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Book of Mormon

 Promised Land

"CHOICE ABOVE ALL OTHER LANDS"

The Genuine Setting for the Book of Mormon

 

Art of Herb Roe, depicting a native North American earthwork complex

"Mound-Builder" Genre Textual Analysis

  

WALK the WALK!

 

How 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 Bible?

 

With nothing more than the Bible, and the location of mount Moriah, we can deduce that the Mediterranean has to be “the great sea westward” neighboring the lands of Israel and Judah.

With nothing more than the Book of Mormon, and the location of  Cumorah, we can deduce that Great Lake Erie has to be the “west sea” bordering Nephite and Lamanite lands!

 

Olive's Near Cumorah Setting by Deduction and Best Fit

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Ethan Smith and the Authentic Literary Setting for the Book of Mormon

 

How to Make Nephite Cement

 

  Lies - Darned Lies and Statistics

 

Joseph Smith, Josiah Priest and the Times and Seasons

  

Ohio Decalogue Hoax  

Ohio Decalogue Stone

  

A Book of Mormon Place Name Found in the Eastern United States

  

The Title of Liberty Restored in Pre-exilic Hebrew  

The Title of Liberty

  

What Many Cannot Tell, Modern Demographics Can!  

 

Nearly NAKED WARRIORS in winter?  

 

Resolving the "six hundred years" Problem of the Book of Mormon

 

Tour Guide Spin

  

"Manti" in MO

 

Make Your Own Pilgrimage

  

Where was Eden?  Where is the Garden of God?

 

"Heartland as Hinterland" - Nice Try!

  

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 place." (Mormon Times feature on filmmaker Kieth Merrill)

 

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Land Northward (An excellent fit recognized by author Phyllis Carol Olive)

"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 south to the sea north, from the sea west to the 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, Ether 2:7) The expression “the whole earth” doesn't necessarily mean global or planet-wide. In ancient scripture, "the whole earth"  can simply mean the full extent of a local land or region. (Exodus 10:14-15, Alma 38:7) The Book of Mormon's "sea south", "sea north", "sea west", "sea east", 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 "the and northward". In other words, from a location in "the land northward", "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 "sea east" etc.  (Alma 22:27)

The Book of Mormon "west sea" and "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 in "the land southward". (Alma 50:8) The "west sea" and "east sea" also name inland bodies of water in the directions of sunrise and sunset relative to Old World Jerusalem. (Joel 2:20)

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, Zarahemla, and Nephi. These covenant lands reside within the borders of the prophetic United States of America! (Alma 46:17) A distant land northward, surrounded by seas in each of the cardinal directions matches perfectly Ontario Canada.

A Choice Land

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An Ancient Covenant Land of Liberty in the United States of America (Alma 46:17)

“And now, 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 were 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 could mistake one region for the other. (Mosiah 8:7-8; 21:25-26, Ether 9:3; 15:8-11) This simple fact makes many proposed "Book of Mormon" maps impossible!

Though the principal lands named in the Book of Mormon are comparable in size to the biblical land of Israel, there is no indication in LDS scripture that Lehi's covenant land of liberty was limited to these (the lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, Bountiful, on the coast of "the west sea" - Lake Erie). (Helaman 6:10, Ether 13:4-8) The "south countries", south of Lake Erie, referred to by the Lord in Doctrine and Covenants 75:8, 17, are likely one and the same as the Book of Mormon "south countries". (Mormon 6:15, 8:2) A temperate climate conducive to keeping the seasonal ordinances of the Mosaic Law, would have been the main 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!

The "stick of Judah" ("ets Yehuda", אֵץ יְהוּדָה) mentioned in the Bible (Ezekiel 37:15-22) 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. (JST Genesis 50:25) God's covenants, recorded in the Book of Mormon, are represented by "the stick of Joseph", mentioned in the Bible.

LDS scripture clearly connects the Book of Mormon with “the record of the stick of Ephraim [son of Joseph]” (Doctrine and Covenants 27:5) Ephraim (pronounced “Efrayim”, אֶפְרָיִם) means double fruit. The Bible likens the separation of Joseph's posterity, to fruitful branches  extending beyond a barrier. (Genesis 49:22) Latter-day Saints interpret this barrier or "wall" to mean the Ocean.

Inheriting the rights of the firstborn (Genesis 48:3-5, 18-20) , the descendants of Ephraim are entitled to double portions, including lands of inheritance. (Deuteronomy 21:17; 33:13-17, Jeremiah 31:8-9, 16-21, Genesis 49:26, Isaiah 61:6-7) 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 Jerusalem by the prophet Lehi, a contemporary of Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Lehi’s company included descendants of Joseph’s sons Manasseh and Ephraim. 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, 10-12) For their stubborn wickedness, the majority of Ephraim and other northern tribes, were conquered and removed, while Judah remained faithful, preserving much of the biblical legacy. (1 Nephi 13:25; 22:4, 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 nations”.
(1 Nephi 13:30 )


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     THE BEST SOURCES!

 

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 statements by Joseph Smith

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