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Criteria for Book of Mormon Lands and People
|A Narrow Neck of land and 4 seas (east, west, north, and south)|
|A major river running south to north from a narrow strip of wilderness|
|A high civilization with cities, kings, artisans, military, and priests|
|An agricultural base large enough to support several millions of people|
|A highly literate (written language) society with scribes as important officers|
|Functional calendar and dating systems|
|A merchant class using weights and measures|
|Engineers to build houses, temples, towers, and highways using cement|
|Highly skilled craftsmen working with precious metals and stonework|
|A warrior society involved in large battles using trained soldiers and sophisticated fortifications|
|Legends of a white, bearded God|
(2) no mountainous strip of wilderness that can hide Gadianton robbers, defend against Lamanites and serve as military dividing line for Captain Moroni (Alma 22:33-34,50:11).
(3) very little gold and silver east of the Mississippi.
(4) no evidence of cement buildings anywhere in eastern U.S. or Canada, archaeologists have determined that the vast majority of discovered archaeological sites dating to the time period of the Book of Mormon are located in Mesoamerica.
(5) no evidence that Adena and Hopewell co-existed for 250 years We make a grave mistake in trying to piece together the historical puzzle of the Book of Mormon if we ignore the traditional history of Mesoamerica.
(6) Adena and Hopewell were not true civilizations, but were small, loosely knit, family related units with no evidence of a written language. The area in and around the Isthmus of Tehuantepec constituted the embryo for both the calendar system and the written language of the Americas. This fact alone virtually eliminates any other geographical area from being considered as “lands of the Book of Mormon."
(7) So-called DNA "Proofs" use unsubstantiated theories.
(8) Joseph Smith did not receive revelation where Book of Mormon lands were located, but his last statements about Book of Mormon geography point us to Mesoamerica (click here to see what Joseph Smith said about Mesoamerica).
(9) Columbus was directed to "the promised land," yet he never visited North America.
For more information click here and browse through the articles in section 11 "The Heartland Model."