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

The North America Model The North America Model

The Author has prepared a one and a half hour lecture, including questions and answers, to acquaint people with the overall concept of The North America Model for the Book of Mormon and has presented it around the country to substantial positive reviews.

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Subject Matter

Follow the Author on his journey of discovery of The North America Model. The one hour PowerPoint lecture explains the genesis and the methodologies that help unravel the mystery that has remained elusive for over 180+ years. The writers of the Book of Mormon left many clues that, when understood in context, reveal a geographic fingerprint that is as forensically viable as how a human fingerprint with a limited number of commonly shared features identifies an individual out of millions of others. The lecture explains the keys to discovery and brings the audience along through the use of scriptures, photos, maps and diagrams to a logical conclusion that fits the philosophic rationale of Occam’s razor in which the simplest of premises is generally preferred to the more complex.  It answers the lead-in questions on the Welcome page of this website.

Scheduled Lectures - Next lecture October 22, 2017 (see below)

The lectures during the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra NY in July 2015 and 2016 were well received by attendees from across the country from as far away as Hawaii and Central America.   Eight lectures were held again to coincide with the 2017 Hill Cumorah Pageant for the third year in a row.  They were well attended with positive feedack.

A lecture was presented on May 22, 2017 in Utah Valley, Lindon, Utah, hosted by the Empty Nesters Group at home of a member of the Lindon 1st Ward.  Attended by 40-45 individuals, it was very well recevived.  Refer to a comment in the Reviews tab for a sample comment. 

Another lecture was held Sunday, July 23, 2017 in the Wytheville VA area at the Ft Chiswell Ward Building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was well attended.  

The lecture originally scheduled for September 17, 2017 and which was cancelled as a result of Hurricane Irma, has been rescheduled.  It will be held on Sunday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Letter-day Saints,  

Past Lectures

The Author has made presentations to groups from Florida, to Texas, to Arizona, to Utah, to Kansas, to Missouri, to Ohio, and to Maine. They have been held in homes and in LDS stake and ward buildings, to groups as diverse as private home presentations, Single Adults fireside, at multi-ward building Sunday evening fireside, and midweek and Friday evening stake and ward firesides..

Refer to the comments section as a representation of the positive response by the attendees according to post evaluation surveys and reported comments.

Host a Lecture

If there is interest in hosting a presentation, either as a ward or stake fireside or in a home location with groups of 20 or more, please contact the Author to express interest. Such events usually take time to find dates that fit both the host's and the lecturer's schedules, establish approvals from local leaders, arrange for facilities, promote the event to the target audience, etc. Single events within the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee will be possible individually.  For locations elsewhere, the Author will take such interest under advisement to consider organizing coordinated lecture tours. When a tour is scheduled, it will be listed on the website with dates, times, locations and hosting party or groups.

Lecture Arrangements

The Author has all the necessary presentation equipment including projector and screen (if not available at the facility), presentation stand and materials. Promotional material in Word format can be provided so that the local host can modify it for local arrangements and use as posters, flier handouts, program inserts, e-mailers, etc. For lectures in spaces like chapels and larger meeting halls, the local host should make arrangements for a microphone.

Lecture Program

The introductory program is the responsibility of the host. It can be just a welcome, opening prayer and short introduction of the presenter; or if desired, or it may include an opening hymn after the welcome (“As I Search the Holy Scriptures” #277, is a good one). The one hour lecture is followed by a question and answer period with the timing of a closing prayer as determined by the host.  The presenter will remain afterwards to handle individual questions.


There is no cost related to the lecture.

Schedule a Lecture

Contact the Author if you are interested in scheduling a lecture. The Author will contact you to discuss details.