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"CHOICE ABOVE ALL OTHER LANDS"
The Genuine Setting for the Book of Mormon
Art of Herb Roe, depicting a native North American earthwork complex
WALK the WALK!
Crossing Sidon (YouTube)
along the line Bountiful (YouTube)
could all those travels, settlements and battles have been in
a land so small?
Wait – are we talking about the Book of Mormon or the
With nothing more than the Bible, and
the location of mount
we can deduce that the Mediterranean has to be
“the great sea westward”
neighboring the lands of Israel
With nothing more than the Book of
Mormon, and the location of
we can deduce that Great Lake
Erie has to be the
“west sea” bordering Nephite and Lamanite lands!
by Deduction and Best Fit
Targeting Book of Mormon Geography Scapegoats!
The 344 Day Voyage of the Jaredites
The river SIDON
Scriptural IQ Test
and the Authentic Literary Setting for the
Book of Mormon
How to Make Nephite Cement
Lies - Darned Lies and
Joseph Smith, Josiah Priest and the
Times and Seasons
Ohio Decalogue Hoax
Beware of Mark Hofmann’s Anthon Transcript Forgery!
A Book of Mormon
Place Name Found in
Eastern United States
The Title of Liberty
Restored in Pre-exilic Hebrew
What Many Cannot Tell, Modern Demographics Can!
Nearly NAKED WARRIORS in winter?
NOT THE PLACE
With Clarifying Comments
Resolving the "six hundred years" Problem of the Book of Mormon
Yes, there’s a place named “Lamanai” in
Belize, but in Joseph Smith’s boyhood state of
New York there’s “Oneida”.
"Manti" in MO
Make Your Own Pilgrimage
Where was Eden? Where is the Garden of God?
Abraham in Egypt
"Heartland as Hinterland"
- Nice Try!
and a verse from Torah
LDS Filmmaker Repents!
"I'm the guy who made the biggest, most expensive film (The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints) has ever made, and I put it in the wrong
(Mormon Times feature
on filmmaker Kieth Merrill)
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“And it came to pass that they did multiply and spread, and did go forth
from the land southward to the land northward,
and did spread insomuch that they began to
cover the face of the whole earth, from
the sea north, from
the sea west to
sea east.” (Helaman 3:8)
There truly is a northern land in the
region where the Book of Mormon came forth, that is bordered by
bodies of water in each of the cardinal directions. The seas
mentioned in the Book of Mormon are real! Inland bodies of water are
commonly called seas
in ancient scripture.
(Joshua 12:3; 15:5,
The expression “the whole earth” doesn't necessarily mean
global or planet-wide. In
“the whole earth” can simply mean the full
extent of a local land or region.
Book of Mormon's
tell us the directions of bodies of water from a location indicated in
scripture. These expressions alone do not tell us the
names of the seas. As you carefully read Helaman 3:8
(cited above), you may discover that the reference frame for the seas
mentioned in this verse, is in
northward”. In other words, from a location in
“sea west” simply means
the sea that is west
from that location. In the Book of Mormon,
“sea west" means
sea on the west. The same is true for the meaning of
The Book of Mormon
“east sea”, on the other
hand, are proper nouns - that is, they are the actual
names of bodies of water
that situate on the west and on the
east respectively, of the lands of Zarahemla and Nephi.
These principal Book of Mormon lands are southward from
Helaman 3:8. (Alma 50:8)
“east sea” also name inland bodies of water in the directions of
sunrise and sunset in Old World Jerusalem.
The Hebrew name translated
(KJV) can also be translated
The Book of Mormon does not say that the entire land northward
resides in land occupied by the United States of America. Traveling
from the land of Desolation in the north, to
“the land southward”,
we encounter the principal Book of Mormon lands of Bountiful,
and Nephi. These covenant lands are in the borders of the
prophetic United States of America!
A distant land northward, surrounded by seas in each of
the cardinal directions matches perfectly Ontario Canada.
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An Ancient Covenant Land of Liberty in the United States of America
it was only the distance of a day and a half's
journey for a Nephite, on the line Bountiful and the land
Desolation, from the east to the west sea; and thus the
land of Nephi and the land of Zarahemla
nearly surrounded by water,
there being a small neck of land between the land northward and the land
southward.” (Alma 22:32)
The Book of Mormon land
of Zarahemla and
“a land among many waters” by
Cumorah, are so near each other, that travelers from the
south mistook one region for the other.
This overlooked fact proves many proposed "Book of Mormon" maps false! See
Distances in the
Book of Mormon's American Setting.
Though the principal lands named in
the Book of Mormon are
comparable in size to the biblical land of Israel, there is no
scripture reason to believe that Lehi's
covenant land of liberty is limited to only these (i.e. the lands of
Bountiful on the coast of
“the west sea” - Lake Erie).
“south countries”, south of Lake Erie (referred to by
the Lord in
Doctrine and Covenants 75:8,
fit the Book
A temperate climate conducive to keeping the
seasonal ordinances of the Mosaic Law, would have been the chief constraint on the extent of Lehi's inheritance.
“Then will I remember my
covenant...and I will remember the land.” (Leviticus 26:42)
To God and
Israelites, Covenant Lands Matter!
“stick of Judah”
(“ets Yehuda”, אֵץ יְהוּדָה) mentioned in the Bible
represents the covenants God made long ago with the Jewish
people. The record of these covenants resides in the
Bible. These include the promise of an
inheritance in Jerusalem and her environs. The Book of
Mormon contains the record of God's dealings with a
branch of the tribes of Joseph, who were divinely led to a
country far away from the biblical Promised Land.
Genesis 50:25) God's covenants, recorded in
the Book of Mormon, are represented by
“the stick of
Joseph”, mentioned in the Bible.
clearly connects the Book of Mormon with
record of the stick of Ephraim [son of Joseph]”
(Doctrine and Covenants 27:5)
Ephraim (pronounced “Efrayim”,
Bible likens the separation of Joseph's posterity, to fruitful branches extending
beyond a barrier. (Genesis 49:22)
Latter-day Saints interpret this
“wall” to mean the Ocean.
Inheriting the rights of the firstborn
1 Chronicles 5:1-2),
the descendants of Ephraim are entitled to double portions,
including lands of inheritance.
One of Ephraim's inheritances is in
the land of Israel, but, where is there another Promised
Land given to Joseph’s posterity? We learn the general
whereabouts of this other covenant land from LDS scripture
and statements made by the Prophet Joseph Smith. We learn of Israelites who were led out of
by the prophet Lehi, a contemporary of Jeremiah and Ezekiel.
Lehi’s company included descendants of Joseph’s sons
Manasseh and Ephraim.
(1 Chronicles 9:3)
The ancestors of Lehi’s company were
among those who had humbled themselves and
united with the house of Judah
at a time when the majority of the northern tribes of Israel
perilously rebelled against the LORD.
(2 Chronicles 30:1,
stubborn wickedness, the majority of Ephraim and
northern tribes, were conquered and removed, while
remained faithful, preserving much of the biblical legacy.
2 Nephi 29:4-5)
Sadly, it came to pass that Judah too became corrupt. Lehi’s
prophecies of the destruction of Jerusalem were met with
such opposition that the LORD instructed him to flee the
doomed city, with the promise that he would be led to a land
choice above all others. To Nephi son of Lehi, the LORD
promised: “And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper,
and shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which I have
prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands.” (1 Nephi 2:20)
For many of Israel's descendants, the importance of knowing the
location of covenant lands is more than a desire to satisfy an
intellectual curiosity. The subject is not just about geography or a
need to tie scriptural sagas with accurate settings and genuine
maps. It is about covenant inheritances and heritage. It is about
blessings, responsibilities and penalties associated with lands of
promise and posterity. To the Israelite mind, identifying, the
God of the land, the covenant people and the covenant land
is paramount. These, of course, are topics that the Book of
Mormon is keen to address repeatedly. Needless to say, the God
of Jacob would not leave his ancient covenant people without ways of
identifying the general locations of their lands of promise. We
might expect scripture to contain vital keys.
So where is the
Promised Land of the Book of Mormon? Both the Prophet
Joseph and LDS scripture describe a land choice above all others, a
land of liberty, a land and people delivered, prospered and lifted
up by the power God above all other nations. In Nephi's own
prophetic words to his brethren - after arriving in the Promised
Land: “ ...the
Lord God will raise up a mighty nation among the Gentiles, yea, even
upon the face of this land ...” (1 Nephi 22:7)
Additionally the Book of Mormon mentions particular kinds of
animals, the climate, forests, great works of earth and timber,
large bodies of water and many other details indicative of its true
American setting. The following segments distinguish between the
best sources and sources that are dubious at best. There is really a
preponderance of evidence available identifying Joseph’s choicest
inheritance - in a land occupied by a mighty nation “above all other
(1 Nephi 13:30)
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Among the very best sources are the scriptures and
statements by Joseph Smith
About So Much More Than Geography!
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