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Book of Mormon Geography: An Important Note on John L. Sorenson's Model

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Anyone who has read An Ancient American Setting for The Book of Mormon, Mormon's Codex or Images of Ancient America: Visualizing Book of Mormon Life, or anything else by John L. Sorenson, will notice that he leans on the work of the New World Archaeological Foundation(NWAF). This is because he places the Nephite heartland in the central depression of Chiapas, with the River Sidon being the Grijalva River. 
For me, the convergances in cultural development and in the movements of people, between the Book of Mormon and this region of Mesoamerica, in time and space, stretching from Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas to Highland Guatemala, are impressive. 
As I'v said before, Sorenson's paradigm owes much to the NWAF, a legitimate and respected archeological franchise. Speaking of the his experience with the NWAF, non-mormon archeologist, Michael Coe says:

When I was a graduate student writing my dissertation on very early cultures in the south coast of Guatemala, it was suggested to me…

Mormon and Samabaj

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The other day, I was reading Neal Rappleye's blog post AN ANCIENT AMERICAN SETTING FOR JERUSALEM, and here are my quick thoughts:

I agree with Neal and it fascinates me that Sorenson used the Book of Mormon, in 1985, to predict that because of volcanic activity, an ancient city suddenly sunk into Lake Attitlan. In 1996 such a city was discovered, the first of it's kind to be discovered in Guatemala. Sorenson made a prediction using the Book of Mormon and archeology confirmed that prediction, in general terms. 
I also agree that the late date of destruction, 250 AD, prohibits Samabaj from being a strong candidate for Jerusalem, on the magnitude of Nehem/Nahom, but I think it still qualifies as a candidate for Jerusalem and here is why: 
Even though Samabaj sunk 250 years after the Savior's death and resurrection, by the time Mormon was writing, it had already been underwater for 150 years. So what if Mormon, or his sources, were wrong about when Jerusalem went down? Ancient hi…