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Re: BoM Geography Theories (GT)

Post by gospeltangents » 10 Aug 2017, 23:02

David Rosenvall said that if he travelled from the Baja Peninsula to New York, it would have been the same distance as Provo to Ogden per year, which is definitely doable. So San Diego to New York over a span of decades was definitely doable.

Now if it was the Malay Theory (which I think is a fun theory), travel by boat is doable, but it's a bit longer to travel!
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Re: BoM Geography Theories (GT)

Post by Curt Sunshine » 10 Aug 2017, 23:04

Actually, there is nothing in the book itself that says he was being chased until the end of his life.

He says as the destruction of his people has happened about 401 AD that the Lamanites are seeking to kill him, and everything he writes after that is dated in the book as "401-421 AD". It only is in the final chapter that he says it now is 421 AD - so there literally is a 20 year gap in the record, based solely on how he dates things.

There is no indication of where and how he lived, if he traveled or stayed in one place (and staying in one place would have been unlikely, since it would be in the heart of the area where his enemies lived), etc. There is nothing about anything in his life for twenty years- much like there is nothing recorded in the Bible for the 18 years between when Jesus was 12 and when he started his ministry at agre 30 - except the statement that he grew in stature and in favor with God and man (which is one of the most intriguing and theologically-challenging verses in the entire Bible).

Based solely on the book itself, not on anything anyone has said about it, Moroni could have been almost anywhere when his people were destroyed. What Joseph said about Moroni's description of the book makes it seem to have been somewhere in the Americas, but that isn't clear at all in the record itself.
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