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One of the greatest blessings we can bestow to others is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The “Keystone” of the restored gospel is the Book of Mormon, another witness of Jesus Christ like unto the Bible. It has been said that the restored Church of Jesus Christ rises or falls on the truthfulness of this sacred ancient record – a history of real people, places and events of antiquity in America. While individual salvation may not be dependent upon our knowing where the Book of Mormon took place, it is vital to know the location of its lands because the ancient prophet/writers devoted a significant amount of time and space on the gold plates in an attempt to warn a very specific “nation” that would one day occupy their lands. If we cannot come to an understanding of what nation they were warning, of what value are their warnings? Have their efforts been in vain? Individual salvation may not rest upon recognizing the covenant land upon which the Book of Mormon civilizations lived and died, but the “salvation” of the nation occupying those lands in the latter days is absolutely tied to those prophecies, promises and judgments of God. This is why it is not only valuable, but essential, that we come to an understanding of the truth of where the Book of Mormon lands were located.
A Covenant Responsibility – Missionary Work To Bless the Nations of the Earth with the Gospel
As has been established by an understanding of the nature of the sacred covenant which resides upon the land now known as the United States of America, (read The Scriptural Basis for the Heartland Model Geography HERE) it is clear that this nation is under a covenant that includes a duty bound obligation to bless the nations of the earth with the gospel through missionary work (Abraham 2:11, Genesis 22:18) . The covenant nation will receive special blessings from the Lord in order to fulfill His charge to bring His gospel to all the nations of the earth. This covenant, as it applies to this specific latter-day nation, is being called The American Covenant.
How the Covenant Supports Missionary Work
How does this covenant support missionary work; the ability to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ? As outlined in the article referenced above, there are two covenant and promised lands in the world, known anciently and today as Jerusalem/Canaan in the Old World, and New Jerusalem/Cainan in the New World. These lands have been given, by covenant, to the Lord’s chosen people together with special blessings to specifically support missionary work.
1. a specific LAND or base from which to develop and grow a missionary culture,
2. POSTERITY without which the gospel cannot be physically preached to other nations,
3. PROSPERITY to support financially those missionary efforts and,
4. SECURITY so that service can be rendered toward missionary work, rather than compulsory military service for the country.
Missionary Statistics – Evidence of the American Covenant
Today the Church has the largest missionary force the world has ever known scattered throughout the world, yet 80% of all missionaries worldwide consistently come from one single nation, the United States, and of the 20% serving missions from other nations nearly half receive financial assistance from Church membership in the U.S.
Is it any wonder why the ancient prophets spent valuable time, effort and space on the gold plates attempting to warn this specific nation not to allow the secret combinations that destroyed their civilization to get above it?
The ancient prophets saw in vision that should this nation, the United States of America, fall into unrighteousness, God’s judgments and subsequent removal of His covenant blessings of security, prosperity, and posterity would result in its collapse, which would have a direct and devastating impact on the latter-day Church’s ability to carry out its mission of spreading the gospel throughout the world. Missionary families living in an insecure nation with a collapsing economy would likely find it impossible to support their sons and daughters on missions. Such events would undoubtedly render the Church’s missionary effort unable to continue to bless the other nations of the earth.
Accordingly, this nation’s covenant and founding principles must be vigorously upheld through righteous leaders in order for it to carry on its sacred responsibility to “bless the nations of the earth” with the gospel. That is why it is critical to understand “where” the covenant and promised lands of the Book of Mormon were located. That nation today is the United States of America. The warnings to this nation are clear…and eminent. Therefore, based on these prophecies, it should also be absolutely clear where the lands of the Book of Mormon were actually located.
Enhancing Missionary Success Through Book of Mormon Evidences In the Heartland Geography Model
The Heartland Geography Model offers logical, solid and highly referenced answers – from the scriptures, prophets and non-LDS experts – to many previously unanswered or unanswerable questions asked by members, missionaries, non-members and investigators alike. Many questions now finally have honest answers such as the alleged lack of evidence for the Book of Mormon claims of:
– A voyage to America by Hebrews originating in Jerusalem and sailing from Saudi Arabia
– Hebrew DNA among Native American populations
– Gold, silver, copper and iron mining, metal smelting and the resultant artifacts
– Cities built using ditches, earth embankments and timber walls and towers
– A literate civilization utilizing Hebrew or Egyptian written language forms
– Requisite animals such as sheep, goats, horses and elephants
– A climate conducive to the growing of wheat, barley, corn and grapes
– A highly advanced culture having knowledge of astronomy and mathematics
– A candidate civilization having evidence of living the Law of Moses with other Jewish customs and symbolism
– Two major civilizations that date archaeologically within Book of Mormon time frames
– Civilizations that built cities, temples and buildings primarily out of wood, with occasional cement, but no stone
– Two coexisting cultures; One agricultural and urban, the other nomadic tent dwellers, depending upon migrating beasts
Each of the items above have been problematic when trying to answer questions about them using previous geography theories, because of the lack of such evidences.
Successful Missionary Work Through the Heartland Geography Research
For many years Ancient American publisher Wayne May has tried to help the membership of the Church realize the vast archaeological evidence that exists in the Heartland of North America in support of the historicity of the Book of Mormon. However, due to decades of promotion by Mesoamerican theorists his findings remained unknown to the vast majority of Church members. When the DNA controversy became center stage in the Church around 2002 and the answers from Mesoamerican scholars provided no support for the Book of Mormon because of the complete absense of any Hebraic or Jewish DNA lineages found among the ancient Mayan people or kings of Mesoamerica, members of the Church had no legitimate answers to the DNA questions. Mesoamerican theory promoters claimed that since there is no DNA evidence in Mesoamerica that none should even be expected for various genetic reasons. This, however, contradicts the many prophecies in the Book of Mormon text itself that emphatically state that there will be a remnant of the House of Israel upon the Promised Land in the latter days (1 Nephi 15:12-16, 2 Nephi 9:53,30:4, Alma 46:23-24, 3 Nephi 21:22-23, Ether 13:6-8, Mormon 7:9-10, . At this point the DNA research by Rod Meldrum became of critical importance in defending the Book of Mormon and the gospel.
Since beginning to share his Heartland Geography Model research in 2006, and the release of his first DVD, DNA Evidence for Book of Mormon Geography, in 2008, the acceptance and growth of this refreshing new information has been astounding. It has been completely amazing to witness the ability of this research to bring former members back into the gospel, cause those who had become inactive to return to full activity and even become the catalyst for many non-members to read and embrace the Book of Mormon! And the number of such wonderful people being strengthened in the gospel has been estimated to be well over 10,000 souls from around the world. Members and non-members, the old and the young, missionaries and converts alike have expressed their thanks for sharing these profound new evidences that support the Book of Mormon like never before. We would like to express our gratitude for all of the emails, letters and notes, brought about because of the strengthening of testimonies, the returns back to full fellowship in the gospel, the thrill of new memberships in the Church and everyone whose journey to the truths of the gospel were in some way enhanced through this research. May and Meldrum’s research has been dramatically added upon through the research and expertise of dozens of scholars, enthusiasts, experts and many others simply following their own paths. To them we are all grateful. For a listing and bio’s of many of these great individuals, please see our Speakers Bio’s page HERE.
Special Offers for Missionaries, CES and Military Personnel
It is our sincere desire to help support the missionary efforts of the Church throughout the world. The Heartland research has capability to answers many Book of Mormon related questions. With this goal in mind, the FIRM Foundation is making available several items, including the book Exploring the Book of Mormon in America’s Heartland; A Visual Journey of Discovery and select other items for a deeply discounted rate to a few specific groups for missionary work purposes. Many hundreds of missionaries worldwide have already taken advantage of these special offers.
Those eligible can receive one copy of the book, Exploring the Book of Mormon In America’s Heartland, for $14.00, which is65% off the regular retail price of $39.95. It can be shipped anywhere within the USA (includes Hawaii, Alaska, Military PO Boxes) for only $6.00 (other shipping charges will apply outside US). Books may be sent to locations worldwide with additional postage charges. See web page HERE. See video HERE.
DNA Evidence for Book of Mormon Geography – A four hour DVD video introduction to the Book of Mormon “Heartland” research. Retail price is $19.95, special missionary work discount of 75% off which is ONLY $4.95. (+ S/H)
The American Promised Land Covenant – A four hour 2-disc DVD video scripturally establishing the locations of the two Promised Lands of God, the sacred Covenant that provides specified blessings and judgements, and the associated requirements for all those who live on those lands. The purpose of the blessings involves missionary work. A compelling introduction to the scriptural, prophetic, genetic, linguistic and cultural evidences found in the Heartland of America. Watch the video trailer HERE. Reg. retail $29.95, missionary work special offer ONLY $9.95! (+ S/H) That’s 66% off !!
Moroni’s Keys by Jonathan Neville – A short novel (like the Christmas box). Sister Marianne Simms is serving a mission in France when unexpected questions and situations arise that challenge her and her companions knowledge of the Book of Mormon. Their encounter with an archaeologist, skillfully woven into a series of email exchanges, begins a rocky, but ultimately faith building and moving story of the importance of answers to geographic questions on the Book of Mormon. This enlightening 102 page powerful story is based on real life experiences. Retail $9.95, Missionary special ONLY $4.95 (+ S/H).
ONLY These Groups are Eligible for this special offer:
1. All prospective (17 years or older) and officially called and set apart current missionary Elders and Sisters, including all Senior Missionaries (limit one per missionary or one per couple).
2. All Seminary, Institute and CES Instructors, teachers, and administrators (one per person).
3. All full-time employee’s of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including BYU faculty (one per person).
4. All full-time active military personnel in all branches of the United States Armed Forces (one per person).
Proof of eligibility must be available at the time of purchase and include the following:
1. For Missionaries: Name, home address, email and approximate date of expected mission call and/or mission field location.
2. For Church Employee’s: Name, home address, email and proof of current LDS employment.
3. For Members of the Military: Name, home address, email, branch of service, rank and proof of current military employment.
To Order: Call 801-429-9751
This offer is not available online, in our bookstore, or in conjunction with any other offer. We reserve the right to rescind or revoke this offer at any time at our discretion. We also reserve the right to extend this offer to other groups and for extended durations, possibly ongoing as funds allow.
Orders may be placed by the individual missionary, Church employee or member of the military themselves, but it is also admissible for others, such as parents, family members, friends, local Church leadership, or others to purchase one copy of the book for a specific eligible person or persons. The honor system will apply in those cases as it is not possible to ensure or verify that every book is being purchased by or will be received by an eligible recipient. We ask your help by not taking advantage of this offer dishonestly. This is being partially funded through voluntary donation(s) to be used toward missionary work.
Again, our hope is to ‘arm’ all of our “warriors,” both in Missionary and Military Service, with answers to many Book of Mormon questions that they may find useful in their work. The best way to do so is for parents to share this with their missionary sons or daughters prior to their mission so that they will be informed with answers to many difficult questions regarding the Book of Mormon. Church policy regarding missionaries is that they can officially use only authorized Church approved materials. This book has not been approved or endorsed by the Church because the Church is officially neutral about Book of Mormon geography.