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You are here: Greater Things > Book of Mormon Resources > Erickson: Geography

May 21, 2002 Meeting Handout:
(Please read prior to the presentation)

Understanding the Geography of the Book of Mormon

 

This information has originated by K. Duane Erickson who takes full responsibility and is offered by the BMS (Book of Mormon Students) Foundation, Inc. unaffiliated with any other organization. (exclusive concept, property and copyrights beginning August 1978, concept shared with Dr. Paul Cheesman of BYU with first printing April 3, 1991 at the request of Dr. John L. Sorenson of F.A.R.M.S. at Brigham Young University by K. Duane Erickson)

There are five (5) major movements on the Promised Land listed in the Book of Mormon after the arrival on or about 589 BC. pp. 43, 1 Nephi 18:23

Prior to the arrival on the Promised Land both Lehi and Nephi received visions which positively identify the United States of America, in our day, as the Promised Land; identified by and through the fulfillment of the future happenings which have now taken place on this land.

A few easy ones to identify out of over 100 are as follows:

bullet1 Nephi 13:12 1492 A Gentile (Columbus), prompted by the spirit of Christ separates himself from his people, and crosses the waters to meet Lehi's seed.
bullet1 Nephi 13:13 1620 Religious persecuted and captivity Pilgrims arrive at Plymouth Rock, USA
bullet1 Nephi 13:15 New American Gentiles prosper and obtain the land. They are a white people of the house of Ephraim (The record keepers).
bullet1 Nephi 13:16 New American Gentiles come because of captivity, and humble themselves before the Lord, and the power of the Lord is with them.
bullet1 Nephi 13:17-19 1776 War with mother Gentiles (England): power of Lord brings independence.
bullet1 Nephi 13:19 USA Gentiles delivered by the power of God from the hands of all other nations, Spain-Mexico, France, Germany, Japan, etc.
bullet1 Nephi 13:20-29 Holy Bible changed and brought to USA, many stumble.
bullet1 Nephi 13:30 USA Gentiles lifted up above all other nations, choice above all other people.
bullet1 Nephi 13:31 USA Gentiles do not utterly destroy the Indians (Lehi and Mulek’s Seed).
bullet1 Nephi 13:32 USA Gentiles will not forever remain in religious blindness and be held back (About to happen)
bullet1 Nephi 13:33 Mercy unto Gentiles, unto remnant of the house of Israel (Seed of Jacob).
bullet1 Nephi 13:34 1830 Lord brings forth in USA much of his gospel which is plain and precious, The Book of Mormon.
bullet1 Nephi 13:35 421 AD Indian forefathers hide up records, which comes forth by USA Gentiles.
bullet1 Nephi 13:36-42 Records assist in establishing the true Gospel of the Lamb, and goes forth to every kindred, tongue, and people throughout the world from this Promised Land.

To Further verify the above:

2 Nephi 10:11 This Promised Land, of which the records of the Lamb of God are brought forth, becomes a LAND OF LIBERTY UNTO THE GENTILES.

MOVEMENTS ON THE PROMISED LAND:

589 BC Landing on the Western coast of the land which becomes the only land of Liberty, 1 Nephi 18:23. No confusion between Lehi and Nephi as to the land they have landed upon being the future land of liberty unto us, the Gentiles. They both had been shown the land, plus God guided them.

588-570 BC Movement from the coastal Land of Lehi into the land which becomes the Land Nephi: (1-19 yrs. after landing), 2 Nephi 5:7-8

Lehi dies, Nephi leads his followers into a land of higher elevation, a land abundant in a variety of minerals, all of which combined are only available in the intermountain area of the Western United States.

During this time the Mulekites land on an opposite side of the same land and live undiscovered for 310 to 459 years. The same land of which the final battle of the Jaredites had taken place. In fact they meet Coriantumr. They multiplied, warred and covered a land from the coast inland to just beyond the Mississippi River. It is at that west edge of that population that Mosiah discovers the Mulekite people.

279-130 BC Movement from the Land Nephi into the Land Zarahemla (Eastern USA): (310-459 yrs. after landing) Omni 1-13.

Under the guidance of the Lord, Mosiah and his followers go DOWN (down drainage from the land of Nephi west if the river Sidon or Mississippi River) to discover the Mulekite people (Jews).

331-345 AD Movement from Zarahemla North into Bountiful (Michigan): (916 yrs. from landing) Mormon 2:16-17.

Mormon as a child was brought from his homeland, the land of Bountiful by his father south even into the land of Zarahemla. At age 16 Mormon becomes a leader of the army which retreats northward from Zarahemla, through a narrow pass identified earlier in the history, between two seas (todays Lake Michigan & Lake Erie). The water level at about 200 feet deeper would have created only four seas.

362 AD Movement into the Land Desolation (Canada): (951 yrs. after landing) Mormon 3:5

From the Land Bountiful, Mormon and his people escape northward again through a Narrow Pass into a land northward which is desolate of timber from a previous inhabitance (Jaradites, the Land Desolation.

385 AD Movement into the Land of Cumorah (upstate New York): (974 yrs. from landing) Mormon 5:2.

Being attack both from the North and South, Mormon through an epistle to the Lamanite king moves his people Eastward into the land Cumorah, to a hill called Cumorah. This is the same hill called Ramah in the Jaradite history where the Jaradite people were destroyed in their final battle. Corantmur survives to meet the Mulekite people and lives nine moons. (Jaradites and Nephites are destroyed at the same place)

Tens of thousands of identifying ruins, mounds, artifacts and records recorded in Hebrew and several other languages on clay, slate and brass tablets remain from the previous inhabitants of the United States, mostly East of the Rocky Mountains, many dating up to about 4000 years ago.

According to the Book of Mormon, prior to the crucifixion the layers of the land had not been broken up. At the crucifixion, the layers were broken up for the purpose of destroying the more wicked people. As a result, the Rocky Mountains and all other mountains on the earth of the same age were raised. The wicked along with their ruins and artifacts were destroyed at the upheaval of the earth, and the subsequent raising of Lake Bonnieville, which covered a good portion of the western states also destroyed any evidence of a previous people. It is plain to see that shortly after Lake Bonnieville reached its highest point, a southern portion of the bowl, which no longer exists today, gave way. From the patterns left on the earth, it is easy to see that a massive flow of water went south to form the Sea of Cortez. (Observation and theories are the exclusive copyrights 1/2000 of K. Duane Erickson)

The mystery of the Promised Land evading the prophets, seers, revelators, and professors as well as the multitude of Book of Mormon readers since the Gold Record came forth is truly a mystery.

Likewise, the truths concerning the breaking up of the levels of the earth at 34 AD, the rising of the Rocky Mountains, and creation and emptying of Lake Bonnieville have evaded the professors and geologist of the world is truly another great mystery.

The Book of Mormon states that it was given to us, the readers, so we could understand the mysteries. Mosiah 1:5 The Book of Mormon also teaches that it is by placing our trust in flesh, instead of our Father and his spirit that mysteries remain mysteries, but that is to change.

K. Duane Erickson

A more detailed booklet with photos of artifacts with seventeen each 8 1/2 x 11 inch maps depicting the movements across the Promised Land along with chapter, verse and pages is available for a donation of $15.00 ($2.00 S&H) to the BMS Foundation, Inc. PO Box 2345, Evanston, WY 82931 307 789-1285 or email: psiusa@aros.net

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