It always amazes me when I converse with people about the Book of Mormon just how many of them are so-called “experts” on Mesoamerica. But not long into conversations it turns out that they are far from experts. I was having one of these conversations the other day and the person said there is no evidence to support the Book of Mormon anywhere in the Americas. He admitted he didn’t actually research the topic as it is a waste of time. So I took the time to tell him of just some of the evidences that there are to support the Book of Mormon in the Americas. All this evidence has only been discovered or found out in the past 50 or so years.
If he really knew about Mesoameica he would know that there is a historical/Tribal Honduran town called Leja-Mani which translates to Lehi’s town.
He would also know that the Hopi Mayans also believe in the same teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Only recent discoveries of Ancient Sumerian Tablets in the middle-east and studies of the extinct language have found the Hopi-Mayan language to be almost identical to the Ancient Sumerian language of the Middle East.
Here are a few examples of the Hopi-Mayan words and Sumerian:
Father Creator in Hopi is KA
Father Creator in Sumerian is KA
Spiritual Guide (Holy Ghost) in Hopi is AKU
Spiritual Guide (Holy Ghost) in Sumerian is ALU
Dawn (sun rise) in Hopi is Akush
Dawn (sun rise) in Sumerian is Akush
If he really did bother to study he would also know that the Hill Cumorah is a place of rotten bones (battle grave). In Ancient Sumerian (An extinct language of the middle East) Cumorah means a rotten place i.e Graveyard.
As an “expert” on Mesoamerica he should also know that In the Ancient Lench language of tribal El Salvador and Honduras the word Mohmon translates to waters of grinding corn. Now in the Book of Mormon the waters of Mormon is a place of cleaning/Grinding corn in the water.
And also the Quiche Mayans spoken language is Ugaritic language. And as I stated before it is almost identical to Ancient Sumerian.
It was only recently that the Ugaritic language was translated into English and The names of Lehi and Nephi have been found throughout the Kesh-Mayan tribes in Guatemala.
Also I told him about the The Popul Vuh or written history of the Mayans. It contains many many stories that are identical to those found in The Book of Mormon.
Recent research on the newly decoded Mayan Glyphs have found many Sumerian and Hebrew words contained in the Glyphs.
(You can buy the Popul Vuh in Book stores or order online to see for yourself)
And also when the first Missionaries first went into Guatemala they spoke to the elders of the Hopi tribe. The Hopi tribe told them that there ancestors come from a place called Darahemla. If you know your Book of Mormon you will know that Zarahemla is a large city/Political division where many Nephites came from.
We actually ended up having a brilliant conversation smile emoticon
There is well over 4000 evidences for the Book of Mormon that has all been found in the past 50 years. Joseph Smith knew nothing of the evidences as they have only been discovered recently by archaeologists.