Dueling theories » Faithful at odds over where events may have taken place.
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE -- 03/25/2010
Rod Meldrum and Bruce H. Porter in the past three years, suggests that Book of Mormon events took place in the heartland of the United States, east of the Mississippi River from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. They have popularized the idea at firesides and conferences, on tours of the Midwest and in DVD sets and books…
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints long has held that God has NOT revealed Book of Mormon geography.
The church has (which proves they receive no revelation) NO official position on where, in the Americas, the civilizations of the Nephites and Jaredites lived and died out centuries ago…For scholars to cling to a Mesoamerican model, Porter says, they (Church Leaders) Must Disregard what the church's founding prophet (Joseph Smith) said.
"Most of the people fighting it are people who have something to lose financially or by reputation," Porter says. "I feel for them. ... How would it be when you've spent your life trying to prove The Book of Mormon location ... if someone came along and said you'd ignored the statements of Joseph Smith." Not only does that assertion anger critics, who say it unfairly casts them (Today’s Church Leaders) as apostate…
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.