the Book of Mormon a historical account?
Some or all Latter-day Saints believe that
the Book of Mormon contains a historical account of God's
dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the American continents - specifically
the group of people referred
to as the Nephites and Lamanites.
Some articles report to make the
case for or against archaeological evidence.
But just to give you an example, Michael R. Licona, author of "Behold, I Stand At The
Door And Knock"
"Hill Cumorah is located in New York, southeast of
Rochester. Joseph Smith claimed that when Moroni
appeared to him, he was told that Moroni’s father, Mormon, buried the gold plates upon which the
of Mormon was based on the hill Cumorah just before the great final battle there (Mormon 6:6). In
Pearl of Great Price, Smith writes that the day after his second vision, he went to a large hill outside of
village where his family lived (the hill Cumorah) and found the gold
plates. This identifies the hill
Smith dug up the plates as the same hill where Mormon buried them and where the great battle took
In Mormon 6:10-15, it is claimed that hundreds of thousands of people were killed on or near the
Cumorah during that final battle. It says that “their flesh, and bones, and blood lay upon the face of the
being left by the hands of those who slew them to molder upon the land, and to crumble and to return
their mother earth” (Mormon 6:15). In other words, their bodies were left there, unburied.
To help you understand the magnitude of casualties at hill Cumorah, let’s consider another major
During the Battle of Gettysburg of the American Civil War there were 55,000 soldiers wounded,
them killed on the battlefield and 4,000 more whose wounds were mortal. Eyewitnesses said that
so much blood from the dead and injured that there were parts of the battlefield that seemed like
of blood. So many men and horses died that all could not be buried at once and many corpses were
the battlefield until a few days later when others were hired to do the task.
If 6,000 men died on the battlefield at Gettysburg, what would a battlefield look like with
thousands dead? Since they were left unburied at hill Cumorah, wouldn’t there be some
artifacts made of
metal and stone? Bullets by the thousands are found at Gettysburg. Nothing however has
been found at hill
University of Rochester palaeontologist and stratigrapher Carl Brett has worked in the Palmyra,
area where hill Cumorah is located and is familiar with the hill and its geologic conditions. He
says that if
hundreds of thousands were slaughtered at the hill and not buried, there would still be skeletal
the surface today, even after 1,600 years. Scavengers and weather conditions would account
for why much
is gone, but there would still be quite enough left to look at. Metallic artifacts from weapons
and armor would
also be easily found. But nothing has ever been found at hill Cumorah."
Add to this all the people and cities that were destroyed before
the risen Christ supposedly appeared to the