It’s been some time since we talked about alternative Book of Mormon geography theories. For those new to the site, you may want to see some of these other theories I mentioned: Malay, and South America.
From time to time, I get an email from George Potter. He has a website called the Nephi Project. I heard him speak a few years ago on research he has done in Yemen. His research is pretty well-respected, and it appears he has a very good candidate for Nephi’s Harbor, and he may have found the River Laman in Saudi Arabia that is mentioned by Lehi in the Book of Mormon. (I really need to write a review of his and another researcher’s work–they are really good.) Potter thinks that Lehi and his family followed the frankincense trail to Yemen before setting sail for the New World.
George has recently shifted his focus from the Old World to the New World. George is a proponent that the Book of Mormon lands are in Peru. His latest newsletter dated Oct 13, 2009, says,
10 Reasons Why the Book of Mormon Took Place in Peru
By George Potter
My new book, Nephi in the Promised Land is now available in the Nephi Project Discovery Store. When I started writing Nephi in the Promised Land, several people questioned my efforts. I heard typical comments like these: “The Book of Mormon people were the Mound Builders of North America.” “I took a cruise to Mexico, and our LDS guide showed us the ruins of Zarahemla.” While these members are sincere in their beliefs, they must either have an extremely limited knowledge of New World archaeology, or their version of the Book of Mormon is quite different from the one I grew up reading. Here is what my copy of the Book of Mormon states:
1. The Book of Mormon was inscribed on metal plates.
2. The Nephites mined gold and also worked copper and silver.
3. The Nephites made swords of steel, a derivative of iron.
4. The people of the Book of Mormon had herds of animals that could be described as sheep.
5. They also had animals that were described as horses.
6. The Nephites had a Semitic-like language.
7. The Nephites had a written language that became lost (Jacob 4:1,2).
8. The Nephites and Jaredites worshipped a white god who had the form of a man.
9. The Nephites had costly apparel.
10. The Jaredites built cities has early as the third millennium B.C.
These ten characteristics of the Book of Mormon people are not fringe elements of their storyline. During the next three months I will discuss, one by one, each of these elements of the Book of Mormon account and why they all point to Peru.