Book of Mormon Geography

A Branch of The House of Israel & Their Lands

The family of Lehi landed in the Northern South America / Southern Central America area. When Nephi separated from his brethren, he took his people to the North. When at the time Zeniff came among them, he took a group of Nephites Southward from Zerahemla, to live in a place once inhabited by the people of Nephi, which was then inhabited by the Lamanites. The Lamanites let them have the land, only to later subject them into bondage, for use of their agricultural increase.

At a later time, these people were under a new king Limhi, who sent out some of his people to find the land of Zarahemla, that they might receive help in becoming made free.

They went North, and passed by, missing the land of Zarahemla, instead finding many great waters, which were part of the landscape, before the face of the land was changed at the death of our Savior on the Eastern hemisphere.

They also found remains of a vast civilization. A people who were named by Moroni, the second person to abridge The Book of Mormon after his father Mormon, as the Jaredites. They had come out from Babylon, at the time the Lord had confounded the languages at the tower therein.

These people had been destroyed, and their records had been kept by their kings and prophets over the years. This group of seekers sent out by king Limhi, at not finding Zarahemla, brought back with them 24 metal plates, upon which was recorded the Jaredite history.

Moroni abridged this people’s record, now known in The Book of Mormon as the Book of Ether, who was their last prophet, who also witnessed their entire destruction.

Their records were taken by this group, brought before king Limhi, then before Ammon, who had come out of Zarahemla to find these people whom Zeniff originally brought out of the land, and then to king Mosiah of Zarahemla, who translated them through the gift and power of God as a seer.

Shane

Clarity, a Clarion Call

The Message That Saves

The scriptures teach explicitly what it takes to stand solid on unshifting ground. To be built upon the rock of Christ, and not fall when the devil and his kingdom falls.

The Book of Mormon is especially clear when it outlines the foibles and problems of our day, and then affirms the only way to safely guide us home.

What I find most interesting, is how clearly it defines the state and conditions of the world now, as it was written for our day by prophets who foresaw our time, and were specifically called to minister to us through word and deed.

As this book of scripture only goes to strengthen the testimony of the Bible, and helps clarify some of its teachings commonly misunderstood, because of changes made in re-transcribing and alteration, its worth should be considered as a necessary providence of God.

Not only does it outline truth, but it also testifies that the true church which Christ originally established, has again been brought forth and established in our day. Not a reformation, but a restoration.

In 1820, a young farm boy at the age of 14, was called to restore the church of Jesus Christ, through the means of asking a question in prayer, about a problem he was facing with the different types of religions in his day. This prompting to pray came from reading a verse from the Holy Bible. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.” (James 1:6)

In answer to his prayer, he had the heavenly visitation in a grove of trees near his small  family farm home, of Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

They told him many things, and that God had a work for him to do. Later, an angel was sent from God, coming by his bedside, and told him about an ancient record, which was written by prophets over the course of about 1,000 years. It was buried in a hillside, not a far distance from his homestead.

This record was then translated by this young man, by the means of heavenly aid and power, into English. Eventually through this young man, the Lord restored His church, giving him revelations on how His church should be set up and established, calling him to be the church’s first prophet in 1830.

As part of Christ’s church’s restoration, the priesthood authority was restored, which authorizes the use of the saving ordinances, such as baptism and the receiving of the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

Just as the Lord authorized His servants the prophets and apostles, to speak and have it recorded in holy writ through scriptures, today, every 6 months the Lord speaks to His people by holding a general conference, in which we hear from inspired prophets, apostles and other men and women leaders, and we have their words written and recorded and shared before the world to have use therefrom.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is again upon the earth today, and is acceptable of Him who is the head thereof, and yes, He will manifest the truth of this work unto you, through the power of His Holy Spirit.

For anyone who asks in sincere faith, with real intent, wanting to know the truth may know. Consider this verse from The Book of Mormon below:

3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things (meaning The Book of Mormon), if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.

4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. Mormon 10:3-5

The work of the Lord is at work among us, here, now, and you can be a part of it. I would ask of you, as does Moroni, the prophet who made the above request and promise, that you look into this church of Christ, namely, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Here are two links to look at to start in your search for the truth of these things.

The church’s official website:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

And the church’s official site about meeting with members of the church:

Come Unto Christ

Thank you and God bless!

Shane

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