I will talk more on this later on. In short, I believe, because Mormon had so little room to put much detail on where the Nephite lands are more specifically he designed the Book of Mormon as a geographical map, placing certain information in specific places, leaving up to a future individual to figure out the clues and build the map. I am not saying this is me but I wonder if anyone else since the Book of Mormon was published has noticed this pattern. This theory would answer a lot of questions and resolve a lot of seemingly conflicting information that was written by early LDS writers. I will post more of my thoughts and research in the coming weeks.
To start off with I will show you my map that I created then explain the different areas. Essentially, my theory is a combination of all the prevailing theories with some details not included that I have found. Here is the map:
This only shows the migration routes of the prophets Lehi, Nephi, and Mosiah and Nephites. Mulek’s arrival I will show on another photo.
I know this map is hard to read but it is the only I could find with latitude and longitude of this area. The Hebrew pairs are part of my own system that I developed based on the Star of David. The numbers underneath each pair matches that of each point that a prophet entered the land. Lehi’s numbers are 3 and 90 which are Gimal and Tsadhe..righteous man on a hill. These are the coordinates of the Galapagos Islands and the “doorway” (the Hebrew letter Dahleth or door) between the Pacific currents to Ecuador. I will do a more detailed explanation on a separate page. Thanks for visiting.
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