Thomas Stuart Ferguson lay in their hammock, sure he had discovered the promised land. It absolutely was raining for 5 hours inside the camp in tropical Mexico with this January that is late evening 1948, along with his three campmates had long because drifted off to fall asleep. But Ferguson had been vibrating with excitement. Wanting to inform somebody exactly what he previously seen, he dashed through the downpour to recover paper from their supply case. Ensconced in the hammock’s cocoon of mosquito netting, he clicked on his flashlight and started to compose a page home.
“we now have found a tremendously city that is great within the heart of вЂBountifulвЂ™ land,” Ferguson composed. In line with the Book of Mormon, Bountiful ended up being among the areas that are first by the Nephites, ancient individuals who supposedly sailed from Israel into the Americas around 600 B.C.E. Centuries later, in line with the scripture, Jesus seemed to the Nephites within the region that is same their resurrection. Mormons like Ferguson had been sure that these occasions had occurred when you look at the ancient Americas, but debates raged over just how their sacred lands mapped onto real-world geography. The Book of Mormon offered only scattered clues, talking about a slim isthmus, a river called Sidon, and lands to your north and south occupied by the Nephites and their enemies, the Lamanites.
After many years of learning maps, Mormon scripture, and Spanish chronicles, Ferguson had figured the Book of Mormon occurred round the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the narrowest component of Mexico. He had arrive at the jungles of Campeche, northeast associated with the isthmus, discover evidence.
While the group’s regional guide hacked a path through the undergrowth along with his machete, that evidence appeared to materialize before Ferguson’s eyes. “We have explored four times and possess found eight pyramids and several reduced structures and there are many more at every change,” he had written regarding the ruins he and their companions located on the shore that is western of de TГ©rminos. “Hundreds and perchance thousands of individuals must here have lived anciently. Continue reading