We’re continuing our conversation with David Rosenvall. He’s the guy who came up with who came up with the idea that the Book of Mormon lands may have occurred in the Baja Peninsula. We’ll also discuss some other issues with the Book of Mormon. Are there two Hill Cumorahs?
We don’t know where he goes but we do know how long it took him that he wandered. He again buries the plates in 420 A.D. We believe in the hill north of Manchester where Joseph Smith would eventually meet with him. That’s a period of about 36 years.
How would one get plates that one can carry, these few plates to that sort of distance? Well if you want to break it down per year it’s about the distance from Provo to Ogden every year that Moroni would have had to travel with these plates. We don’t know. We have one point that’s kind of interesting. Manti, Utah is a place that Brigham Young states that Moroni dedicated the temple site. If you go down there, there’s a statue of Moroni there, dedicating.
You can see if one started in Baja and had to get to New York in 36 years, one could easily take that path. Our theory isn’t so much about two Cumorahs, it’s about two hills: one in the text called the Hill Cumorah, and one where Joseph Smith got the plates called the hill north of Manchester. Now I kind of like that we as the saints call that hill in New York, Cumorah.
Had you heard about this statue of Moroni in Manti? What about steel swords?
One of the things most interesting that we have learned since we started this: if you go down to the museums in Baja California, specifically the museum in La Paz, they’ll have a display of swords. Half of them are Spanish swords that they know are very beautiful. They have a certain design and they’re on display. It just so happens they have this other collection which is a completely different design, much older, very rusted that are swords, and knives, and all sorts of metal implements that they say they have gotten from some burial sites when they dig up. They’ve found them in of the ground.
So we have metal swords, just as described from the Baja Peninsula. What we are missing is a full archaeological excavation of more of that. So we’re finding it very exciting that (1) we’ve got areas where metal is still there today that you can take from outcroppings, (2) you’ve got smelting sites that are ancient. They all claim they are pre-Spanish. They’re smelting sites. Number (3), they do have evidence on the peninsula, so at this point, the Book of Mormon is holding together. Now the rest of North America, yeah you’ve got a problem with it, but not the Baja Peninsula. They’ve got metal implements.
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