(Mosiah 9:14–19; Mosiah 10), 36. Just like God spoke to Moses and Noah in the Bible, He also instructed His prophets in … 8; Ether 1:1, 2; Moro. Instead, we are left to our own speculations concerning Book of Mormon geography. (Hel. Jesus taught his gospel and organized his church. Zeezrom was converted. Mosiah II became king of Zarahemla. Mosiah I led the righteous Nephites from Nephi to Zarahemla. (Mosiah 7; Mosiah 22), 44. (Mosiah 19), 42. Alma the Elder was made high priest over the Nephites in Zarahemla. Geography of The Book of Mormon: the river Sidon - Duration: 26:45. (Hel. (3 Ne. While this could definitely be the case, it is simpler if we take the words on face value, wherever possible. 1:35–42), 99. This group left the Tower of Babel and arrived in the Americas about 2200 B.C. The Book is named after him. (3 Ne. 7), 91. 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. (3 Ne. Book of Mormon Time Line. Death of Captain Moroni and Pahoran. Matthew Roper, “Limited Geography and the Book of Mormon: Historical Antecedents and Early Interpretations,” FARMS Review 16, no. 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. An Assessment of the Frederick G. Williams Statement, Book of Mormon Students Meet: Interesting Convention Held in Provo Saturday and Sunday. Scholars gathered in Provo, Utah, to discuss their theories about where the events described in the Book of Mormon took place. 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. (Alma 46:11–37), 70. Gideon’s insurrection against Noah. 13–15), 88. How does the Book of Mormon’s timeline compare with the Bible’s timeline? Some placed the Nephite capital city Zarahemla in Mesoamerica, others in South America. 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. Lachoneus and Giddianhi defeated the Gadianton robbers. Amlici sought to become king over the Nephites. Nephites divided into tribes. The Lord has never revealed the specific location of Book of Mormon events. The book of Mormon began in Jerusalem in 600 AD. Right? (Omni 1:12-15) The prophet Ether warned King Coriantumr and the Jaredites. (Mosiah 19:19, 20), 41. Nephi and his brothers obtained the brass plates of Laban. 5), 82. Destruction of the Jaredites. (Hel. (1 Ne. God’s Basic Premise. Alma the Younger became record keeper, first chief judge, and high priest over the Nephites. 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?" “Book of Mormon Time Line,” Ensign, Oct. 2011, 20–21. (Jacob 1), 29. Click on the book to purchase hard copy or kindle. Others argued for a setting in the American heartland. 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. (Morm. (Ether 2:1–18), 3. Beginning of the reign of the judges. 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. Anti-Nephi-Lehies were given the land of Jershon. (1 Ne. Alma the Younger and Amulek preached to Ammonihahites. Death of King Noah by fire. 12–27), 95. 19:36. Conversion of Alma the Younger and the four sons of Mosiah. (Alma 52–55), 74. Secret combination between Jared and Akish. The title of liberty rallied freedom-loving Nephites. (Omni 1:12–19), 31. The “Bible” Problem in the Book of Mormon. (1 Ne. Noah’s son Limhi became king over the Nephites in bondage. 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. (Alma 4:11–20), 55. Even Joseph Smith was not above the fray. Lamanites were driven from Nephite lands; peace was established. Brother of Jared saw the premortal Christ. Jaredites journeyed to the promised land. Noah succeed Zeniff as king of the Nephite colony. The people were divided into Nephites and Lamanites. Nephi made two sets of plates. (Alma 63:3; Hel. (Mosiah 2–5), 34. (Mosiah 27), 48. (4 Ne. Death of Mosiah II and Alma the Elder. Copyright 2021 Book of Mormon Central: A Non-Profit Organization. (Alma 22), 62. This video sums up the Book of Mormon in 60 seconds. When was the Book of Mormon first published? Readers of the Book of Mormon may wonder, at times, where in the Americas the events described took place. We build enduring faith in Jesus Christ by making the Book of Mormon accessible, comprehensible, and defensible to the entire world. (Moro. (Alma 16:1–12), 58. (Alma 20), 61. (Ether 15:32. Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway. Find out in the short book, Letter VII: Oliver Cowdery’s Message to the World about the Hill Cumorah, 2nd edition. Captain Moroni defeated Zerahemnah. 6:6), 101. It’s scripture. 19), 23. Jaredites. Alma the Younger led a mission among the Zoramites. See Mosiah 25:2; Helaman 6:10. 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. Did the First Presidency identify the New York ‘Hill Cumorah’ as the site of the Nephite final battles? With the Lord’s help, Zeniff’s people prevailed against the Lamanites. (Mosiah 28:20; Mosiah 29:42–44), 50. 11:1–17), 93. (Mosiah 6), 35. King Benjamin’s address. Coriantumr—last Jaredite survivor discovered by Mulekites. This theory—referred to as the Hemispheric Geography Theory(HGT) posits that North America is the “land … Korihor the Anti-Christ was struck dumb. Free interchange of commerce between the Nephites and Lamanites. 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 Elder and his followers were put in bondage at Helam. (Alma 11; Alma 14; Alma 15), 57. Voyage to the promised land. 1), 89. TRAILER: David Allan – Where did the Book of Mormon Really take Place & Does it Matter? (Ether 1:33–37), 2. Finally, the Book of Mormon references one other group of people who were led from Jerusalem in … Where were famous Book of Mormon cities, like Zarahemla and Bountiful, or the epic battlefields of the Nephites and Lamanites, such as Cumorah? Captain Moroni defeated the rebellious king-men. Amalickiah tried to become king over the Nephites. 10; Hel. Efforts to teach Lamanites the gospel were unsuccessful. Jacob succeed Nephi as prophet. 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. (Hel. Ammon led Limhi’s people to Zarahemla. 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. (Hel. All rights reserved. It’s also available at Deseret Book. (3 Ne. 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. All rights reserved. (Ether 12:1–5; Ether 13:1–22), 7. 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. I encourage and recommend all possible investigation, comparison and research in this matter. (Alma 53; Alma 56–58), 75. 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? This is a response I have heard many others say and one I have said myself many times. Gadianton became the leader of Kishkumen’s band. 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. 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. (Ether 6:1–12), 5. Alma the Elder was converted—baptized at the Waters of Mormon. 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. © 2018 by Gregory N. Hoole. Ammaron gave Mormon charge of the plates. Hagoth built ships and sailed forth. (Hel. Kishkumen formed a secret combination and murdered Pahoran’s son. Non-Mormon critics disagree in their opinions as to the origin of the book. (Alma 51:33, 34; Alma 52:3), 73. (1 Ne. (Alma 1:1–15), 53. (Mosiah 25:15–21; Alma 4:18), 47. 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. John L. Sorenson, The Geography of Book of Mormon Events: A Source Book, rev. 1), 96. As you read the Book of Mormon… “It is wisdom that this land should be kept as yet from the knowledge of other nations”. (Mosiah 19), 40. 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. The discussion on Book of Mormon geography was getting heated. Were the Nephites and Lamanites spread throughout both North and South America or did Book of Mormon events occur within a more confined area? Where Did The Book of Mormon Take Place? ed. 1:2), 78. Michael P 55,987 views. See also Omni 1:20–22. (3 Ne. (Alma 2:1–31), 54. (1 Ne. (Mosiah 28:1–9), 49. (Morm. 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. Joseph Smith claimed that the Book of Mormon is an ancient text written by ancient Jews who came to the Americas long before Columbus. John E. Clark, “Book of Mormon Geography,” in Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 4 vols., ed. He also quoted to them the words of Isaiah. (Alma 17; Alma 18; Alma 19), 60. https://soundcloud.com/bookofmormoncentral/knowhy431. (1 Ne. You can read the 1st edition for free at Book of Mormon Central HERE. Why Did Alma Talk about Planting a Seed in the Heart. (3 Ne. A few people revolted and became Lamanites. (Hel. 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. (Alma 59–61), 76. 1:1), 103. 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. Finally, the Book of Mormon references one other group of people who were led from Jerusalem in about 587 BC. Zeniff left Zarahemla and established a Nephite colony in the land of Nephi. When Christ appeared to the Nephites as the resurrected Savior, He blessed them, He taught them He prayed with them and for them. (Alma 27), 64. (Alma 45:15–19), 68. (1 Ne. Nephites. 10). Death of Nephi. Mulekites left Jerusalem. (Alma 43; Alma 44), 67. 2), 81. The twenty-four gold plates were discovered. 18:5–23), 22. 11–15), 20. Alma’s people were delivered and arrived in Zarahemla. Description. Thousands of Lamanites were converted through the efforts of Nephi and Lehi. (3 Ne. 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. ↑}"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. Where Does The Book Of Mormon Really Take Place and Does It Matter? 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. Mormon deposited all the plates except the plates of Mormon, which he gave to his son Moroni. 18:1–5), 21. Where did the The Book of Mormon get its name? (Alma 31–35), 66. 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. (Alma 46:1–10), 69. (Hel. Years later, Joseph Smith received a book on Central American ruins as a gift. (Alma 51), 72. 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. David Allan – Where did the Book of Mormon Really Take Place & Does it Matter? Events on the ocean while journeying on the sea to what would later become the Americas. • Mosiah and his followers discover the people of Zarahemla. John Gilbert (1802-95) was principal typesetter and proofreader when the Book of Mormon was printed in 1829-30. Lehi’s family departed from Jerusalem. 4), 90. (4 Ne. 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. Is there a revealed Book of Mormon geography? In the Book of Mormon, you see heroes and villains, prophets and idolaters, good and evil. He reminded them that they had been given THIS LAND for … ), 9. (Alma 62:12–52), 77. The Anti-Nephi-Lehies were converted. it begins with a prophet … (Mosiah 23; Mosiah 24), 45. Tower of Babel—Jaredites language not confounded. TRAILER: David Doane – Israelites in the Promised Land. Jesus chose twelve disciples among the Nephites. King Lamoni and his household were converted. A prophet, named Mormon, organized the thousand years of history into a book. Smith insisted that he did not compose the book but merely “translated” it under divine guidance. I think the Book of Mormon geography does matter. Completing the work in less than 90 days, he published it in March 1830 as a 588-page volume called the Book of Mormon. City of Ammonihah was destroyed by a Lamanite army. Why Did Pahoran, Paanchi, and Pacumeni have Such Similar Sounding Names? 6:1–6), 83. Lamanites were more righteous than Nephites and sent missionaries among Nephites. Jaredites traveled to great sea, and barges were built. TRAILER: David Doane – Hidden in Plain Sight, the Remnant of Jacob and Joseph. (Ether 8:7–19), 6. ->. (Ether 15:13–32), 8. Daniel H. Ludlow (New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing, 1992), 1:176–179. (Ether 3:6–16), 4. (Mosiah 24:13–25), 46. 8), 92. Gadianton robbers seized control of the Nephite government. Signs given of Christ’s death. Moroni wandered alone and abridged the Jaredite history.(Morm. 7), 15. "Zelph,"Wikipedia article (accessed 16 February 2016). Interest in answering these questions began almost immediately after the Book of Mormon was published. Lehi’s vision of the destruction of Jerusalem. 17:8–17; 1 Ne. Ishmael’s family joined Lehi. Lehi commanded to leave Jerusalem. Pt 1 - Duration: 19:36. 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. (Omni 1:15–16), 25. Aaron preached the gospel to Lamoni’s father and his household. 1:1–4), 100. 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.” 4), 13. 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. Zoram, Laban’s servant, joined Lehi’s family. Helaman I and the stripling warriors helped the Nephites. Nephi, son of Helaman II, was given great power. Samuel the Lamanite warned the Nephites. (Alma 63:5–8), 79. Lehi’s dream of the tree of Life. 6:7–15), 102. Reunion of Alma the Younger and the four sons of Mosiah. 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. Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free. (Omni 1:27–30; Mosiah 9:1–9), 33. Nephi’s visions and prophecies. 6:15–41), 85. (Mosiah 29:45, 46), 52. Alma the Younger gave up the judgement seat to Nephihah. (Mosiah 12–17), 38. But reading in 3 Nephi this morning made me change my mind. Captain Moroni and Pahoran corresponded. (Mosiah 17; Mosiah 18), 39. (Mosiah 11:1–15), 37. 3; 1 Ne. Abinadi’s ministry and death. 1:1–12), 80. They flourished until about 600 B.C., when wars destroyed everyone but Coriantumr. Nephi, son of Helaman II, prophesied the murder of the chief judge. 7–9), 86. Around the same time when Babylon was being captured in the bible. 8), 16. The Lord has never revealed the specific location of Book of Mormon events. Ammon and Lamoni encountered Lamoni’s father. Instead, we are left to our own speculations concerning Book of Mormon geography. A detailed chronology of the Book of Mormon follows: 1. 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. 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). Where did Lehi’s ship land? 11), 87. 1:6–15), 10. (1 Ne. 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." (Mosiah 29:44), 51. 2:1–4), 12. (Provo, UT: FARMS, 1992). By Rod Meldrum “The book is true no matter where it happened. Disappearance of Alma the Younger. Captain Moroni, Lehi, and Teancum regained several captured cities. (1 Ne. (Alma 8–10; Alma 12; Alma 13), 56. Pretty much everything you expect to see in a religious text. (Alma 30), 65. Nehor introduced priestcraft among the Nephites. The building of a ship at Bountiful. Jesus Christ appeared to the Nephite. 28), 97. The Book of Mormon is Consistent With Recorded Old Testament History. 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. 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. 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