Evaluating Book of Mormon Ancestry Resident Locations Over Time, Using Iron Ore Deposits in North America and South America.

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Evaluating Book of Mormon Ancestry Resident Locations Over Time, Using Iron Ore Deposits in North America and South America. [Research Note: This is a preliminary professional genealogical specialist research report concerning the findings of where the Book of Mormon people lived in Ancient Times. It is based upon the Standard Works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which at one time also included the Lectures on Faith, by the first President, Prophet, Seer, Revelator, and Translator, Joseph Smith, Jr..]

Joseph Smith, Jr. Translation of the Bible was accomplished, using "a copy of the King James Bible as the starting point for his translation, dictating inspired changes and additions to scribes who recorded them first on paper and later as notes in the margins of the Bible itself." The reason for pointing this out first, is to establish the authenticity of ancient Biblical Text as being written within the time frame and period of the actors presented in the written record itself.
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/history/topics/joseph-smith-translation-of-the-bible?lang=eng [

The Bible references minerals and metals more than 1,700 times, using such familiar phrases as “fire and brimstone,” “pieces of silver,” “copper from the rock,” “salt of the Earth,” and “jars of clay.” It is interesting to consider these minerals and metals not in their scriptural contexts, but from the perspectives of history, geology, and biblical archaeology.] A careful reading of the Biblical text itself, suggests that primary interest in minerals and metals was evident from the time of Adam and Eve, and the Garden of Eden.

[Yet relative to the locale of the site of the Garden of Eden, the Prophet Joseph Smith learned through revelation (D&C 57) that Jackson County was the location of a Zion to be and the New Jerusalem to come. Brigham Young stated, “Joseph the Prophet told me that the garden of Eden was in Jackson [County] Missouri.” (Journal of Wilford Woodruff, vol. 5, 15 Mar. 1857, Archives Division, Church Historical Dept., Salt Lake City.) Heber C. Kimball said: “From the Lord, Joseph learned that Adam had dwelt on the land of America, and that the Garden of Eden was located where Jackson County now is.” (Andrew Jenson, Historical Record, 9 vols., Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson, 1888, 7:439; see also Orson F. Whitney, Life of Heber C. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1967, p. 219.) Other early leaders have given the same information.]

10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. 11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. 13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. 14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

Going to the Book of Mormon, the most ancient text is a Jaredite record called The Book of Ether. "Moroni abridged this book from 24 gold plates called the plates of Ether." He notes specifically, that: "And as I suppose that the first part of this record, which speaks concerning the creation of the world, and also of Adam, and an account from that time even to the great tower, and whatsoever things transpired among the children of men until that time, is had among the Jews— Therefore I do not write those things which transpired from the days of Adam until that time; but they are had upon the plates; and whoso findeth them, the same will have power that he may get the full account."

Furthermore, we are informed, that: "And it came to pass that the brother of Jared, (now the number of the vessels which had been prepared was eight) went forth unto the mount, which they called the mount Shelem, because of its exceeding height, and did molten out of a rock sixteen small stones; and they were white and clear, even as transparent glass; and he did carry them in his hands upon the top of the mount, . . ." [Research Note: The record states these 16 small stones were molten out of a rock.] For comparison: [Believe it or not, glass is made from liquid sand. You can make glass by heating ordinary sand (which is mostly made of silicon dioxide) until it melts and turns into a liquid. You won't find that happening on your local beach: sand melts at the incredibly high temperature of 1700°C (3090°F). ]

These records, by themselves, suggest written accepted evidence of high-temperature melting, including the mention of transparent glass (Ether 2:23 And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels? For behold, ye cannot have windows, for they will be dashed in pieces; neither shall ye take fire with you, for ye shall not go by the light of fire.), steel and iron (As previously mentioned in KJV of Genesis 4:22, wherein "And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah."). Iron-formations and iron ore deposits are found in both continents: North America and South America. However, Ether 1:1, of the Book of Mormon, states: "And now I, Moroni, proceed to give an account of those ancient inhabitants who were destroyed by the hand of the Lord upon the face of this north country." The last location of the said Moroni was connected to the Hill Cumorah, as the "golden plates containing the Book of Mormon were buried in the Hill Cumorah, about three miles southeast of the Smith family farm", related geographically to Manchester, New York (near Palmyra).

"Mining of iron ore began in the American Colonies about 1619, and for 225 years it was limited to eastern United States where fuel and markets were readily available. Production of iron ore from the Lake Superior region began in 1846; the region became the leading domestic source by 1890, and the Mesabi range in Minnesota has been the world's most productive area since 1896."
Most of Canada's iron ore comes from the Labrador Trough region, along the border between Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, and from Nunavut.
Therefore, it appears that the Lake Superior region is the closest area for production of steel and iron, during the period of the Jaredite nation, extending down through the narrow neck of land, into the Continent of South America; a national hunting preserve. Additionally, [We also read that Moroni did not record the “hundredth part” of the Jaredite history as written by Ether (Ether 15:33). . . . the unabridged book of Ether would render more than 2,300 pages of English translation. This amount of text from only 24 plates] suggests the highest form of intelligent scribal shorthand; that the prophet Ether was highly skilled in engravings on metal; an artistic accomplishment that was handed down over generations of time, from the founding of the nation on the American Continent.

As far as South America is concerned, Brazil hosts five of the world’s biggest iron ore mines. It should be remembered, that after the coming of the resurrected Jesus Christ to the descendants of the House of Lehi, the records of Mahonri Moriancumer, or the Brother of Jared, were readily available, which includes the history of the world, from the beginning to the very end of time, with all useful technologies, methodologies, and related scientific knowledge and applications universally applied thereto, among all of the children of Adam and Eve. Ether 7:9, 2 Nephi 5:15, Jarom 1:8, mention steel in the Book of Mormon, among Jaredites and Nephites. Iron is also mentioned among Jaredites and Nephites, in Ether 10:23, 2 Nephi 5:15, Jarom 1:8, and Mosiah 7:3, 8. A false statement is made in the article: "Experts baffled by the discovery of hundreds of mysterious tunnels in Brazil" It incorrectly states, that: [Certainly, these tunnels were not created by the natives of Brazil. “The Indians who lived in Brazil before the arrival of the Europeans did not know about the existence of iron and therefore had no tools to dig through the hard rocks in which these tunnels are dug,” explains National Geographic.] The article, biased against the ancestral intelligence and prior capabilities of a fallen people, is mostly important for geographical purposes. It notes: [Curiously, there are hundreds of these tunnels all over Brazil, . . . has confirmed the discovery of a large complex of 600-meter-long tunnels in the state of Rondonia. . . . “in neighboring countries such as Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Bolivia we have detected a few caves . . . In Argentina, there are many of them, mainly in the cliffs of the Atlantic coast, in Mar del Plata.”. . . over 2,000 burrows have been found]. These findings suggest a South American location for the City of Zarahemla.
Archaeologist 'strikes gold' with finds of ancient Nasca iron ore mine in Peru. [Research Note: The Nasca civilization, which existed from A.D. 1 to A.D. 750, would have been included in the total conversion of the native populations after the death and later resurrection of Jesus Christ, by the Three Nephite Disciples and other missionaries.]

[Research Note: The Book of Mormon Plates, by Rex C. Reeve Jr., mentions, under The Large Plates of Nephi, that: "Nephi seems to have started his large plates about 590 B.C., soon after arriving in the promised land. When Nephi started writing, he included the record of his father." . . . "In explaining the record of the large plates, Nephi wrote: And it came to pass that the Lord commanded me, wherefore I did make plates of ore that I might engraven upon them the record of my people."

ORE is mentioned, further, at:
Nephi asks the Lord where he can find ore for tools, 1 Ne. 17:9.
people of Lehi find all manner of ore in wilderness, 1 Ne. 18:25.
Nephi makes plates of ore, 1 Ne. 19:1.
Nephi teaches people to work in precious ores, 2 Ne. 5:15.
Nephites search for precious ores, Jacob 2:12.
record of Jaredites engraven on plates of ore, Mosiah 21:27.
precious ore of every kind in promised land, Hel. 6:11.
Jaredites work in all manner of ore, Ether 10:23.

Of the about listing, Helaman 6 has the most significant information, in that "the Lamanites had become, the more part of them, a righteous people, insomuch that their righteousness did exceed that of the Nephites, . . . And it came to pass that many of the Lamanites did come down into the land of Zarahemla, . . . And it came to pass that many of the Lamanites did go into the land northward; and also Nephi and Lehi went into the land northward, to preach unto the people. . . . And it came to pass that they became exceedingly rich, both the Lamanites and the Nephites; and they did have an exceeding plenty of gold, and of silver, and of all manner of precious metals, both in the land south and in the land north. Now the land south was called Lehi, and the land north was called Mulek, which was after the son of Zedekiah; for the Lord did bring Mulek into the land north, and Lehi into the land south. And behold, there was all manner of gold in both these lands, and of silver, and of precious ore of every kind; and there were also curious workmen, who did work all kinds of ore and did refine it; and thus they did become rich." All these comments, taken together, suggest that the Lamanites resided in a higher elevated area of the South American region of Lehi; coming down to the river valley region of the City of Zarahemla; with additional permitted, further travels into the Mulek land north, (which would immediately involve Central America, Mexico, and more distantly, the United States, as well as Canada), having "free intercourse one with another, to buy and to sell, and to get gain, according to their desire.".

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The scenario presented in the Book of Mormon took place throughout all of North America and South America. [It is exceedingly clear, from a genealogical research standpoint; that Chapter 8 of 3rd Nephi, is a recital of damage in the Americas, beginning with the Nephite main capital City of Zarahemla, in South America, and proceeding forth up into the highways and roads, and the generic cities of North America.]
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