John E. Clark, “Book of Mormon Geography,” in Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 4 vols., ed. (Mosiah 21:25–27), 43. (Alma 1:1–15), 53. Book of Mormon archaeologists frequently try to explain mismatches between the text and the evidence by saying that the words may have been translated differently by Nephi, Mormon, or Joseph Smith. The more thinkers, investigators, workers we have in the field the better; but our brethren who devote themselves to that kind of research should remember that they must speak with caution and not declare as demonstrated truths points that are not really proved.18, Ultimately, as several leaders have stressed, while the subject is of interest and has value, readers should not let it distract them from true purpose of the Book of Mormon. 11–15), 20. Where Did The Book of Mormon Take Place? Ammaron gave Mormon charge of the plates. Zoram, Laban’s servant, joined Lehi’s family. (3 Ne. (Hel. In The Book of Mormon, a pair of mismatched Mormon boys are sent on a mission to a place thats about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. The title of liberty rallied freedom-loving Nephites. (Hel. (Alma 23–25; Alma 27), 63. Reunion of Alma the Younger and the four sons of Mosiah. (3 Ne. (Mosiah 28:1–9), 49. 12:1), 94. Description. 18:5–23), 22. (Alma 43; Alma 44), 67. The people were divided into Nephites and Lamanites. 7), 91. 2 (2004): 225–275. (1 Ne. It matters greatly because the Lord has said through the prophet Moroni, who saw our day: “For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. 1:2), 78. Even Joseph Smith was not above the fray. (Omni 1:15–16), 25. The building of a ship at Bountiful. As apostle John A. Widtsoe said, “As far as can be learned, Joseph Smith, translator of the book, did not say where, on the American continent, Book of Mormon activities occurred.”16. “Book of Mormon Time Line,” Ensign, Oct. 2011, 20–21. Zeezrom was converted. (Mosiah 19), 42. Death of King Noah by fire. By 1890, President George Q. Cannon noted there were several different and conflicting Book of Mormon geographies in circulation, and “no two of them … agree on all points.” Nephites divided into tribes. City of Ammonihah was destroyed by a Lamanite army. We build enduring faith in Jesus Christ by making the Book of Mormon accessible, comprehensible, and defensible to the entire world. (Alma 17; Alma 18; Alma 19), 60. Ammon led Limhi’s people to Zarahemla. Voyage to the promised land. (1 Ne. Hagoth built ships and sailed forth. Book of Mormon Time Line. Captain Moroni and Pahoran corresponded. Gadianton became the leader of Kishkumen’s band. (Morm. It is commonly divided into chronological time periods as follows: Paleo-Indian (prior to 8.000 BC), Archaic (8,000 - 2,000 BC), Pre-classic (2,000 BC to 400 AD), Classic (400 AD to 900 AD) and Post-Classic (900 AD to the 1519 arrival of the Spanish) 2. (Alma 27), 64. 1:20), 98. Alma the Elder was made high priest over the Nephites in Zarahemla. John L. Sorenson, The Geography of Book of Mormon Events: A Source Book, rev. ->. In a letter thanking the giver, he stated that it “corresponds with & supports the testimony of the Book of Mormon.”5 In 1842, while Joseph Smith was the editor, the Times and Seasons published several articles highlighting ruins in Central America as evidence for the Book of Mormon.6 Like his peers, the Prophet evidently believed that all ancient ruins and artifacts spanning across the American continents were evidence of Book of Mormon lands and peoples. (1 Ne. Is there a revealed Book of Mormon geography? Events on the ocean while journeying on the sea to what would later become the Americas. The discussion on Book of Mormon geography was getting heated. (Alma 63:3; Hel. It’s also available at Deseret Book. The four sons of Mosiah left on a mission to the Lamanites. Coriantumr—last Jaredite survivor discovered by Mulekites. King Benjamin’s address. (3 Ne. (Ether 12:1–5; Ether 13:1–22), 7. (1 Ne. Where Does The Book Of Mormon Really Take Place and Does It Matter? (Hel. 3; 3 Ne. They flourished until about 600 B.C., when wars destroyed everyone but Coriantumr. Geography of The Book of Mormon: the river Sidon - Duration: 26:45. 1h 7m David W. Allan is one of the world’s premier time experts…a physicist for the Atomic Clock. The Anti-Nephi-Lehies were converted. Years later, Joseph Smith received a book on Central American ruins as a gift. Gideon’s insurrection against Noah. Nephi’s visions and prophecies. Nehor introduced priestcraft among the Nephites. ↑}"Joe Smith, Something about the Early Life of the Mormon prophet;' Detroit Post and Tribune, December 3, 1877, 3; cited in Vogel, Early Mormon Documents, 2:517, 520. This is a response I have heard many others say and one I have said myself many times. John Gilbert (1802-95) was principal typesetter and proofreader when the Book of Mormon was printed in 1829-30. A search for "Zelph" on the church's official website shows that Zelph appears multiple times in various Ensignand other church publications such as this excerpt: "Zion's Camp March from Ohio to Missouri, 1834" by Stanley B. Kimball, em>Ensign April 1979. "Zelph,"Wikipedia article (accessed 16 February 2016). Samuel the Lamanite warned the Nephites. Alma the Younger and Amulek preached to Ammonihahites. (Mosiah 19:19, 20), 41. Noah’s son Limhi became king over the Nephites in bondage. Although most early Latter-day Saints had a hemispheric understanding of Book of Mormon geography, there was no universally accepted model of Book of Mormon lands, and different opinions persisted about several topics. Anti-Nephi-Lehies were given the land of Jershon. TRAILER: David Doane – Blood, Dirt, and the Fullness of the Gospel. Only months later, a group of missionaries, including Oliver Cowdery, were apparently telling people in Ohio that Lehi “landed on the coast of Chile.”1 A couple of years later, W. W. Phelps linked the land of Desolation to the mid-western United States, ranging from the Mississippi to the Rocky Mountains.2 The next year, Phelps got ahold of reports about ancient ruins in Guatemala with stones “cemented by mortar,” and argued that this find was “good testimony in favor of the Book of Mormon,” specifically the account in Helaman 3:3–11.3, Clearly, for early Latter-day Saints, events in the Book of Mormon were believed to have spanned the entire Western Hemisphere. As you read the Book of Mormon… The Book of Mormon. (Mosiah 2–5), 34. The Three Nephites were changed. The Lord has never revealed the specific location of Book of Mormon events. While this could definitely be the case, it is simpler if we take the words on face value, wherever possible. God’s Basic Premise. When we take the Book of Mormon into our hearts, we have more love for our Father in Heaven and His Only Begotten Son, our Savior. (1 Ne. 19), 23. Since the days of Joseph Smith most Saints believed that the Book of Mormon took place across the entire expanse of North and South America. Others argued for a setting in the American heartland. Zeniff left Zarahemla and established a Nephite colony in the land of Nephi. (Mosiah 17; Mosiah 18), 39. 7–9), 86. According to Christ’s recorded words to the Nephites in the Book of Mormon, there are only two covenant lands of promise for the house of Israel; Jerusalem (3 Nephi 20:29) and New Jerusalem (3 Nephi 20:22). Pretty much everything you expect to see in a religious text. Click on the book to purchase hard copy or kindle. Copyright 2021 Book of Mormon Central: A Non-Profit Organization. 11:1–17), 93. How does the Book of Mormon’s timeline compare with the Bible’s timeline? (Alma 31–35), 66. 12–27), 95. TRAILER: David Doane – Israelites in the Promised Land. The book recounts the journey of a prophet, Lehi, and his family, who were commanded by the Lord to flee Jerusalem before it was destroyed. Beginning of the reign of the judges. You also have a guiding light to bring you to the Savior: the word of God found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. The book of Mormon began in Jerusalem in 600 AD. Alma the Elder was converted—baptized at the Waters of Mormon. Free interchange of commerce between the Nephites and Lamanites. See also, Royal Skousen, “How Joseph Smith Translated the Book of Mormon: Evidence from the Original Manuscript,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7, no. David Allan – Where did the Book of Mormon Really Take Place & Does it Matter? Even while remaining officially neutral, however, several Church leaders have encouraged appropriate and diligent study of the topic, even recommending how to properly study it out. This group left the Tower of Babel and arrived in the Americas about 2200 B.C. Mosiah I led the righteous Nephites from Nephi to Zarahemla. Non-Mormon critics disagree in their opinions as to the origin of the book. (Enos 1:14), 30. (Morm. See also Omni 1:20–22. 1), 89. Essentially, all that can be proved is that the Book of Mormon took place somewhere that was across a large body of water from the Middle East. (Omni 1:12-15) 1:1–4), 100. (Ether 2:1–18), 3. Death of Captain Moroni and Pahoran. (Omni 1:23–25; W of M 1:12–18), 32. A prophet, named Mormon, organized the thousand years of history into a book. (1 Ne. ed. 8; Ether 1:1, 2; Moro. Disappearance of Alma the Younger. With the Lord’s help, Zeniff’s people prevailed against the Lamanites. (Jacob 1), 29. Smith insisted that he did not compose the book but merely “translated” it under divine guidance. Careful analysis of early writings on Book of Mormon geography reveals a diversity of ideas and opinions on the location of nearly every Book of Mormon place. Some placed the Nephite capital city Zarahemla in Mesoamerica, others in South America. 13–15), 88. Did the First Presidency identify the New York ‘Hill Cumorah’ as the site of the Nephite final battles? The primary Book of Mormon narrative begins in Jerusalem in approximately 600 BC and ends in what is now upstate New York in about AD 421. 6:7–9), 84. (Mosiah 9:14–19; Mosiah 10), 36. (Omni 1:27–30; Mosiah 9:1–9), 33. (4 Ne. The narrative is interrupted at one point to recount the journey of another group who left the Tower of Babel and arrived in the Americas around 2200 BC See Ether 1-15. Helaman I and the stripling warriors helped the Nephites. (Alma 20), 61. Pt 1 - Duration: 19:36. (4 Ne. Alma the Younger became record keeper, first chief judge, and high priest over the Nephites. Jesus taught his gospel and organized his church. Thousands of Lamanites were converted through the efforts of Nephi and Lehi. For example, while the idea that Lehi landed in Chile would grow to become a widespread tradition in the Church,7 under Joseph Smith’s editorship, the Times and Seasons stated that Lehi “landed a little south of the Isthmus of Darien,” that is, just south of Panama.8 In 1842, Parley P. Pratt seemed to place Desolation in Central America, contrary to Phelps earlier identification.9, Careful analysis of early writings on Book of Mormon geography reveals a diversity of ideas and opinions on the location of nearly every Book of Mormon place.10 By 1890, President George Q. Cannon noted there were several different and conflicting Book of Mormon geographies in circulation, and “no two of them … agree on all points.” President Cannon then made clear that the First Presidency did not endorse any of these maps because, “The word of the Lord or the translation of other ancient records is required to clear up many points now so obscure.”11, The number of maps has only grown over the course of the 20th and into the 21st century as many have continued to propose various models.12 While questions of geography are far from settled, our understanding of the book’s physical setting has improved thanks to the increasingly more rigorous work of many scholars interested in questions of Book of Mormon geography. (Morm. Right? 10). An Assessment of the Frederick G. Williams Statement, Book of Mormon Students Meet: Interesting Convention Held in Provo Saturday and Sunday. Careful analysis of early writings on Book of Mormon geography reveals a diversity of ideas and opinions on the location of nearly every Book of Mormon place.10 By 1890, President George Q. Cannon noted there were several different and conflicting Book of Mormon geographies in circulation, and “no two of them … agree on all points.” Final battle between the Nephites and Lamanites at Cumorah. Jaredites journeyed to the promised land. I think the Book of Mormon geography does matter. He reminded them that they had been given THIS LAND for … The Book of Mormon narrative begins in Jerusalem in approximately 600 BC and ends in what is now upstate New York in about AD 421. (1 Ne. Korihor the Anti-Christ was struck dumb. (Alma 45:15–19), 68. (Mosiah 6), 35. (Hel. King Benjamin reigned in Zarahemla. Noah succeed Zeniff as king of the Nephite colony. (Alma 51:33, 34; Alma 52:3), 73. (Mosiah 29:44), 51. The “Bible” Problem in the Book of Mormon. Completing the work in less than 90 days, he published it in March 1830 as a 588-page volume called the Book of Mormon. Daniel H. Ludlow (New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing, 1992), 1:176–179. Were the Nephites and Lamanites spread throughout both North and South America or did Book of Mormon events occur within a more confined area? You can read the 1st edition for free at Book of Mormon Central HERE. Signs given of Christ’s death. See Mosiah 25:2; Helaman 6:10. Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway. The primary Book of Mormon narrative begins in Jerusalem in approximately 600 BC and ends in what is now upstate New York in about AD 421. Secret combination between Jared and Akish. Nephites. Ishmael’s family joined Lehi. For example, today most proposals focus only on a specific area or region of the American continent, because more careful study has made it clear that the scope of Book of Mormon lands must be limited.13, But through all of this the Church has continued to maintain a stance of neutrality, as expressed by President Cannon in 1890.14 Even the location of the final Nephite and Jaredite battles has been considered uncertain.15 Nothing said on the topic by Church leaders, past or present—Joseph Smith included—is recognized as revelation. (Alma 2:1–31), 54. (Hel. 6:7–15), 102. Captain Moroni defeated the rebellious king-men. (Mosiah 23; Mosiah 24), 45. (Provo, UT: FARMS, 1992). 6:1–6), 83. (Ether 3:6–16), 4. Nephi, son of Helaman II, was given great power. (Omni 1:12–19), 31. (Alma 62:12–52), 77. Nephi and his brothers obtained the brass plates of Laban. Mulekites left Jerusalem. Lachoneus and Giddianhi defeated the Gadianton robbers. 1:6–15), 10. Lehi’s family departed from Jerusalem. But reading in 3 Nephi this morning made me change my mind. Abinadi’s ministry and death. Finally, the Book of Mormon references one other group of people who were led from Jerusalem in about 587 BC. (3 Ne. Where were famous Book of Mormon cities, like Zarahemla and Bountiful, or the epic battlefields of the Nephites and Lamanites, such as Cumorah? (Alma 63:5–8), 79. (1 Ne. Interest in answering these questions began almost immediately after the Book of Mormon was published. 1:1), 103. Lehi commanded to leave Jerusalem. (Mosiah 7; Mosiah 22), 44. (Ether 8:7–19), 6. Lehi’s vision of the destruction of Jerusalem. Efforts to teach Lamanites the gospel were unsuccessful. (Hel. By David W. Allan. Where did the The Book of Mormon get its name? (Hel. Scholars gathered in Provo, Utah, to discuss their theories about where the events described in the Book of Mormon took place. Amalickiah tried to become king over the Nephites. 28), 97. • Mosiah and his followers discover the people of Zarahemla. (Alma 51), 72. Instead, we are left to our own speculations concerning Book of Mormon geography. Joseph Smith claimed that the Book of Mormon is an ancient text written by ancient Jews who came to the Americas long before Columbus. (Alma 52–55), 74. (3 Ne. The prophet Ether warned King Coriantumr and the Jaredites. Aaron preached the gospel to Lamoni’s father and his household. TRAILER: David Doane – Hidden in Plain Sight, the Remnant of Jacob and Joseph. 6:15–41), 85. 6:6), 101. Destruction of the Jaredites. (Ether 15:13–32), 8. Michael P 55,987 views. (Alma 46:1–10), 69. Signs given of the Savior’s birth. (4 Ne. Death of Mosiah II and Alma the Elder. (Mosiah 24:13–25), 46. 2), 81. 4), 90. (Mosiah 11:1–15), 37. Alma the Younger gave up the judgement seat to Nephihah. Nephi, son of Helaman II, prophesied the murder of the chief judge. A detailed chronology of the Book of Mormon follows: 1. (Alma 4:11–20), 55. Just like God spoke to Moses and Noah in the Bible, He also instructed His prophets in … (Alma 17:1–4), 59. Around the same time when Babylon was being captured in the bible. Readers of the Book of Mormon may wonder, at times, where in the Americas the events described took place. 10; Hel. Moroni recorded his farewell and deposited the plates of Mormon in the Hill Cumorah. He also quoted to them the words of Isaiah. Additional Book of Mormon Study Resources, Limited Geography and the Book of Mormon: Historical Antecedents and Early Interpretations, The Golden Bible, or, Campbellism Improved, Discovery of Ancient Ruins in Central America, Joseph Smith to John M. Berhnisel, November 16, 1841, John Bernhisel’s Gift to a Prophet: Incidents of Travel in Central America and the Book of Mormon, Traits of the Mosaic History, Found among the Azteca Nations, Extract from Stephens’ ‘Incidents of Travel in Central America’, Joseph Smith, Revelation, and Book of Mormon Geography, Joseph Smith, the Times and Seasons, and Central American Ruins, ‘War of Words and Tumult of Opinions’: the Battle for Joseph Smith’s Words in Book of Mormon Geography, Joseph Smith, Central American Ruins, and the Book of Mormon, Zarahemla Revisited: Neville’s Newest Novel, Did Lehi Land in Chile? It’s scripture. Jaredites. 17:8–17; 1 Ne. (Mosiah 27), 48. (Mosiah 19), 40. Era of peace following Christ’s ministry. King Lamoni and his household were converted. If the Book of Mormon took place, as we’re now told, in a small area in Mesoamerica, how did Zelph’s bones end up on a mound in Illinois?" https://soundcloud.com/bookofmormoncentral/knowhy431. Finally, the Book of Mormon references one other group of people who were led from Jerusalem in … In the Book of Mormon, you see heroes and villains, prophets and idolaters, good and evil. When was the Book of Mormon first published? (Mosiah 12–17), 38. Why Did Alma Talk about Planting a Seed in the Heart. 2:1–4), 11. (Alma 16:1–12), 58. (See Ether 1–15.) The Book of Mormon is Consistent With Recorded Old Testament History. (1 Ne. The Book is named after him. Why Did Pahoran, Paanchi, and Pacumeni have Such Similar Sounding Names? (Alma 22), 62. President Cannon, for instance, wrote, “there can be no harm result from the study of the geography of this continent at the time it was settled by Nephites, drawing all the information possible from the record which has been translated for our benefit.”17 Elder James E. Talmage said: The fact is, the Book of Mormon does not give us precise and definite information whereby we can locate those places with certainty. Lehi’s dream of the tree of Life. (Ether 1:33–37), 2. The opening chapters in what is extant of the Book of Mormon took place in and around Jerusalem, in the first year of the reign of Zedekiah king of Israel. Any and all ancient or pre-Columbian ruins and artifacts found throughout North, Central, and South America (known as a "hemispheric" geography approach) were quickly accepted as evidence of Book of Mormon peoples. Captain Moroni defeated Zerahemnah. Moroni wandered alone and abridged the Jaredite history.(Morm. Amlici sought to become king over the Nephites. This video sums up the Book of Mormon in 60 seconds. (Alma 46:11–37), 70. Find out in the short book, Letter VII: Oliver Cowdery’s Message to the World about the Hill Cumorah, 2nd edition. 4:35, 38), 14. Death of Nephi. Smith said the title page, and presumably the actual title of the 1830 edition, came from the translation of "the very last leaf" of the golden plates, and was written by the prophet-historian Moroni. 7), 15. Where did Lehi’s ship land? (Moro. Instead, we are left to our own speculations concerning Book of Mormon geography. (Ether 6:1–12), 5. (3 Ne. Elder Russell M. Nelson explained that he has “read much that has been written about” the Book of Mormon, including studies of “its language structure or its records of weapons, geography, animal life, techniques of buildings, or systems of weights and measures.” Yet, “Interesting as these matters may be, study of the Book of Mormon is most rewarding when one focuses on its primary purpose—to testify of Jesus Christ.”19. It answers the questions, “What is the Book of Mormon?” “When did it take place?” “Who is in it?” and “Why is it another book … (1 Ne. (Alma 53; Alma 56–58), 75. 1), 96. Mormon deposited all the plates except the plates of Mormon, which he gave to his son Moroni. (Hel. Conversion of Alma the Younger and the four sons of Mosiah. For more information about the Book of Mormon’s timeline, see How does the Book of Mormon’s timeline compare with the Bible’s timeline? Since the days of Joseph Smith most Saints believed that the Book of Mormon took place across the entire expanse of North and South America. When Christ appeared to the Nephites as the resurrected Savior, He blessed them, He taught them He prayed with them and for them. (Alma 30), 65. Teancum killed Amalickiah, who was succeeded by Ammoron. © 2018 by Gregory N. Hoole. Captain Moroni, Lehi, and Teancum regained several captured cities. Jaredites traveled to great sea, and barges were built. I encourage and recommend all possible investigation, comparison and research in this matter. The twenty-four gold plates were discovered. Tower of Babel—Jaredites language not confounded. (Mosiah 29:45, 46), 52. This theory—referred to as the Hemispheric Geography Theory(HGT) posits that North America is the “land … TRAILER: David Allan – Where did the Book of Mormon Really take Place & Does it Matter? 1:1–12), 80. Jesus chose twelve disciples among the Nephites. (Mosiah 25:15–21; Alma 4:18), 47. Lamanites were driven from Nephite lands; peace was established. (1 Ne. Alma the Elder and his followers were put in bondage at Helam. (3 Ne. 18:1–5), 21. Ammon and Lamoni encountered Lamoni’s father. The Lord has never revealed the specific location of Book of Mormon events. Matthew Roper, “Limited Geography and the Book of Mormon: Historical Antecedents and Early Interpretations,” FARMS Review 16, no. A few people revolted and became Lamanites. (3 Ne. Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon is a holy record that contains the teachings of Jesus, but it was written by the people of the ancient Americas. Alma the Younger led a mission among the Zoramites. Nephi made two sets of plates. Jacob succeed Nephi as prophet. 8), 92. 5), 82. 1:35–42), 99. (Alma 8–10; Alma 12; Alma 13), 56. As mentioned above, the Book of Mormon is a book of scripture kept by the ancient inhabitants of North America and covers a span of 1,000 years. (Hel. By Rod Meldrum “The book is true no matter where it happened. Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free. Events that took place near the Red Sea and in various places on the Arabian Peninsula. The narrative is interrupted at one point to recount the journey of another group who left the Tower of Babel and arrived in the Americas around 2200 BC See Ether 1-15. Brother of Jared saw the premortal Christ. 8), 16. (Alma 59–61), 76. 4), 13. (Alma 11; Alma 14; Alma 15), 57. Kishkumen formed a secret combination and murdered Pahoran’s son. Alma’s people were delivered and arrived in Zarahemla. “It is wisdom that this land should be kept as yet from the knowledge of other nations”. (Mosiah 28:20; Mosiah 29:42–44), 50. Captain Moroni prepared the Nephites to defend their freedom (Alma 48–50), 71. Lamanites were more righteous than Nephites and sent missionaries among Nephites. All rights reserved. 2:1–4), 12. The title page states that the purpose of the Book of Mormon is "to [show] unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; ... and also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations." (Ether 15:32. ), 9. 3; 1 Ne. 19:36. Mosiah II became king of Zarahemla. 11), 87. Gadianton robbers seized control of the Nephite government. Jesus Christ appeared to the Nephite. All rights reserved. it begins with a prophet … In a letter to Emma while marching with Zion’s camp in 1834, Joseph Smith described their travels as “wandering over the plains of the Nephites” and “picking up their skulls & their bones, as a proof of its divine authenticity.”4.

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