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General Answers to Questions
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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.

[Image: ScientificMethod.png]
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.

For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, 
until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
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