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The Scriptural Basis for the Heartland Model
The Scriptural Basis for the Heartland Model
 Many proposed Book of Mormon geography theories were originated using a method proposed by Dr. John Sorenson and others who taught that the first step was to create a hypothetical or “internal” map using the 500+ geography related passages.  This has lead to more than 150 different proposed geographies.  The book was not written for its geography, but for its prophecies... [ read more ]
Rediscovering the Book of Mormon Remnant through DNA
The Smoking Gun of Book of Mormon Geography
Where did the idea that the Book of Mormon occurred in central America originate?  What historical evidence from Joseph Smith...
Did Joseph Smith Identify Zarahemla in Guatemala?
 Dr. John L. Lund, has released a historically incorrect and misleading article published Feb. 29, 2012. Lund's piece, Joseph...
Firm Foundation Expo - April 7, 8 & 9, Orem, Utah
Sep. 23, 2015
Is there evidence for the Book of Mormon?
Mar. 17, 2015


"Is there evidence for the Book of Mormon?"

Millions have asked this question because the Book of Mormon is foundational to the Mormon faith - more accurately known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Many have wondered what evidence has been found in its support, as the book asserts to be a record of ancient peoples that came by ship from the Old World region of Israel to the America's where they developed into large and highly advanced civilizations with written language, walled cities, extensive roads, metal working, agriculture and a multitude of other sophisticated capabilities.

Claims have been made that there is no evidence to support its historical authenticity - or historicity.  This website is devoted to providing numerous ARTICLES, VIDEOS and other educational opportunities that demonstrate through archaeology, genetics, linguistics and many other fields that not only is there profound physical evidence for the validity of this ancient historical record, but that this evidence leads to further understandings of where this history actually took place, the role of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the importance of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Articles Index HERE - Video Gallery HERE

Some students of the Book of Mormon have speculated that the record is a history of the ancient peoples of Central or South America notwithstanding the fact that their record was recovered from a stone box in a hill near Palmyra, New York, USA and Church leaders have maintained for over 100 years that this was the location of that hill called "Cumorah." (see Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation article HERE)  Others have proposed the Great Lakes region of North America to be its lands. Robust new research, based on a multi-disciplinary approach, is now providing overwhelming evidence that this history is a record of Native American peoples who lived in what is today the Heartland of the United States on the continent of North America.  This research begs the question, "Did the Book of Mormon take place in America’s Heartland?

For those of the Mormon faith, the "Heartland" of what is now the United States of America has always been a special, even sacred, location; from the Garden of Eden (OT Genesis 2:15, OT Genesis 3:23-24PoGP Moses 6:17 ) and Adam-ondi-Ahman (see D&C 107:53, D&C 116:1) ; to the restoration of the gospel (see D&C Introduction, D&C 20:1, Joseph Smith - History)  and the building of the New Jerusalem (NT Revelation 21:2, BoM Ether 13:2-6, 3 Nephi 20:22, D&C 84:1-4, D&C 45:64-67, PoGP Moses 7:62) – the Heartland of North America has been the setting for sacred events throughout human history. 

New research based in part on 36 prophecies contained within the Book of Mormon (see VIDEO GALLERY # 1-10) and historically verified writings and statements of the Church's founding Prophet, Joseph Smith (see VIDEO GALLERY 11-15 and/or read article HERE), in combination with physical evidences from DNA/genetics (download entire DNA book HERE, or watch Dr. Donald Yates of DNA Testing Systems HERE), archaeology, anthropology, metallurgy, linguistics, horticulture, climate indicators, ocean currents and voyage routes, geography, astronomy, calendaring and symbology, point to the very real probability that the people and places of the Book of Mormon were primarily in the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys of what is today the United States of America.   

Secular evidence continues to mount that the Book of Mormon may have occurred in the Heartland of North America.   This new research is offering unprecedented evidence of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Interestingly, much of this evidence is coming from non-Mormon secular sources, which is one of the many reasons why this research is so powerful and compelling. 

Below are links to articles and websites exploring what is now being called “The Heartland Model Geography” for the Book of Mormon. For further information you can access our VIDEO GALLERY, our ARCHIVED NEWSLETTERS or attend one of our many EVENTS across the country and around the world. To keep up with current research and events, sign up for our free newsletters HERE.  

Articles (click to access)
The Scriptural Basis for the Book of Mormon Heartland Model Geography

ReDiscovering the Book of Mormon Remnant Through DNA - Entire Book Download - FREE

Nephite Observance of the Law of Moses: Evidence from America's Heartland

Hebrew Written Language CONFIRMED in Hopewell Mound in Tennessee!

The Mississippi; Could it have been River Sidon?

Lehi's Ocean Voyage Demonstrated; The Phoenicia Expedition

Podcast by LDS Liberty (listen to the interview!)

Best Evidence for the Book of Mormon by Allen Rock Waterman

Review of Prophecies & Promises by Jake Freeman of Telemoonfa Time

Heartland Model Declared a "Movement" by University of Chicago

In Defense of the Gospel and the Heartland Model
Mar. 17, 2015

 For several years the Heartland Model Geography for the Book of Mormon, as it is now being officially recognized, has endured relentless criticism from individuals and organizations promoting Mesoamerica as its setting. They have done so in a concerted effort to discourage members of the Church and others from reviewing this research for themselves, knowing that the vast majority of those who objectively review the research feel that this geography model "just makes more sense."  Unfortunately, these articles are often misleading, incorrect and/or uninformed about the Heartland Book of Mormon geography model. For the purpose of clarifying and addressing these articles, we offer a few responses to our critics.

We appreciate the time and effort taken by others to help us improve our research, but personal attacks questioning the character, motives and intelligence of other faithful members of the Church are unwarranted, contentious and unChrist-like. Our goal in addressing a few of these critics is to demonstrate that the Heartland Model has the ability to answer many questions in the defense the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon as never before. This is not to say that the Heartland model has answers to every question, rather we feel that it offers cogent, straight-forward answers to many previously unanswered or unanswerable questions.

We hope you find the articles helpful in determining for yourself the strengths of differing thoughts and ideas regarding Book of Mormon geography. No matter "where" it happened, we testify "that" it happened...that it is a genuine ancient history of real people, places and things. Enjoy the journey!

   Articles (click to access)

Did Joseph Smith Identify Zarahemla in Guatemala?

BYU's Maxwell Institute Fires Heartland Model Critics

Response to FARMS Review Article, Gregory L. Smith

Nephite Observance of the Law of Moses: Lack of Evidence in Mesoamerica

Reply to Jay Osmond’s “Friendly Critic”

Reply to a Misleading New Years Article

Reply to Meridian Magazine article, Mesoamerican or Heartland Model: Only One Right?

LDS Freedom Forum; Rod Meldrum Defends Book of Mormon; The Packham Debate

LDS Freedom Forum: Book of Mormon Setting in North America Blog

Interview at Manti Pageant with Aaron Shafovaloff of Mormon Research Ministry

Reply to Deseret News article, Pros, Cons of Book of Mormon Geography Theories

LDS Freedom Forum blog; DNA Evidence for Book of Mormon Geography

Is Izapa Stella #5 the Story of Lehi's Dream?  An Improved Interpretation Suggests it is Not

Book of Mormon Evidence BLOG!
Oct. 20, 2008

Visit the Book of Mormon Evidences BLOG and post your comments, thoughts and feelings about this research!  Some older threads are dealing with the response from a Mesoamerican leaning apologetic group.  Please don't be intimidated by their attacks, but respond in a kind and Christ-like way. 

To access the blog and post your comments go to http://BookofMormonEvidenceBlog.wordpress.com/ and begin sharing your feelings on this important subject and this research project.