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  Volunteers Needed
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 10-26-2017, 11:21 PM - Forum: Site Improvement - No Replies

Help is needed in the following areas for http://theholyscriptures.info/BookOfMormonCovenantLands

  • Writers - improve the writing. I know it can be improved.
  • Proofreaders - find typos and inconsistencies.
  • Graphic artists - improve the maps and presentation display.
  • Analysts - review the logical model for corrections and additions

For aesthetics I am considering taking the site design away from the accordion style chapter display and moving it to the WordPress TwentySeventeen template. For right now however, the accordion style is probably easiest to maintain and navigate while content is being actively added.

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  Jonathan Neville
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 10-21-2017, 06:46 PM - Forum: Share Photos and Information - No Replies

I would like to recommend the writings of Jonathan Neville. He has really got it together when it comes to the Book of Mormon history and geography. 

I recommend these websites:

  • http://www.lettervii.com/
  • http://bookofmormonwars.blogspot.com/
and these books: 
  • Moroni's America
  • Letter VII: Oliver Cowdery's Message to the World about the Hill Cumorah
  • The Lost City of Zarahemla

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  Progress 10/21/17
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 10-21-2017, 06:39 PM - Forum: General Comments - No Replies

In my prior post I estimated June 2018 has the completion date for the Logical and Physical Models. I think I am a little ahead of that schedule. I have added to my task-list the creation of a detailed timeline chart of events and persons in the Book of Mormon. I think this will help with the history and the geography and I believe that “Chronology is the backbone of history”. However for the Book of Mormon, I have never seen the chronology done to the level of detail that I would like. It is a separate project though. Finally, I also have a goal of studying the archaeology research of Wayne May and others and tying that in to the physical and logical models. That is also a separate project.

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  Nephite Physical Model - Round 1 complete
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 10-21-2017, 06:26 PM - Forum: Physical Model - No Replies

I wish I could devote full time to completing this project, but alas I have a life and full time work to attend to. Nevertheless I have completed "round 1" of the Nephite physical model (maps) and every local in the Book of Mormon is represented in the maps. When I say "round 1" that is because this whole site undergoing renovation. Each section provides new information that been researched and often requires going back and adjusting prior maps and sometimes (rarely) even adjusting the logical model entity relationships. 

Right now I am also almost done with round 1 of the Jaredite physical model. 

As I have mentioned before, the TheHolyScriptures.info/BookOfMormonCovenantLands is still pretty much under the radar. Although not yet finished, I leave it online as motivation to continue what is now a nearly three year project. After "Round 2" and proofreading I will begin to actively promote the site and seek input from a wider group, especially those researchers who activity work on aspects of the "Heartland" approach to the Book of Mormon.

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  Location of the city Nephi
Posted by: elkmeister - 05-13-2017, 03:38 AM - Forum: General Questions - Replies (1)

I am thinking of the Ohio river Mississippi confluence as a better location for the city of Nephi perhaps somewhere near Mound City. It is closer to where the waters of Mormon may be and I believe close enough to the Land of Zarahemla to be made in the time allotted for the Journey. Of course I assume an average daily travel 25 miles. I choose this range because even though I am over 60 years old and a little overweight I could do this with a moderate pack of 40 to 50 lbs. I assume that Nephites are not of the couch potato variety that we are these days. 3 miles per hour when moving in haste is not extreme and if a person is trying to escape I would be moving a minimum of all the daylight hours. Just a thought. so I am thinking at least 250 miles in ten days fro the Land of Nephi to the Land of Zarahemla.

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  General Answers to Questions
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 12-15-2016, 07:35 PM - Forum: General Questions - No Replies

Here are the questions I would anticipate and answers to each.

Q. Why have you done this Book of Mormon research?

A. I believe it vitally important to better understand the special purposes and destiny of North America in Gods plan for the latter days, and what that means for those that live there. I find it very satisfying to read the Book of Mormon with a mental picture of the land involved and the important religious doctrines that apply to those lands. I expect there are some inaccuracies in my current model because of  limited information and incomplete research but I believe these are minor, and temporary. The Entity Relationship logical model provides evidence of Book of Mormon's internal consistency, and is therefore a testimony of the divine source of the text.

Q. Are you saying that everyone else is wrong with their models and that you are right?

A. There have been many maps and theories for the Book of Mormon locations published over the years. They contradict each other because little has been accomplished in the way of consensus or collaboration - but I have tried to learn from each of them. In fact, most of the foundational work of what I have placed into my framework originates from the efforts of others.

My goal is to discover truth with an open mind and apply the scientific method to arrive at the best possible answer. The process of experimentation is also described in the Book of Mormon itself.

Alma 32
27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
28 Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves--It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
29 Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea; nevertheless it hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge.
30 But behold, as the seed swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, then you must needs say that the seed is good; for behold it swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow. And now, behold, will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith: for ye will say I know that this is a good seed; for behold it sprouteth and beginneth to grow.
31 And now, behold, are ye sure that this is a good seed? I say unto you, Yea; for every seed bringeth forth unto its own likeness.
32 Therefore, if a seed groweth it is good, but if it groweth not, behold it is not good, therefore it is cast away.
33 And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs know that the seed is good.

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Diagram illustrating the "Scientific Method". In my case, "Test with an Experiment" means to validate the physical model (the map) with the logical model (the Entity Relationship Table). For "Procedure Working?", I read the Book of Mormon, with map in hand, to validate that it fits (is plausible with) the text of the Book of Mormon.

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  Book of Mormon scripted series
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 12-15-2016, 07:13 PM - Forum: Share Photos and Information - No Replies

Back in early September, I contacted Aaron Merrell, a film/video producer for the Church, to propose a Church sponsored quality scripted series on the Book of Mormon based on my Physical Model and timelines, with my role as a producer/consultant. I have a mental vision and a real zeal for how such a project could turn out, as being great entertainment while introducing the Book of Mormon and its doctrines to the world. I would like the Book of Mormon to be more "real" to a general audience, create a better climate of belief, and fulfill it's prophetic destiny as a "marvelous work and a wonder". Well, we exchanged six emails and Bro. Merrell was really kind in looking into it. However, they had already started the new Book of Mormon project based on the same approach of "The Life of Christ" video series - a series of vignettes, and not a scripted series. That's okay though because that needs to happen first I think before something for a general audience is attempted. ... Besides, my work is not complete yet.

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  Scope of the Physical Model
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 12-15-2016, 06:42 PM - Forum: Physical Model - No Replies

The entire Land of Nephi locales have been added to the Physical Model since my last post. Also, much more has been done for the Land of Zarahemla. Then I have finished scoping out all the major remaining sections of the Physical Model and with the relevant scriptures. The scriptures are actually in the page but not visible yet and the headings are grayed out until I add the commentary and the graphics and maps. Scoping this out gives me some light at the end of the tunnel and goals to work towards. 

Jeri and I are planning to spend a month in Missouri this spring. On week-ends we'll be exploring the Big Springs/Waters of Mormon and other sites south south of St Louis/Nephi and also north in the Zarahemla area. We should come back with lots of good photos and additional insights.

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  TheHolyScriptures.info makeover
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 12-15-2016, 06:32 PM - Forum: Site Improvement - No Replies

Just completed a makeover of the scriptures display and search tool. It is customized for my research use and I use it extensively. Changes include making it more phone and tablet touch friendly, adding sound, more chapter headings, bug fixes. Scripture annotations are turned off for now until I add more information, including pronunciation guides. One of the problems currently is poor browser support for css user-select. I need just the scripture text to be selectable and copied, excluding any metadata. Right now only the Firefox browser is doing this the correct way, so I'll need to wait for better implementation of HTML5 standards.

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  Missionary Journeys of Alma II and introduction to captain Moroni.
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 11-01-2016, 08:47 PM - Forum: Physical Model - No Replies

More progress. In documenting Alma II's missionary journeys, I have been able to place Melek, Sidom, Ammonihah, Antionum, and Noah in the Physical Model for the first time as well as a more precise location for the City of Manti. This has also allowed the Battle of Jershon and the 2nd Battle of Manti to be diagrammed out.

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