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"A Mark That Satan Cannot Give": Insights From The Journal of Wilford Woodruff

After watching the most recent YSA broadcast with President Nelson and Sister Nelsin, I realized that I read alot of philosophy, maybe too much; it's fun. But I would trade every Han and Greek from antiquity for a few talks from President Nelson. Nothing hits me harder, challenges me more or inspires me to be better like the words of a living prophet. I haven't always felt this way but better late than never, right?

I'm also reminded of an episode from Wilford Woodruff's journal, a selection from which that I first read at Ether's Cave. Woodruff wrote the following:

"I had an interview with Sister Eliza Bromley during the afternoon, & she related to me the following vision which she had on the 8th inst: At one oclock at noon there came a deep sleep upon me & I slept one hour. I was awoke with a hand touching me. I looked around me & saw one s a personage standing by the side of me clothed in linen.

His face had the appearance of much meekness lov…

The Mosiah Migration and Kaminaljuyu

Omni 1:12(about 225 B.C.) 
 Behold, I am Amaleki, the son of Abinadom. Behold, I will speak unto you somewhat concerning Mosiah, who was made king over the land of Zarahemla; for behold, he being warned of the Lord that he should flee out of the land of Nephi, and as many as would hearken unto the voice of the Lord should also depart out of the land with him, into the wilderness.

Sorenson and Gardner locate the land of Nephi in or around the vicinity of Kaminaljuyu. If they are right, then Mosiah I's exodus was actually part of a bigger movement of people from that area.

"Archaeologist Marion Hatch and her Guatemalan colleagues have encountered evidence for the existence of a now-extinct lake around which the earthen platforms of Kaminaljuyu were arranged, as well as a sophisticated system of intensive agriculture. Connected with the lake were various irrigation canals, one of which carried water to an artificial storage basin 52.5ft(16m)wide and 36ft(11m) deep; leading from the…

The Helaman Migration and the Mixe-Zoqueans of Central Mexico

Disclaimer: The following does not represent much original thinking of my own nor does it "prove" Joseph Smith Jr. was a Prophet of God. Checkout Brant Gardner's work; it's my main source for this and other posts.

 In Helaman 3, we read the description of a group of people who, in 50 BC, migrated to a land that:
1)is an "exceedingly great distance" northward of Nephite lands
2)a land of "large bodies of water and many rivers"
3)a place where people are expert in the use of cement.
4)a place that underwent deforestation.
5)a place which had people who hailed from south of the isthmus, Nephites and Ammonites.
6)and whose inhabitants "began to cover the face of the whole earth".

 From about 200 AD to 600 AD the only area in the Americas that possibly matches these six criteria is the city of Teotihuacan. Teotihuacan is:

1)northward from the central depression of Chiapas.
2)is in the Teotihucan Valley, a side pocket of the Valley of Mexico.…

Once Again: Anachronistic Animals in the Book of Mormon

The following post is a redaction of a History Channel article.

On day in 1493, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, sailing near the Dominican Republic, saw three “mermaids”–in reality manatees–and describes them as “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” Six months earlier, Columbus (1451-1506) set off from Spain across the Atlantic Ocean with the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, hoping to find a western trade route to Asia. Instead, his voyage, the first of four he would make, led him to the Americas, or “New World.”

Mermaid sightings by sailors, when they weren’t made up, were most likely manatees, dugongs or Steller’s sea cows (which became extinct by the 1760s due to over-hunting). Manatees are slow-moving aquatic mammals with human-like eyes, bulbous faces and paddle-like tails. It is likely that manatees evolved from an ancestor they share with the elephant. The three species of manatee (West Indian, West African and Amazonian) and one species of dugong belong to the Sireni…

The Book of Mormon as History: Assassination and Reconquest

The Book of Helaman has a cycle of events, not seen anywhere else in the Book of Mormon. After a reconquest of lands and cities, in the Book of Alma, Pahoran dies and his son, Pahoran II is chosen to fill the judgement seat.

Paanchi, and his supporters, are upset by the fact Pahoran II is governor and not Pannchi, so they lead a near rebellion but Paanchi is killed before this can happen. Why the attempt at rebellion? Why the dismay with Pahoran II's enthronement? Pahoran II is then assasinated by Paanchi's supporters. His successor isn't assasinated but instead has to deal with a, Mulekite led, Lamanite invasion.

This is followed by another reconquest and the next chief judge has to deal with another (attempted) assasination. His successor doesn't have to deal with assasins either but he does have to deal with yet another, Nephite led, Lamanite invasion. Again, the Nephites reconquer their lands and the next chief judge is assasinated. After an immediate assasination …

Book of Mormon Map

So, today I got really bored and made a Book of Mormon map, during my lunch break. Don't judge me; I am not what I have done.
Two other things the Lehite lands require, besides the right shape:
Hot nights during winter(Alma 51:33-37). Volcanoes(3 Nephi 8 and Pompei).