Contact The Author

William Peter Midgley
Jacksonville, Florida
Phone: (913) 219-2934


 NA-Model-Map-59_V18.JPG - 72.21 kb

This Composite Map is of the combined Nephite/Lamanite and Jaredite lands.  The manuscript and the lecture describes the rationale for the configuration and location of the lands, cities and geographic features as well as providing examples and details of logistics for Book of Mormon events.  This image shall not be printed, copied or distributed without the express written consent by the Author.   This image is printed on a 5x7 bookmark with a list of requirements for Book of Mormon lands on the back. (See below). It is currently available for purchase.  Refer to the Store tab for information on purchasing the bookmark(s).  (Notes in blue are not included on the bookmark.) 

The North America Model for the Book of Mormon
Requirements for Book of Mormon lands in the land of promise

  • There can only be one hill Cumorah. Ether 15:11
  • The city of Lehi-Nephi must be 200-250 miles into the wilderness from where Lehi landed.    2 Nephi 5:7-8 (Near Morganton NC)
  • Lehi-Nephi must be 300-400 miles south of the city of Zarahemla. Mosiah 18:1, Mosiah 23:3, and Mosiah 24:25  (Chillicothe OH)
  • There must be deposits of “all manner of ore, both of gold, and of silver, and of copper” in and around the land of Lehi’s first inheritance. 1 Nephi 18:25  (The Piedmont in NC)
  • There must be archaeological evidence of significant ancient cultures in the same time frame (about1000/200 B.C. to 400 A.D.) as the Book of Mormon as well as locations that can be associated with specific Book of Mormon locations, events, or paths of travel. As examples: Mosiah 2:1-7 (site of king Benjamin’s address - Hopewell Seip Earthworks near Chillicothe OH) and Alma 56:13-15 (path to Judea in Manti - The pre-Colonial Native American "Nemacolin Trail" from the east coast plains to the Ohio country through the Appalachian Mountains past an ancient Mound Builder's fort at the Nemacolin Castle in Brownsville PA on the Monongahela River)
  • There must be a geological feature that is a candidate for the waters of Mormon (Mosiah 18:1 and 30), and a place of “resort”for the Nephites (Mosiah 11:13)  (Linville Falls and Linville Gorge - NC) relatively near to the city of Lehi-Nephi, as well as near a stand alone mountain for Mt. Antipas. Alma 47:7-20  (South Mountains - NC)
  • There must be a “narrow strip of wilderness” separating the land of Zarahemla on the north from the land of Nephi on the south (Alma 22:27 and Helaman 6:10) (Along the Ohio River), including a “straight course from the east sea to the west”. Alma 50:7-8  (The only straight boundary line mentioned in the Book of Mormon)
  • The river Sidon must flow generally northeast to southwest (Alma 16:6-7) from Manti, the head of Sidon; and it must flow into a west sea. Alma 22:27 and Alma 50:11 (The Ohio/Lower Mississippi River system.  The Upper Mississippi is the actual tributary hydrologically)
  • Book of Mormon lands must be located in an area subject to significant and broadly affected seismic activity and extreme weather, including “whirlwinds”. 3 Nephi 8 (The New Madrid earthquake in SE Missouri, which is the most powerful seismic zone in North America)
  • The land of Manti, the head of Sidon, must be large enough to have several cities located in it and for travel northward in a relatively straight line for several days. Alma 56:13-15 and Alma 56:36-42   (The Monongahela and Allegeny River watersheds adjacent to the west ridge of the Appalachian Mountain range)
  • There must be three separate identifiable river Sidon crossings related to the city of Zarahemla, which city is located west and north of Sidon; i.e., east to west at hill Riplah (Parkersburg WV) (Alma 43:30-54), northwest to southeast at hill Amnihu (Point Pleasant WV) (Alma 2:15-20 and Alma 16:6-7), and south to north where Coriantumr attacked Zarahemla (Portsmouth OH) (Helaman 1:14-19).
  • The combined lands of Zarahemla on the north and Nephi on the south must be within the boundaries of the United States of America (Alma 46:17) and “nearly surrounded by water”. Alma 22:3  (The Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River from the Gulf to Minnesota.)
  • There must be a land surrounded by seas in all four cardinal directions in the extreme north (Helaman 3:4 & 8), with a shipping industry required to replace previously destroyed timber. Helaman 3:5-6 & 10  (The Great Lakes of Ontario to the East, Erie to the South and Lake Huron to the west and north)
  • The land on the north surrounded by seas on all sides must be separated from the combined lands of Zarahemla and Nephi on the south by a “small neck of land”. Alma 22:32  (The Niagara narrow/small neck)
  • There must be a separate “narrow neck of land” southward for the Jaredites located where a sea divides the land. Ether 10:19-20. (The Maryand/Delaware peninsula narrow neck and the Chesapeake Bay)                
                                                                                                                                                             
       July 2016

TYPICAL BOOK OF MORMON EVENT MAP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The above map is an example of typical maps describing the narrative of events in the Book of Mormon.  There will be 38 such maps with scriptural references and commentary indicated by numerical numbers as listed below and by site graphics.  They will be listed in the Table of Contents of the book with scripture reference, title and approximate time frame indicated.

Alma 20-21 - THE SONS OF MOSIAH - 90-72 B.C.

Following is a summary of travels of the sons of Mosiah, in the land of Nephi, after they arrived in the borders of the Lamanites where they separated and how they met again in the land of Middoni.         

  1. As reported in Alma 17, Ammon and his brethren, Aaron, Omner and Himni, journeyed to the land of Nephi to preach to the Lamanites. They separated and went different ways when they arrived in the borders of the Lamanites. Ammon went to the land of Ishmael.

  2. Alma 21:1-11Aaron journeyed to the city of Jerusalem in the land of Amulon, likely east toward Roanoke VA in the Great Appalachian Valley. The people mocked him and “…would not hear the words which he spake (v. 10).” Aaron then ran into Muloki and Ammah also preaching.

  3. Alma 21:12-13 The people hardened their hearts. ….therefore they departed and came over into the land of Middoni. It was here that Aaron and some of his brethren were cast into prison while others fled out of the land. They remained there until Ammon and Lamoni delivered them. The term “over into” implies laterally along the Great Appalachian Valley toward Knoxville TN.

  4. Alma 20:1-3In Ishmael, Lamoni, the king of the land of Ishmael, wanted to take Ammon to the land of Nephi to meet his father, who was king of all the land of Nephi. But, the Lord told Ammon not to “go up (south to the city of Lehi) to the land of Nephi, for behold, the king would seek thy life”; but he should go north to Middoni to deliver his brethren out of prison.

  5. Alma 20:4-27 - Lamoni told Ammon that he would go with him “down (north)to the land of Middoni” to plead for Ammon’s brethren from Antiomno, the Middoni king, his friend; which when they did, they ran into Lamoni’s father who was upset with Lamoni for going with “this Nephite”, and wanted to kill Ammon. In the resulting confrontation, Ammon gained favor with the Lamoni’s father, humbling Lamoni’s father into agreeing to grant Ammon’s brethren to be cast out of prison and Lamoni would retain his kingdom of Ishmael.  

  6. After this confrontation with Lamoni's father, Ammon and Lamoni proceeded towards the land of Middoni where they were able to have their brethren released from prison.