For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Book of Mormon is the cornerstone of their religion. Although knowing where Book of Mormon events took place is not essential for a testimony, knowing where the Land Bountiful was may help bring 3 Nephi alive and can even strengthen a testimony.
For decades Latter-day Saint archeologists, researchers and historians have searched for evidence of Book of Mormon lands. Long before formally organized and well-funded groups began their search, Joseph Smith taught that the events found in the Book of Mormon took place in North America. In her personal history his mother Lucy Mack Smith recorded that Joseph often entertained his family with “amusing recitals” of the early inhabitants of North America. He described their wars, their weapons, their clothing, and their lands. He saw their day and knew them and their lands.
The land directly across the river from Nauvoo was called, by command of the Lord, Zarahemla. (Doctrine and Covenants 125:3) Joseph knew this was not “New Zarahemla”, but was the Zarahemla from the Book of Mormon.
When the Lord commanded Joseph to send missionaries into the “borders of the Lamanites”, he identified that land as Missouri in North America. (Doctrine and Covenants 54:8) *
JosephKnew.com will present historical records, prophetic statements, and early and current research surrounding the Book of Mormon in North America. We will present the facts so you can draw your own conclusions.
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* For more information about early “Lamanite Missions” listen to this episode of Past Impressions on the Mormon Channel.