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Five years in the making, this stunning one-of-a-kind publication is already getting lots of attention and will seriously alter the discussion on Book of Mormon historicity. Agree or disagree, there is no question, Meldrum's research is evoking a powerful response on all sides of this discussion. Within 24 hours of the first shipment's arrival nearly 1000 books have already been claimed with many more orders coming in.
Two hundred and twenty gorgeous full color pages filled with more than 500 stunning photos, artwork, maps, charts, artifacts, quotes, scripture and commentary introduce the reader to the rapidly mounting body of evidence that suggests the very real possibility of a North American setting for the events described in the Book of Mormon.
From Adam-ondi-Ahman to the City of Enoch; from the Restoration of the Gospel in the latter-days to building of the New Jerusalem in the Land of Zion — the “Heartland” of America has long been the setting of sacred and significant events throughout the course of human history.
Thirty-six scriptural prophecies and promises parallel the descriptions of the ancient Nephite land and a latter-day “Promised Land.” Joseph Smith's historically documented statements are consistent with those prophecies.
Emerging scientific research strengthens the assertion that large agrarian societies once flourished in North America during the Jaredite and Nephite eras. The research, conducted primarily by non-LDS scientists, is revealing remarkable correlations of culture, achievement and destruction among these ancient peoples.
The research captured by this book spans the breadth of prophecy, scripture, early Church history, archaeology, anthropology, architecture, fortifications, trade, religion, metallurgy, DNA, horticulture, population movements by sea and by land, geographic topologies, building materials, astronomical alignments, mythology and much more.
- Published: July 2011
- Pages: 220
- Size: 11" x 9"
About the Author
by Richard - reviewed on April 20, 2012
The author's conclusions are shoddy, uninformed, and a poor excuse for scholarship. Read this "stuff" if you want, but please do yourself a favor and read every temple dedicatory prayer of temples in the islands, Mexico, South America, and Central America. Meldrum knows more than those prophets offering those prayers? I think not (although he would like to make you think he does). These books are the very definition of priest craft. I can't believe the good people at Deseret Book even allow this "stuff" to be offered for sale. Just read the Book of Mormon and forget worrying about where it took place. I have never heard a talk in conference on the geography of the Book of Mormon; only on its power to bring people to Christ.
Take with a grain of salt
by tyler - reviewed on April 17, 2012
While it is gorgeous photography, the information is greatly flawed. I found mistakes in this work from the very start, but will only address a few. It states that Joseph Smith gave revelatory statements on Book of Mormon geography, but the Church has claimed that there never has been revelation on BOM geography. President Joseph F. Smith was once asked to approve a map purporting to show exactly where Lehi and his family had landed in the Americas. He declined, saying that the Lord had not yet revealed it. “Route Traveled by Lehi and his Company,” Instructor, April 1938, 160. Joseph did say that The Book of Mormon happened in Mesoamerica as well. In November 1841, Joseph Smith wrote a letter to Bishop Bernhisel thanking him for Stephens and Catherwoods books on Mesoamerica. Joseph Smith saw parallels between Mesoamerica and The Book of Mormon and stated that the Book of Mormon "corresponds with & supports the testimony of the Book of Mormon; I have read the volumes with the greatest interest & pleasure & must say that of all histories that have been written pertaining to the antiquities of this country it is the most correct luminous & comprihensive.-…”Joseph Smith, The Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, compiled and edited by Dean C. Jessee (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1984), 501 - 502. Also, when Temple dedicatory prayers are given, we are told that they are given under inspiration. In these inspired prayers that are given in Mesoamerica, we see that the the Lamanites are said to have lived there. President Hinckley in his prayer at the dedication of the Mexico City temple in December 1983, he stated, "Bless Thy Saints in this great land and those from other lands who will use this Temple. Most have in their veins the blood of Father Lehi" When James Faust, Gordon Hinckley's second counselor, gave the dedicatory prayer for the Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico temple on March 12, 2000, he stated, "We invoke Thy blessings upon this nation of Mexico where so many of the sons and daughters of Father Lehi dwell." I also find it telling that the archaeologists, geneticists, and other experts, many who do not know or care where The Book of Mormon took place, are writing reviews of this authors work and claiming it as inaccurate. What is more telling is that they are being published by the Neal A Maxwell Institute, which is part of the Church owned BYU. There are several members of the First Presidency and 12 Apostles on the board. I would recommend reading the reviews of these scholars so you may learn about the many problems with this book. I would not recommend this book if you would like accurate information and evidences."
Finally a theory aligned with the Book of Mormon & the teachings of the prophet Joseph Smith
by Customer - reviewed on April 28, 2012
If you've ever wanted a reasonable theory that supports a single hill Cumorah in upstate New York and Lamanites located where the Lord sent missionaries to as outlined in the Doctrine and Covenants this is it. If you want a theory that promotes 2 Cumorahs in a society whose scripts look nothing like Hebrew or Egyptian, and whose monuments of stone look nothing like any of those that would be erected by ancient Israel then this is not your book. Read it and enjoy. This is just the start of a revolution where the obvious overcomes the stretch of imagination required to align pagan monuments with a simple agricultural Christian society.
Uses fake artifacts to support his theories, very unconvincing.
by Jeff - reviewed on September 12, 2012
Uses fake artifacts to support his theories, very unconvincing. Even the scholars he quotes in his book and his videos disagree with him.
by Cathy - reviewed on December 22, 2011
I have grown up LDS my whole life and have never doubted the Book of Mormon. I had many questions growing up though about some of the details in the book of Mormon. I was truly a skeptic when I heard about the Heartland project and told my brother he was crazy to even believe such ideas. But guess what? When I caved in and studied the material, this stuff made sense! It is backed by scriptural, scientific, and prophetic insight from Joseph Smith. This other version of Book of Mormon geography is gaining movement; I have seen it back east where my sister lives and even Missions in some of the Southern States are excited about this new insight, many missionaries having seen the presentations on this theory. Regardless the Book of Mormon is a true book no matter where it took place.
The Book Speaks for Itself
by Rusty - reviewed on April 28, 2012
The Lord speaks often of "this promised land". If "this land" is so important to the Lord, it should be important to us as well. In my opinion the information presented by Rod Meldrum in his books and presentations bring us close to where the events took place in The Book of Mormon. It fits so well and makes such perfect sense. I would challenge those detractors who are brushing this off to take a good comparative look at this evidence, instead of taking miss-informed pot shots at it. Nothing is being forced on anybody. Buy the book, read it and then decide. It has sure opened my eyes!
More sense than anything I've read on the topic
by Jeremy - reviewed on September 26, 2011
While perusing books for my Gospel Doctrine class research for next year, I cam across this book titled: "Exploring the Book of Mormon in America's Heartland" at first I thought it was another Mesoamerican book, of which I have read every one. But the "pyramid" (mound) shown on this cover was not found in Guatemala but rather Ohio! I live in Ohio and never considered the thought. That photo caught my interest because I have been trained to believe that there was no advance civilization in North America. Was I ever wrong on that count... from the opening page which quotes director of the Smithsonian Institute saying that some of the MOST advanced civilizations are to be found in the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys supporting agrarian populations with millions of people. What? This was news to me. Then as I read further, I could not put it down and had to take it home. What has emerged blends so perfectly with the thoughts I have always had (but until now, could not reconcile with what the "scholars" were telling me.) I have now learned the path Nephi's ship followed over the Atlantic ocean and the likely landing place in the Gulf of Mexico, the river Sidon, the 36 Prophecies and so much more, they all make perfect sense to me. I will never read the Book of Mormon the same way again. Thank you Brother Meldrum for your honest and careful research into this most important of all topics. Jeremy L.
by Customer - reviewed on May 01, 2012
I have never doubted the Book of Mormon, and never worried about the geography, especially when the MesoAmerican theory didn't seem to make sense to me. After meeting Rod, and listening to him, along with reading his research, I have never been so excited and appreciative of the Native American history of our country, and how all of it ties back to the Nephites and Lamanites! It's all so wonderful and inspiring. I love these books and think Rod is doing a wonderful job researching all of this!
The evidence is well documented and enlightening.
by Carill-Ina - reviewed on April 29, 2012
I was introduced to Rod Meldrum and his "Heartland theory" a couple of years ago. At first I was dubious about some of his comments but soon found that what I was learning “just made sense”. I support the theory in this book that has been researched and studied by many people.
The TRUTH is out!
by Patty - reviewed on October 06, 2011
And after it [Bible] had come forth unto them [Lamanites]I beheld OTHER BOOKS, which came forth by the power of the Lamb, from the Gentiles unto them, unto the convincing of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the Jews who were scattered upon all the face of the earth, that the records of the prophets and of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are true. (1 Nephi 13:39) I think this could be one of those books. What a treasure of information and evidences. Beautifully compiled and presented. This is a great tool to share this valuable information with family and friends.
by Cassandra - reviewed on April 22, 2012
It's fine to be curious and research the background of the Book of Mormon, but there is danger in teaching or in any way basing your testimony on flawed information. Brother Meldrum's enthusiasm is infectious, as evidenced by the endorsements here, but truth isn't proven by excitement. I have a firm testimony of the truth of the Book of Mormon, and I also can tell that this book's logic and interpretation of evidence are heavily flawed. It just doesn't withstand knowledgeable scrutiny in genetics, archaeology, history, and in other fields. I worry that some may base their testimony in part on these flawed arguments and then completely jettison their faith in the Book of Mormon when they learn of those arguments' flaws. Enjoy exploring different possibilities, but don't accept this book's flawed premises or conclusions.
Scholarly book with beautiful photographs of possible book of mormon sites in North America.
by sue - reviewed on May 01, 2012
What a beautiful and inspiring book on the land the prophet identified as the place where Book of Mormon events occurred!
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