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Joseph Smith Identified Zarahemla As Being in Guatemala

John L. Lund - FUN FOR LESS - February 29, 2012

When you travel to Mexico, Guatemala, and Central America, you can be confident you are traveling in the Book of Mormon lands, according to the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Be confident that when you travel to Mexico, Guatemala, and Central America you are traveling in the lands where the primary American events of the Book of Mormon took place according to the Prophet Joseph Smith. As the translator of the Book of Mormon and because of his several visions about the geography of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, remains the key to identifying geographical locations in the Book of Mormon. It is important to point out that Joseph expected to find archaeological evidence of the Book of Mormon both north and south of the Rio Grande because the Jaredites and the descendants of Father Lehi had spread from sea to sea and covered the face of the land.

The Book of Mormon did not take place in a vacuum. In addition to being scripture, the Book of Mormon is a history of real people who lived and died in the New World. There was a Zarahemla. According to the Prophet Joseph Smith, the city of Zarahemla was located south of the Rio Grande in Guatemala and Central America. The current debate about the location of Zarahemla has to do with the authorship of three editorials in an early Church newspaper called the Times and Seasons.[1] The declaration of Zarahemla being in Guatemala and the “narrow neck of land” being in Central America, occurred while the Prophet Joseph Smith was serving as Editor of the Times and Seasons.

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oporterrockwell said...

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on Jun 12, 2012

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Great article! Tell me please if any of you have encounter this particular situation ... I read an article like this on Zarahemla and the Prophet Joseph and people who do not read, close minded and members of the church say: "That's not true because I did not know about it!" Hahahahahaha! If you only knew what happened last Sunday sharing with people about Alma 7:10 Hahahahaha!
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