Zarahemla, Iowa Archaeological Excavation
Zarahemla, Iowa Archaeological Excavation
In the early spring of 1841 the Prophet Joseph Smith received a revelation that should have set the course of Book of Mormon geography studies, but its significance was not realized by his contemporaries. This revelation was a critical piece of the puzzle in the discovery of the lands of the Book of Mormon. It may have revealed the location of one of the most significant cities of the Nephites; th... [ read more ]
Articles & Information on the Heartland Geography
Feb. 6, 2015

"Is there evidence for the Book of Mormon?"

Millions have asked this question because the Book of Mormon is foundational to the Mormon faith - more accurately known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Many have wondered what evidence has been found in its support, as the book asserts to be a record of ancient peoples that came by ship from the Old World region of Israel to the America's where they developed into large and highly advanced civilizations with written language, walled cities, extensive roads, metal working, agriculture and a multitude of other sophisticated capabilities.

Claims have been made that there is no evidence to support its historical authenticity - or historicity.  This website is devoted to providing numerous ARTICLES, VIDEOS and other educational opportunities that demonstrate through archaeology, genetics, linguistics and many other fields that not only is there profound physical evidence for the validity of this ancient historical record, but that this evidence leads to further understandings of where this history actually took place, the role of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the importance of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Articles Index HERE - Video Gallery HERE.  

Book of Mormon Evidence Conferences
Jan. 8, 2015

The Firm Foundation Expo & 15th International Book of Mormon Evidence Conference is April 9-11, 2015 at Utah Valley Universities UCCU Events Center in Orem, Utah! 

Book of Mormon Evidence - Signs of the Times - Science & Mormonism - Holistic Health & Wellness - Emergency Preparedness & Camping - Constitution & Issues of Our Day - Food Preservation & Gardening 

There are over 50 presenters conducting over 130 classes during the three day event; along with live performances, art unveilings, launching of new film, television and magazine projects and more!  Come and enjoy this event with us...  tickets are only $15* single or $30 for the entire family (living in same household) for the entire 3-day event.  We anticipate 5,000-7,000 attendees!  Visit event home page HERE.

Overwhelming new evidence from multiple fields of study are showing that the Book of Mormon saga took place in what is now the Heartland of America. Entire families can now join in on this incredible learning opportunity with new research and evidences that the Book of Mormon lands were right here on the Promised Land of the United States of America. Over 100 classes are being offered on the US Constitution, holistsic health and wellness, preparedness, personal protection, alternative medicines, first-aid, food preservation, gardening and more! For Vendor information click HERE.


Conference Report:  The 14th International Book of Mormon Evidence Conference teamed with Do It Now Expo in October 2014 to offer the largest, most comprehensive event in the world dedicated to showing forth evidences of the Book of Mormon, Liberty, Freedom and Preparedness. 4,000+ attendee's came to hear over 50 speakers in more than 100 classes, along with entertainment, an LDS art gallery and educational and preparedness products.  This was our biggest conference yet and was 2014's ultimate event for everyone that loves liberty, the gospel, and self reliance.  To learn more click on the EVENT HOME PAGE HERE. Check out the Event Photo Gallery HERE. View the Speaker Schedule and Presentation Titles HERE

Our previous 13th Semi-annual International Book of Mormon Evidence Conference was held April 25-26, 2014 at the Scera XanGo Grande Theatre in Orem Utah.  This two day event included presentations by 20 diverse speakers, unveiling of new LDS artwork, the screening of a new film by the Joseph Smith Foundation and Musical performances by Nathan Osmond, Michele Baer, Kimberly Smith, and Karyn Grant.  Nearly 800 conference attendee's gathered in the newly remodeled Scera Theater in Orem, Utah along with artists and a wide variety of vendors with related educational and professional materials. The Provo Daily Herald published related stories in their Saturday and Sunday editions of the paper.  See the articles, Book of Mormon Conference Shares New Geographic Evidence on Saturday, and the Sunday article, Was Native American History Purposely Lost?  Both articles included photo's from the event. The conference was professionally recorded and can be purchased in a 4 DVD series for $40 (+$5 S&H).  Visit the Bookstore to order or call 801-429-9751

The 12th International Book of Mormon Evidence Conference Series was held October 3rd-4th, 2013 at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah with a near capacity crowd of over 500 attendee's. LDS faithful gathered together from around the world to experience 2 education-packed days with 15 distinguished speakers, inspiring musical performances, débuts of the new season of the television series Nephite Explorer, (now being aired on KJZZ-TV), new documentary films and publications, unveilings of new LDS paintings, and many powerful new evidences of the Book of Mormon.The conference was professionally recorded and can be purchased in a 4 DVD series for $40 (+$5 S&H).  Visit the Bookstore to order or call 801-429-9751

Previous Conference Reports

Click HERE for the 11th or HERE for the 10th or HERE for the 9th

2015 Book of Mormon Heartland Tours & Cruises!
Jan. 2, 2015

Is 2015 YOUR year to join us for a TOUR... or a CRUISE - of a lifetime?

 

Tour Group at Great Circle Earthworks

Book of Mormon Evidence "Heartland" Research Tours and Cruises

Join the hundreds of LDS faithful who have experienced the ultimate in LDS educational touring - and now CRUISING - with one of the "Heartland" geography's most knowledgable and enjoyable hosts... Book of Mormon geography expert, researcher, author and lecturer Rod MeldrumRod has teamed up with Legacy Tours and Travel and Cruise Lady to share wonderful opportunities to learn about and experience these sacred sites. 

See the full Schedule of Tours and Cruises 2015 HERE.  

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Land Tours

June   7-13    7-Day  Book of Mormon Evidence Tour

July 13-25   13-Day Church History & Pagents + Book of Mormon Evidence Tour

Sept 6-12   7-Day Book of Mormon Evidence Tour

Oct. 12-24  13-Day Autumn Splendor Church History + Book of Mormon Evidence Tour

To Be Announced - Rome, Italy Temple Open House and Land Tour of Italy! 

New!  Heartland Research Cruises - Cruise to these exotic locations with Rod Meldrum and enjoy personal presentations on board the ship on 'sea days' while sharing the experience of exploring these exotic destinations together!

Sept 13-20 8-Day East Coast U.S. History, New England & Canada Fall Foliage CRUISE!

Dec. 5-12   8-Day "Best of Exotic Mexican Riviera" CRUISE!

May 21-28, 2016 8-Day Alaska: "Exploring the Last Frontier" CRUISE!

 

 For "Heartland" Land Tours click HERE or call Legacy Tours and Travel directly at 877-221-5161 (Toll Free) or 801-683-0123

For "Heartland" Research Cruises click HERE or call Cruise Lady directly at 888-707-4386 (Toll Free) or 801-453-9444

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Missionary Work Special Offers
Dec. 9, 2014

The Book of Mormon is the "keystone" of our religion.  Thus defending its truths and providing evidence for its reality is critical in establishing its authenticity.  While a testimony of its truthfulness is gained through a witness of the Holy Spirit, the book itself prophesies that there will be evidence to establish its physical truth as well.  How can one have faith in the spiritual aspects of the book if one cannot rely on the physical aspects?  We have found that the Heartland Model Geography has the power to answer many critical questions regarding the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon which has been shown to dramatically increase missionary success.

With that in mind, we are offering several missionary enhancing educational materials for super-deep discounts to help in missionary efforts.  These discounts have certain restrictions outlined on our MISSIONARY SPECIALS PAGE HERE. 

Exploring The Book of Mormon In Americas Heartland
Mar. 10, 2014

For years the single most requested educational item, to learn more about and share this information, has been a large format, high-quality picture book.  Author and researcher Rod L. Meldrum created the first 200+ page heirloom quality photographic journey of discovery into the exciting new "Heartland Model" geography!  Its title is;

Exploring The Book of Mormon In America's Heartland - A Visual Journey of Discovery.

This beautiful and powerful book has enjoyed huge success and is now in its 5th printing (25,000 total)! 

For more info including a history of the progress of the book click on its webpage HERE.


Exploring the BoM in America's Heartland 30 sec. video

Over 300 stunningly beautiful and informational photographs combine with research, quotes, stories, artifacts, maps and scripture to make this the ultimate book on Book of Mormon evidences based on the Heartland Model. Enjoy some of the book pages by clicking on the PHOTO GALLERY page HERE.


Exploring the BoM in America's Heartland pages

From the Garden of Eden and Adam-ondi-Ahman to the restoration of the Gospel and the New Jerusalem —the “Heartland” of America is the setting of sacred and significant events throughout human history. This photographic book introduces the growing body of evidence that offers the very real probability of a North American setting for The Book of Mormon.

 

This visually compelling new book has a suggested retail of $39.95. Compare with other books of similar quality at $45-$60.  To purchase, go to the BOOKSTORE or visit Deseret Book and Seagull Bookstores everywhere, or Costco stores in Utah, Idaho, and Arizona. Also available on Amazon.com and other retail book outlets online. 

Nephite Explorer Television Series on KJZZ-TV
Jul. 13, 2013

National Geographic investigative journalist Ryan Fisher has produced an incredible made-for-television series called Nephite Explorer, by following clues from scriptural prophecy to help unlock mysteries from the Bible, Book of Mormon and American History.  He has made some startling discoveries…some that may rewrite American history.  The 14 episode series begins in Jerusalem and the exodus of Lehi’s family at 600 BC.  He travels to several locations in Israel which may have been along Lehi’s route south past the Dead Sea to the Red Sea.  He uncovers ancient prophecies regarding promised lands with their associated covenants which connect the old world and the new.  As he progresses into the covenants and promises of the Lord on these promised lands he finds incredible evidence that the Founding Fathers and other leaders of the United States believed and understood that they were establishing a latter-day promised land.

Click the Nephite Logo below to take you to the Video Gallery and scroll down to clip #106. 

Nephite Explorer Overview

Ryan travels to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York and historic sites of early America to talk with the experts regarding these promises and covenants.  What he finds is truly remarkable…and largely ignored by modern history books.  He then launches into a full scale investigation into the ancient inhabitants of this country, those that lived here during Book of Mormon time frames.  He finds evidences of an incredibly sophisticated civilization that closely matches the Nephites described in the Book of Mormon and introduces his audience to them through their artifacts, artwork, culture and archaeology.  The parallels he finds are nothing short of astonishing as Ryan utilized advances in science, technology, archaeology and history to further our understanding of the true history of the “most correct book on earth.”  Don’t miss a single episode of this thought provoking series which includes many interviews with noted scholars and experts. 

Watch the entire Nephite Explorer epidode 9 - Lands of the Nephites, Part 1 of a four part segment, by clicking the image below to take you to the Video Gallery, then scroll down to clip #107.

Nephite Explorer, Lands of the Nephites

 

Nephite Explorer in the NEWS!  Watch the KSL-TV news clip and article about Nephite Explorer HERE

Nephite Explorer on KSL-TV News

Nephite Explorer website homepage is HERE.  Check out the TV series schedule on KJZZ-TV HERE

What is the 5 DVD Book of Mormon Evidence series?
Sep. 1, 2010

The most exciting and comprehensive DVD series on Book of Mormon geography is available after over 2 years of gathering high-definition film footage, conducting interviews, and creating graphics that has taken 8 months of editing to complete.  You will experience this research like never before!  On location explanations, interviews with renowned filmmakers, artists, historians, and experts in several fields.  Over 9 hours of in-depth explanations and presentations that will have you saying like so many thousands of others, "Why didn't I know this before?"  This DVD series is being described as the most powerful evidence for the truthfulness and historicity of the Book of Mormon ever assembled by those who have previewed it. 

The 5 DVD disk series includes:

DVD 1; Prophecies and Promises; Promised Land Correlations with the United States of America

DVD 2; Joseph Smith; Joseph Smith and Book of Mormon Geography

DVD 3; DNA and the Book of Mormon; Rediscovering the Book of Mormon Remnant through DNA

DVD 4; Book of Mormon Correlations; Correlations between the Nephites and the Hopewell Civilization

DVD 5; The Heartland Geography; Mapping the Book of Mormon using the Heartland Geography

Each of the DVD's is approximately an hour an a half in length plus bonus features making them about 2 hours total viewing time per DVD.

You will see interviews with:

Elder Hartman Rector Jr., emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy

Kieth Merrill, award winning filmmaker and writer and director of 'Legacy' and 'The Testaments'

Wayne N. May, author and publisher of Ancient American magazine

Bruce H. Porter Ph.D., author and LDS ancient linguistics scholar, CES director

Kay Godfrey, 30 year Joseph Smith period historian and Church History tour host

David Lindsley, renowned LDS artist and painter of Joseph Smith artwork on the current Church manual

Dr. Robert Fuller, owner of the Zermatt Resort, Midway Utah.

Charles Allen, author of Out of Captivity and Zelph Mound location researcher

Shirley Whitlock, 15 year president of Eagle Forum of AZ, Constitutionalist

James Bradley, foremost expert and author of The Eternal Perspective of Zion's Camp

Jon McNaughton, renowned LDS artist and painter of One Nation Under God

Jason Millward, LDS sculptor, creator of Visions of the Past and The Promised Land sculptures

Michael Bedard, painter of the restoration, Nauvoo, IL

Cal Christensen, long time resident and historian of old Nauvoo

 

Click on the film frame below to see the introductory trailer to the DVD series

DVD Series Trailer graphic

 

The Lost Civilizations of North America DVD
Aug. 18, 2010

 Glenn Beck & Lost Civillizations

For over three months we have anxiously awaited the re-release of this paradigm shattering documentary film.  With over a dozen mainstream archaeologists, anthropologists, museum directors, geneticists, historians, authors and Native Americans, The Lost Civilizations of North America is an incredibly compelling new film that finally answers the question of why most Americans (and most Mormons) have never heard about the tremendous, highly advanced civilizations that once existed anciently in the 'Heartland' of the North American continent and why information about their origins have been systematically erased from American history.

 

Take a moment to watch the video trailer and clips from this fundamentally important film to all those interested in learning about all the exciting new evidences for the Book of Mormon as a literal historical record of real people and places. Watch Wednesday's broadcast of Glenn Beck on FOX NEWS referencing this documentary film by clicking HERE.

 

This hour long film will forever change your view about the strength of the claims of the Book of Mormon relative to where it may have taken place.  Nowhere has this level of evidence been provided by mainstream, non-Mormon scholars from so many diverse fields of expertise as you will find within this extraordinarily well done film.  This is truly the 'must see' film of 2011 for every Book of Mormon believer and skeptic alike!  It has been said that Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church, believed that someday the 'Gentiles' would prove out the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon...could it be that today is that day?  Watch this film and see what you think!

 

Opening of Ancient American Artifact Exhibit
May. 6, 2009

The Ancient American Artifact Exhibit is now open in Palmyra, New York, near the ancient Hill Cumorah and the modern day Sacred Grove.  This exhibit is housed in the luxurious Palmyra Inn, the nicest hotel accommodations near the Palmyra Temple and historic Palmyra.  Within the exhibit you will find ancient treasures dating back to before the time of Christ.  The ancient history in western New York and the heartland of the United States comes to life in this impressive exhibit that allows a glimpse into past civilizations that thrived here in the Promised Land during Book of Mormon times. If you have the chance to experience the sacred sites in New York or are planning to attend the Hill Cumorah Pageant, you do not want to miss this beautiful showroom quality exhibit. See the website at http://www.palmyrainn.com/

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Firm Foundation Expo & Conference 
Firm Foundation Expo and    the 15th International
Book of Mormon Evidence Conference
April 9-11,  2015! - Utah Valley University UCCU Events Center, Orem, Utah
 
- 3 Education-Packed Days
- Over 50 speakers, 100+ classes
- Book of Mormon Research
- Holistic Family Healthcare
- Disaster Survival Classes
- Emergency Food Storage
- Constitutional Studies
- Gospel in Art Gallery
- Musical Performances
 
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Come to the Rome, Italy Temple Open House in 2015 or 2016 and a tour of ITALY!  Join former Milan, Italy missionary Rod Meldrum and his lovely wife, Tonya, and celebrate this monumental occasion together...including a land tour of Rome, Venice, Pisa, Florence and Milan to witness the lands of the beginning of Christianity and the growth of the Church in this 'vinyard.'

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Quote by Austin Farrar
The relationship between rational argument (evidence) and belief.

"Though argument does not create conviction, lack of it destroys belief.

What seems to be proved may not be embraced: but what no one shows the ability to defend is quickly abandoned.

Rational argument does not create belief, but it maintains a climate in which belief may flourish."

 For more information about the truths of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ we invite you to visit www.LDS.org

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This website and research has been accomplished through private means and represents the opinions of the researchers only.  Like all proposed theories regarding Book of Mormon geography it is not endorsed, sponsored by, or affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has an official position of neutrality regarding Book of Mormon geography and has endorsed no proposed geography. 

The work described herein is the research and information of an independent organization in support  of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon as a literal ancient historical and prophetic record witnessing of the divinity of Jesus Christ, and the wisdom and knowledge of the Prophet, Joseph Smith.