The internal consistency of these descriptions is one of the striking features of the book of mormon. The church of jesus christ of latterday saints released a statement. Civilizations of their magnitude and duration would be expected to leave. It is a striking and extraordinary coincidence, that, in the book of mormon, commencing page 563, there is an account of many cities as existing among the nephites on the narrow neck of land which connected the north country with the south country. Jan 6, 2017 book of mormon map along with a wall map are available for down. Proposed book of mormon geographical setting wikipedia. The north america model for the book of mormon is the result of the coalescing of years of familiarity with book of mormon stories, the work of many who have researched and documented discoveries and scientific expeditions that are significant in support of locations and logistics in the book of mormon not known until the 21st century, a. Moronis america the book of mormon in north america. Earlier this week published an essay in the gospel topics series. The hill cumorah in ontario county ny is the hill where joseph smith found the golden plates and is the same hill where the civilizations of the nephites cumorah and the jaredites ramah fought their last. Since the publication of the book of mormon in 1830, members and leaders of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints have expressed numerous opinions about the specific locations of the events discussed in the book. Book of mormon geography in north america wayne may. Until we have clearer knowledgeon book of mormon geography. This geography was originally based on a dvd presentation which is in turn based on fireside presentations produced by rodney rod meldrum.
Interactive book of mormon map virtual book of mormon. The view of book of mormon geography taught by joseph smith and subsequent presidents and apostles of the mormon church includes three major, closely related points. Book of mormon in north america maps book of mormon evidence. Zoom in to maximum zoom level to see the actual spot close up from overhead. Mormon theological geography on a ninefoothigh banner. Because of this theory, he wrote, some members of the church have become confused and greatly disturbed in their faith in the book of mormon. The land of zarahemla is at a lower elevation relative to the land of nephi. Moronis america today in 1936, when lds scholars first began accepting the twocumorah theory, apostle joseph fielding smith warned the saints. The prophet joseph smith himself accepted what he felt was evidence of book of mormon civilizations in both north america and central america.
Book of mormon geography in north america the products services offered by wayne may are neither made, provided, approved nor endorsed by intellectual reserve, inc. Okay, lets be really clear about what bookofmormon christians dont believe. As the above logo depicts, we do respect this mandate, and our model is unique in this regard. The new essay begins with this declarative statement. The best way to teach the book of mormon is with a fantasy map based on an interpretation that repudiates the teachings of the prophets about the new york cumorah. Join us now as we enter a mysterious building that no outsider has ever visited a mormon temple for today were studying that most curious of history texts, the book of mormon the mormons, formally and properly known as the church of jesus christ of latterday saints, is the same as any other more conventional christian church, but with the additional. Many proposed book of mormon geography theories were originated using a method proposed by dr. Virtual book of mormon another testament of jesus christ. The material below covers the geography of the book of mormon in north america.
I would be happy to answer your questions if you have any more, but i wouldnt suggest asking antilds people anyway we have no map of where he traveled in america, but he did travel there. Joseph smith, history of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints, ed. Is there real evidence christ visited north america. The great strength of the book is that it provides a wellargued perspective based on the geology of natural disasters that is new to the analysis of the book of mormonone that adds to the reality of book of mormon events and opens new doors for potential research and understanding of the geography of the book of mormon. I have watched more than 20 hours of wayne may book of mormon lecture videos and conversed with both wayne may and rod meldrum in person.
The north american setting for the book of mormon kindle edition by neville, jonathan. Soon after publishing the book of mormon in 1830, joseph smith left his home. Did jesus really take a trip to the americas, as the. Book of mormon map and geography high def duration. 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. According to joseph smith and subsequent presidents and apostles of the lds church, the geographical extent of book of mormon lands included virtually all of north and south america. Rodney meldrum, dna evidence for book of mormon geography. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading moronis america. Book of mormon geography is predominantly in north america. The largest of the churches embracing the book of mormonthe church of jesus christ of latterday. At the general conference of the reorganized church held at lamoni, iowa, april 619, 1894, a committee on american archaeology was appointed to outline and prepare a map of book of mormon historythe record of the ancient inhabitants of north and south america.
Whatever cities were or could be rebuilt were again. Book of mormon map book of mormon, scripture study lds, lds. I still think there is a serious problem of imprinting a particular geographyeven an abstract onebut if the people involved accept the scripture on faith alone, they may never care about the realworld geography, so a mental abstract map is no problem. Wayne gives firesides to members and nonmembers alike, wherever he is invited to present. Book of mormon geography, the near cumorah setting book. When you point out the descriptions in the book of mormon align closely to what is now known about ancient north america, they say that critics have accused joseph of composing the text based on common 1800s beliefs and. Home true book of mormon geography lands western new. Another testament of jesus christ is an actual record of gods dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the americas and contains, as does the bible, the fullness of the everlasting gospel the book of mormon is a powerful witness of jesus christ. Watch till the end to see a point by point walk through of mormons description in alma 22 2734. Book of mormon maps and learning tools virtual book of. If the book is accurate, archaeologists would expect to find numerous pieces of hard evidence in central america that confirm the presence of these societies.
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 heartland model or heartland theory of book of mormon geography states that the book of mormon events primarily occurred in the heartland of north america. A contemporary mormon view is that these civilizations rose and fell in mesoamerica. Sidon river, most prominent river in nephite territory. The scientific search for nephite remains mormons in. The church of jesus christ of latterday saints teaches that the message of the book of mormon is spiritual, that it is a second witness of the lord jesus christ, and of. The book of mormon is a real history, but we know nothing about where any events took place. This is the first map to actually do this i believe. The church of jesus christ of latterday saints does not officially endorse any one particular geographical model for where the events in the book of mormon transpired in the new world.
The church of jesus christ of latterday saints 729,401 views. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Such maps can be a useful introduction for those who are new to the book of mormon. The church and byu stay neutral in questions of exactly where the book of mormon took place.
The latest lds, the church of jesus christ of latterday saints and mormon. See my answers to questions about the book of mormon here. Much of this land was altered at the coming of jesus. For that reason, we have designed and prepared this artistic rendering in such a way that you can get a basic idea of approximate directions and theoretical. If some people are unable to understand what mormon has written concerning the river sidon flowing to the north through the land of zarahemla alma 22. The land of zarahemla encompasses the area south of the land of bountiful and north of the lamanite line of possession and is bordered by the seas east and west. Joseph smith also seemed to believe that the united states was the book of mormon land. Trace the mormons path from new york to utah territory using this map. This book locates everything from the narrow neck, to zarahemla, from cumorah, to the land of promise, bountiful. Book of mormon archaeology in north america book of mormon archaeology gives evidence for the heartland model of the book of mormon location.
The book of mormon, and the book titled moronis america the north american setting for the book of mormon, by jonathan neville. New hampshire, new jersey, new mexico, new york, north carolina, north dakota. Book of mormonplagiarism accusationsplace names from. Gods word is to be established by two or more witnesses 2 cor. He has been presenting information on the topic of north americas archaeological data since 1994 which demonstrates how it applies to the book of mormon timeline. I would also suggest that when reading moronis america maps edition, you have two other books with you. Correlation and verification through dna, prophetic, scriptural, historical, climatological. Book of mormon geography the church of jesus christ of latter. The lord could have removed all questions regarding the exact locations of these events but he did not. Though there are a few who hold to a more north american setting, many. After several months of intense careful study of the text i have put together the following proposed map, showing the relative positions of book of mormon lands, cities, rivers, etc. Discussion regarding the historicity of the book of mormon often focuses on archaeological issues, some of which relate to the large size and the long time span of the civilizations mentioned in the book. As smiths church of christ grows, he finds himself under greater scrutiny from. The book of mormon geography lands and map with dna evidence.
For that reason, our design team has chosen to develop an internal map that shows relational directions and approximate distances that match the. Book of mormon geography in north america wayne may lds archaeology. We dont know much about the exact locations he went to, but if you want a better knowledge of it, read the introduction of the book of mormon. 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. The hill cumorah in ontario county ny is the hill where joseph smith found the golden plates and is the same hill where the civilizations of the nephites cumorah and the jaredites ramah fought their last battles. Area plan north america northeast church of jesus christ. The geographical setting of the book of mormon is the set of locations of the events described. Book of mormon archaeology in north america dvdrom january 1, 2010. The book of mormon describes migrations of people from the middle east to central america, and further describes some features of their civilizations in the new world. Moronis americamaps edition book of mormon evidence. These two books are referenced heavily throughout moronis america maps edition. On the map of the usa, i cannot find a place where the sea divides the land in pennsylvania located to the south of cumorah, new york or anywhere else in the united states that would mark the boundary between desolation and bountiful.
The church takes no position on the specific geographic location of book of mormon events in the ancient americas. Church releases statement on book of mormon geography. Church releases statement on book of mormon geography book. We dont believe that he took off a few years in his twenties, hopped on a boat, and sailed to the americas fifteen centuries prior to columbus. Why did alma ask about having gods image engraven upon ones countenance. Aug 12, 2014 book of mormon map along with a wall map are available for down. New scientific support for the truthfulness of the book of mormon. All markers have been placed at the exact locations with a few exceptions this will be noted in the marker text box if the exact location is not known. Exploring the book of mormon in americas heartland. At least eighty versions of a book of mormon map have been produced. He revealed the site of the ancient manti city to be near huntsville, missouri history of js, vol 16, pg 296 smith also once identified some bones found in illinois during the zions camp march to be the bones of a lamanite whose name was zelph and who had died in. The continent of north america is the land of the book of mormon peoples. Forced migrations american experience official site pbs.930 1424 1433 306 1211 841 1349 633 927 763 293 543 145 1296 1492 270 1520 1110 1338 110 362 393 157 529 181 1171 728 316 33 539 278 87 420 1650 1410 165 158 503 806 474 1488 1308 1417 975 758 1199