Here’s a link to the video shown General Conference weekend. The producers of the film used artists interpretations of the mounds and temple complexes built by the Hopewell, Adena, and Mississippian cultures of the heartland of North America. This backgound is more doctrinally accurate than previous films, in harmony with the prophetic history of the Book of Mormon and also supports Joseph Smith’s revelations. It’s AWESOME! Learn more about this ancient civilization that matches that of the Nephites in the link below the video
Nephite Explorer’s episode on the mound builders of North America
Article on Joseph Smith’s testimony of the Nephite Lands:
If you watched conference you would have likely seen the new video hosted by Elder D. Todd Christofferson and featuring several other Apostles which depicted Christ’s visit to the Nephites. But where was the setting depicting grassy covered mounds with wood structures on top?
ABOVE: LDS VIDEO IMAGE COURTESY THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS
Where is this? For those who’ve been following the Nephite Explorer project, you’ll reconize this setting was based on artists depictions of the Mound Builders or Hopewell and Adena and Mississippian civilizations of North America.
ABOVE PHOTO: CAHOKIA MOUNDS STATE HISTORIC SITE MURAL, OUTSIDE ST. LOUIS MO. Photo: Ryan Fisher
While it should be noted that the Mississippian culture flourished beginning in 800 AD, the Hopewell culture was also building similar structures between 500 BC and 400 AD in this area and throughout the mid-west from the Appalachian mountains in the east to the Rockey mountains in the west.
The dates and archeology of the Hopewell run tight parallels to that of the Nephites of the same time period and the Adena culture runs similar parellels to the Jaredites. For more information on these cultures and other archeology of North America and Book of Mormon parallels check out “Nephite Explorer Season One” which has “Search for the Nephite Lands” television series. For even better information on all of this read “The Book Of Mormon”
ABOVE: Cahokia mounds today Photo: Ryan Fisher
Above Cahokia museum Photo: Ryan Fisher
Tune in for the season premiere of “Secret oaths and combinations” April 6th on KJZZ channel 14 at 6:30PM. We dive into the Gadianton robbers from the Book of Mormon and seek to find out why Mormon chose to put that account in his record for our day. What did he see when he saw our day that motivated him to instruct us on secret combinations whose sole purpose was to get gain and over throw the liberty of the people. Its a mult part series with some great insights from researchers, authors and of course the Book of Mormon. It’s going to be good. Tune in at 4:30 or 6:30 PM after conference.
25 Therefore, choose you by the a of this people, judges, that ye may be b according to the c which have been given you by our fathers, which are correct, and which were given them by the hand of the Lord.
26 Now it is not common that the a of the people desireth anything b to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the c to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law—to do your business by the voice of the people.
27 And a the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land. (Mosiah 29)
The Nephites did build (the Gadianton robbers) up and support them, beginning at the more wicked part of them, until they had overspread all the land of the Nephites, and had seduced the more part of the righteous until they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils….
39 And thus they did obtain the sole management of the government, insomuch that they did trample under their feet and smite and rend and turn their backs upon the a and the meek, and the humble followers of God.
40 And thus we see that they were in an awful state, and a for an everlasting destruction. (Hel 6)
24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation (Ether 8)
LDS FILM FESTIVAL – presentation
I’m presenting at the LDS film festival today at 2PM at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah (745 South State Street).. If anyone would like to get the behind-the-scenes story of The Nephite Explorer Project, stop on by! – Ryan
Ryan Fisher will be presenting research related to Book of Mormon prophecies and our founding fathers along with Book of Mormon Geography and upcoming investigations on the Nephite Explorer TV program at the following location SATURDAY JANUARY 18TH. Everyone is welcome and the event is free to attend.
Jan 18th Saturday – 6PM-9PM
Old Archer School house
7833 South 200 West.