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Same as in 1 Nephi 11:1, "an exceeding high mountain, which I had never before seen, and upon which I never had before set my foot."

And I think, the same as in "Black Elk Speaks" who comes much later, but to essentially the same place:

"There I was was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there, I saw more than I can tell, and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in the sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy." Neidhart footnotes a comment that "Black Elk said that the mountain he stood upon in hish vision was Harney Peak in the Black Hills. "But anywhere is the center of the world," he added. (p 36)

The point being, for this kind of vision, the physical location doesn't matter.

I'll add Ezekiel 40:2, where "in the visions of God, brought me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain top..."

And of course, Jesus, in Matthew 4:8, where "the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain..."

FWIW

Kevin Christensen

Bethel Park, PA

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Same as in 1 Nephi 11:1, "an exceeding high mountain, which I had never before seen, and upon which I never had before set my foot."

And I think, the same as in "Black Elk Speaks" who comes much later, but to essentially the same place:

"There I was was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there, I saw more than I can tell, and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in the sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy." Neidhart footnotes a comment that "Black Elk said that the mountain he stood upon in hish vision was Harney Peak in the Black Hills. "But anywhere is the center of the world," he added. (p 36)

The point being, for this kind of vision, the physical location doesn't matter.

I'll add Ezekiel 40:2, where "in the visions of God, brought me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain top..."

And of course, Jesus, in Matthew 4:8, where "the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain..."

FWIW

Kevin Christensen

Bethel Park, PA

Thank you Kevin.

The reason asked is because a question was posed to me by a sociology professor (she is LDS) regarding an actual place on earth (with latitude and longitude) that is "atemporal". As a clue, she referenced me to Moses 1:1, 8.

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