The Prophet Joseph Smith (b. 1805) translated the Gold Plates and published the Book of Mormon in New York State in 1830.
D&C 93:53 – “It is my will that you should hasten to translate my scriptures, and to obtain a knowledge of history, and of countries, and of kingdoms, of laws of God and man, and all this for the salvation of Zion. . .”
John Lloyd Stephens (b. 1805) a New York Lawyer, became the first explorer in Central America, traveling with artist Frederick Catherwood. Stephen’s published four books in New York in 1840. Joseph Smith read them in 1840. As Editor of the “Times and Seasons” in Nauvoo, Illinois, Joseph Smith wrote an editorial on October 1, 1842 about the explorations of Stephens in Mesoamerica in which he stated, “The city of Zarahemla was built upon this land.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf (Right) 11 Dec.2011-Dedication of Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple: “Our hearts are filled with gratitude for Thy remembrance of the sons & daughters of Lehi.”
TEOTIHUACAN, MEXICO near Mexico City (Helaman 3:3-4 & 3 Nephi 19: 5-6 And behold, the multitude was so great that they did cause that they should be separated into twelve bodies. And the twelve did teach the multitude. 34 A.D. Teotihuacan’s “Citadel of Quetzalcoatl” (model). 3 Pyramids are on the East side of the Plaza, with 12 Pyramids (4 x 3) on the other three sides. This was constructed primarily in the century of Jesus Christ’s life. Video (below) shows the Citadel of Quetzalcoatl where 50,000 relics have been found under the main eastern pyramids, including objects used by today’s Maya’s in their sacred ceremonies.
Teotihuacan, Mexico (Main occupation =first half of the 1st Century AD – Wikipedia.org) Temple of the Moon & Temple of the Sun. It was constructed with Babylonian & Egyptian cubits & astronomical orientations to nearby mountains for the sacred Maya 260-Day Calendar (similar in concept to Izapa’s earlier construction). (1st Century BC – 550 AD; Helaman 3: 3 -4 migrations to the land northward “large bodies of water” 46 BC).
D&C 88:78-79 “Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly. . .of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, . . .and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms.”
Mesoamerica, where the land is dotted with many pyramids and Temple Centers that date from Jaredite times (1500 BC) and Nephite times (600 BC).
Izapa, So. Mexico (ca. 1500 BC-1000 AD), the birthplace of the sacred 260-Day Maya Calendar. This Temple was constructed with the Babylonian and Egyptian cubits with all it’s pyramids, mounds and monuments oriented to the eastern mountains on cycles of the sun, moon, stars and planets.
Palenque, Mexico (226 BC-800 AD). This temple was constructed with the Babylonian and Egyptian cubits with astronomical orientations.
Tikal, Guatemala (350 BC-1200 AD). This Temple was constructed also with the Babylonian and Egyptian cubits with astronomical orientations.
Chichen Itza, Yucatan Peninsula (200-800 AD)- El Castillo pyramid April 6 = full 9 triangles visible (see Chichen Itza page).
Archaeological studies of the antiquities and cultures of Mesoamerica, plus trade and migration routes, relate to the writings of the Prophet Mormon. The Jaredites correlate with the Olmecs times of 1,500 BC to 500 BC of Mesoamerica. The Nephites correlate with the Izapan and Mayan times of 600 BC to 400 AD. The influences from these major civilizations were carried via land and shipping (Helaman 3:10, 14) into North and South America where smaller settlements were constructed using the same Babylonian and Egyptian cubits and astronomical orientations to measure the sacred 260-Day Calendar.
Archaeology can verify and illustrate the history of religion as has been shown in Jerusalem and Israel. The Book of Mormon map of is supported by studies of the antiquities of Mesoamerica as well as North and South America. Mormon wrote of the lands of the Lamanite mission in Alma 22:27-34 to reveal the land of his story for future readers and missionaries. He then placed the miraculous conversion of the Lamanite king to Jesus Christ within the context of the description of the land where the king wanted Missionaries to teach the Gospel. The detailed description of the mountain range “wilderness” border region between the Land of Nephi and the Land of Zarahemla (Alma 22:27) was inserted also to guide missionaries in our day to return to his people to teach them the Gospel.