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Was Cuicuilco Jacobugath?

Mormon was a writer who was juggling three competing agendas: moralist, historian and poet. As a historian, he used methods which, through modern eyes, could be seen as unreliable, namely that for Mormon the reliability of a historical account was tied to the character of the record keeper:

And now it came to pass that according to our record, and we know our record to be true, for behold, it was a just man who did keep the record. - 3 Nephi 8:1

This is an irrational standard to hold for we know that bad people can keep accurate records and  good people can keep inaccurate records of the past; character is irrelevant when judging the methods of a historian. Mormon was also aware of the imperfect nature of his work:
And whoso receiveth this record, and shall not condemn it because of the imperfections which are in it, the same shall know of greater things than these. Behold, I am Moroni; and were it possible, I would make all things known unto you. -Mormon 8:12

In this post, I will argu…