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  Zarahemla.site and Heartland Research Group
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 05-16-2020, 12:12 AM - Forum: Share Photos and Information - No Replies

I am part of the Heartland Research Group and would recommend you visiting Zarahemla.site for information on efforts to subsurface magnetic scans of the ground and also LiDAR aerial drone surveys. The site is run by John Lefgren and it's the latest greatest ground-breaking stuff on uncovering the ancient city of Zarahemla. Highly recommended.

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  Map Cruncher and Book of Mormon Geography
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 05-15-2020, 11:41 PM - Forum: General Comments - No Replies

A major corner has been turned in the development of the Zarahemla Centric Heartland Model (ZCHM) of the Book of Mormon. Having added Jaredite locations to the model and putting Entities and Relationships into a database, I have now commenced a Visual Studio software project that will handle all aspects of the ZCHM (or any other model) in a generic data driven way. Basically, accurately tracking 872 geography data points is just too overwhelming, even for me, who is fully dedicated to it. The software program, tentatively called "Map Cruncher" will be made available to everyone for download and will allow anyone to define and create, alter, and use any database driven model for what they think the Book of Mormon says and also what they think the map should be and then have the Map Cruncher automatically compare the Book of Mormon definitions against the map definitions. The program will use GPS coordinates, entity definitions, application rules, and interpretation rules to validate both maps and Book of Mormon definitions, bearings and distances, pointing out issues, missing relationships (like syllogisms), and contradictory definitions. It will provide extensive reporting capabilities. I am creating the program now even as I write this. I am far enough along to know that yes, I will succeed with it. I estimate three more months for version 1 to be available.

My goal from the beginning of this project has been to bring researchers and interested individuals together in a way that can move serious studies of the Book of Mormon forward and help provide a consensus for geography. Consensus will be a powerful thing. However the geography aspect of the Book of Mormon, in terms of the ZCHM Entity Relationship Table, has been way too complicated and overwhelming for others to grasp, so I am expecting this tool will help and provide a means for everyone to help improve the model.

The geography of the Book of Mormon is extremely important. It was included to be a testimony of the historical reality of the Book of Mormon and the geography (the land of the Book of Mormon) is tied to the covenants of the Lord. We as a people just haven't done well in the past and have got to do better. Imagine if the location of the Jerusalem of the Bible was unknown and therefore considered by many to be just a fictional place? We will do better with the Book of Mormon. We must do better. I am seeing to it personally and hoping you will join in my efforts.

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  Navigational Improvements and ZCHM Presentation Enhancements
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 05-15-2020, 11:01 PM - Forum: Site Improvement - No Replies

Some significant upgrades have been made, in the last month or so, for navigating the Entity Relationship Table in Section 3.2. Now, while the 3.2 accordion display is open, internal #goto links are provided for each an every entity reference, and the jump is immediate. This makes it very easy to explore the model components from any angle one may wish. Some refinements have also been made to the Entity Model nomenclature, to add rules references, and provide distance information. Also, other sections throughout have been upgraded, added, or replaced in ways too numerous to mention. For example, Section 2.2.1 is brand new.

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  Jaredites added to the map
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 05-15-2020, 10:45 PM - Forum: Physical Model - No Replies

Having added Jaredite geographical locations to the logical model, I needed to also add Jaredite locations to a physical map. At first, I made a separate master map for the Jaredites but I decided it would be better to have just one master map as that highlights the correspondences and overlap between Nephite and Jaredite locations. It made it very tight to fit in all the names in a tight space in the Desolation/Moron area but I think I finally managed it okay. It's all color coded so that should help. The map upgrade for the people of Jared was completed April 15, 2020.

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  Adding Jaredite places to the ZCHM
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 05-15-2020, 09:33 PM - Forum: Logical Model - No Replies

The Jaredite portion of the model was completed in record time - about 8 months ahead of schedule.

The number of Jared places is few. In fact, only one single Jaredite city is specifically named, although the book of Ether says there were many Jaredite cities. Ether's abridgement was abridged again by Mormon. Fortunately, there are some correspondences between Jaredite locations and Nephite locations that help get a bearing and make it possible, given topographical considerations, to narrow the scope and make some reasonable placements. A key to the situation is to realize that the land of Moron was the capital and contained the throne of the king. In tracing the line of the kings and the brief history for each this becomes very apparent. Another key is that the land of Moron is in the land designated by the Nephites as "Desolation" because of widespread destruction the early Nephite explorers found there. And then again, the statement that the hill Ramah is the same as the hill Cumorah gives a positive identification for the narrative of the final battles that took place.

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  Jaredite Map
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 03-04-2020, 04:04 PM - Forum: Logical Model - No Replies

About three years ago I created my first Jaredite map. It is unpublished until I could formally complete the geographical entity definitions. Then the Jaredite research was put on the shelf until the Nephite mapping could be completed. There are overlapping locations for Jaredite vs Nephite map locations so it was important to complete the Nephite mapping first as the foundational piece, since the Jaredite mapping is more difficult.

Having completed the 3rd round of upgrades on the Nephite mapping model, I have started adding Jaredite locations to the Entity Relationship table online and also to the corresponding database. The Jaredite entities are still preliminary and there is a note to that effect with each Jaredite entry into the Entity Relationship table. At the end of this phase a Jaredite map will be published online. Target date is January 2021.

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  2.2.1 The Book of Mormon in North America
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 03-04-2020, 05:01 AM - Forum: General Comments - No Replies

I have added a new section 2.2.1 "The Book of Mormon in North America" which contains a treatise on the false theories of the Book of Mormon events and the hill Cumorah being located in Central America. I have made here the best argument I can for the truth of the Book of Mormon land of promise. This is a matter of great importance.

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  Entity Relationships moved to database for validation and analysis
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 10-15-2019, 09:25 PM - Forum: Logical Model - No Replies

Recently the Book of Mormon geographical "entity relationships" (see section 3.2 of http://theholyscriptures.info/BookOfMorm...nantLands/) have been converted from a simple list to database tables. This has allowed me to write programs that validate the information for consistency, verifying there are no conflicts. Additionally, the data was parsed to produce all potential logical relationships not actually stated in the Book of Mormon, and where missing, these logical relationships have been added as additional data points only implied by the Book of Mormon narrative. None of these should be overlooked. For example if the Book of Mormon says that A is north of B, we also know that B is south of A, by inference. Automating the process of identifying inferences has me helped better distinguish and and define sub entities. For example, Zarahemla is a Book of Mormon geographical entity and now the differences between the land of Zarahemla and the city of Zarahemla are more sharply defined.

With a total now of 743 entity relationships these kinds of tasks became just too complex to accurately perform manually. Thorough and accurate checking can now easily be repeated at any time to verify consistency when considering amendments. This is the 4th generation of the Zarahemla Centric entity relationships listings and each redo has expanded, refined, and improved the logical model definitions.

This database and scanning work is also in preparation for creating a Book of Mormon map analysis program that will take any Book of Mormon interpretation of geography and compare it to any map definition to validate, audit and report results. With this program tool, there will be no need for error-prone interpretations and error-prone maps.

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  ER database
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 07-07-2019, 05:14 AM - Forum: Site Improvement - No Replies

For ease and accuracy of analysis I've decided to give priority to putting the entity relationship information into a database. Then I can write programs to audit the model for possible inconsistencies, reverse relationships (of A is north of B then B is south of A), and new relationships not yet considered.

This provides a means for automated scoring that results from changes to the Zarahemla Centric physical model or other completely different physical models.

I will also create a reverse index that shows the relationships by entity. Right now it is only the entities by relationship.

I am researching GPS mapping for the entities as well as plotting GPS coordinate paths between entities for distance (days travel). These two databases will take the Zarahemla Centric Model to a whole new level of accuracy and completeness.

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  Heartland Research Group
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 07-07-2019, 04:34 AM - Forum: Share Photos and Information - No Replies

John Lefgren has been leading a group of interested people pursuing archeological findings at Wayne Mays proposed site for the ancient Zarahemla temple. I am one of those people. What has been found so far is a compacted sand base 4" below the surface that is about 130' long by 90' wide by 21' deep. The precise dimensions of this sand base are not yet determined but is in progress. The sand base is distinctly different from the loamy soils that surround it, suggesting that it is of human construction. It's too early to draw conclusions but soil and sand testing is in progress. Aerial photography and ground penetrating magnetometers are also being planned/considered that can show subsurface signs of ancient human habitations in a target 10,000 acre area. Here are some photos and diagrams from John Lefgren of the research being planned.

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