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Book of Mormon Foundation (BOMF) https://www.bomf.org/ started from the apostate The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (RLDS) now calling itself The Community of Christ (CofC) with the “Restoration Branches” which split off of CofC.
On its site is the Queztal Codex: https://www.bomf.org/quetzal-codex.html , with sporadic publications (sporadic as in dates of publication). Notice the bottom two links to short articles mentioning “Mesoamerica” and complaining about the “Heartland Model” and “Rod Meldrum.”
In the one page article “Book of Mormon Geography Remains a Hot Topic,” Louise Edward Hills is mentioned as the FIRST to place the setting solely in Mesoamerica, quoting John L. Sorenson :
Hills is mentioned in more of these Queztal Codex articles.
Here is Louise Edward Hills book for your perusal: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=wu.89058377359;view=1up;seq=5
Here is Oliver Cowdery writing in Letter VII that the final battles of the Jaredites and Nephites occurred at the Hill Cumorah in New York:
Ha ha ha!
Book of Mormon Central, The Interpreter Foundation, BMAF, and the now defunct F.A.R.M.S. etc. all started by LDS Members, plagiarized a FRAUD of a geography theory from the RLDS Church. And gullible members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, bought it.
That’s why images like this with Maya imagery exist in Church buildings, and sadly in Temples. Inspired by a fraud.
On one of Book of Mormon Central’s (BMC) website it states:
“We hope our efforts help all of the religious organizations within the Restoration Movement who cherish the Book of Mormon.” https://bookofmormoncentral.org/content/donation-instructions [bold added]
What is the Restoration Movement and the religious organizations within it?
On the Hill Cumorah Expedition Team web site, it states:
“The Book of Mormon is many things to many people. To some, it is the main
purpose for the founding of a church in early 19th century America. To the
Restoration movement and all of the many factions, the Book of Mormon is the
scripture that distinguishes it from other Christian faiths.
https://www.hillcumorahexpeditionteam.com/WhatisBofMormon.html [bold added]
What is the Hill Cumorah Expedition Team?
“During the summer of 2001 several members of the Buckner Congregation of
the Community of Christ traveled to Mexico to visit ancient ruins. They were
excited to have Neil Steede as a guide and travel companion. Several sites
were visited including Palenque, Cacaxtla, Cuicuilco, Comalcalco, Cholula, and
Teotihuacan. While traveling the group took a detour and went to see Cerro
Rabon, a mountain near Jalapa de Diaz that many Book of Mormon
archaeologists have reason to believe is the Hill Cumorah where ancient
records are buried.”
Ah! This answers the question of the “religious organizations or the many factions within the Restoration Movement which cherish The Book of Mormon.”
They would include:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)
The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (RLDS)
The Community of Christ which is the new name for the RLDS Church (CofC)
Restoration Branches - RLDS congregations which broke off of the RLDS Church over women given the priesthood (now that sounds familiar!) , etc: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restoration_branches
Do you know of others?
(Now you know one of the reasons why Pres. Nelson has asked us to refer to the complete name of the Church.)
But why is Jack Welch co-founder of BMC wanting to help all of these religious organizations within the “Restoration Movement” which cherish The Book of Mormon?
Because Jack Welch and BMC is perpetuating a fraud, a Book of Mormon geography fraud.
This is why a CofC Congregation in Missouri has expeditions to Central America looking for the Hill Cumorah:
https://www.hillcumorahexpeditionteam.com/ or http://hceti.org/
Here is a book published by a member of the then RLDS Church, now CofC, Louise E. Hills, “New Light on American Archeology,” 1924, Independence, MO, Page 131.
This is a contrived, false, fraud and a hoax created by the RLDS Chruch of a Two-Cumorah Book of Mormon geography theory NOW BEING promoted by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who own and work for:
Book of Mormon Central
The Interpreter Foundation
..and others who promote the theory which places Book of Mormon geography strictly within Mesoamerica and ignore President Oliver Cowdery who wrote that it was a fact that the final Jaredite and Nephite battles occurred near the Hill Cumorah in New York. https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/history-1834-1836/90
Maybe you believe there are Two Hill Cumorahs, the original one in Central America somewhere. Why don’t you join this CofC Congregation which believes the same and help them discover the Hill Cumorah in Central America. As RLDS Louise E Hills wrote, Page 131:
1 am aware that Moroni wrote that he made his
synopsis of the Jaredite history "from the twenty and
four plates," but at what time he did this I do not know.
It may have been done before his father's death, to be
in preparation for the Lord's purpose that such
"account" of the Jaredites should be known in our time.
At least Oliver Cowdery's statement of the contents of
the box, namely, that it contained a "sketch" of the two
peoples seems to make it plain that Moroni did not place
the original Jaredite record in the New York hilL I
have no objection to that hill being also called Cumorah,
with the understanding that the ancient hill Cumorah
is still undiscovered, and that sometime its secrets will
be revealed and come to the knowledge of God's people.
Join the expedition! 😏😄😄
Based on what inspired leaders of the church have stated concerning Hagoth (https://rsc.byu.edu/archived/book-mormon-alma-testimony-word/15-hagoth-and-polynesians-0), I'm having trouble seeing how to reconcile this with the Heartland theory (North America = Book of Mormon lands).
Hagoth sailing north from the East coast of the US doesn't lead to Polynesia.
THen again, from the time the JAredites arrived, say 3100 BC (https://publications.mi.byu.edu/pdf-control.php/publications/transcripts/I00028-The_Years_of_the_Jaredites.html), up through 420 AD, I imagine teh Book of Mormon people spread throughout probably Polynesia as well as North, Central and South Americas - not as teh only people there but intermarrying with the other existing tribes adn groups of people, for 3500 years, suggesting the Heartland and Central America theories might both have some degree of accuracy, no?
In reading some of the posts involving crimes [sexual assault], allegations, [Kavanaugh, President Russel Topic], or even controversial subjects such as Climate Change, Book of Mormon Geography, etc.. I have thought to myself there are a lot of faith based concepts juxtaposed up to scientific method and actual evidence. I'd like to discuss both and how it might affect our concept of that topic and what we take away.
Personal belief systems can take root at a very early age, sometimes as a part of our cultural or ethnic identity. As a result, they are almost impossible to remove without eroding the soil of substance that gives one both a sense of identity and purpose. However, also true, as a consequence, most will not surrender a deeply held personal belief for fear it could lead to their spiritual loss or death. There is nothing wrong with personal beliefs. I, for one, am deeply faithful and active in church. Each person finds meaning and purpose in their own way and that is how it should be. There is a difference between faith and scientific method and reason. Personal faith is not a problem unless it gets in the way of objective forensic investigation and examination.
For example; using faith based reasoning (let's say using the Bible to prove a point), the premise of an argument and the conclusion are a matter of personal belief and subsequently often considered above criticism. Those who question the premises of such beliefs, religious and otherwise dogmatic, are labeled heretics or worse. I have been called an apostate for not subscribing to a heartland theory, a racist for objecting to a safe-place policy, a climate denier for even questioning global warming (which I know there is climate change, my interests is, is it really all just man made?), a racist and a bigot for disagreeing about kneeling as a protest, a chauvinist pig for thinking men and woman are different and we should use the appropriate public bathrooms.
In faith and personal belief, there is little room for critical thinking and no place for doubt. As a consequence, the nature of faith runs contrary to knowledge building. My faith tells me men and women are both children of God and are different from each other, science also tells me there is a biological difference too. We still have debates to how we should act and even appropriate ways to speak. For example is refusing to bake a cake with a message one does not believe in compelling speech?
Questions, questions, questions... When is testify via faith and testify via science appropriate and acceptable and when is it not?