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  Ancient Medicine From Zarahemla
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 12-01-2020, 09:38 PM - Forum: Expeditions of the Heartland Research Group - No Replies

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AN ANCIENT AND POWERFUL MEDICINAL PLANT FOUND ON THE ZARAHEMLA TEMPLE SITE
During the last month, people have become aware of the health benefits from a plant that Dr. Kevin Price discovered six weeks ago growing on the Zarahemla Temple Site. Based on existing literature, the health benefits from the oils of this plant will be significant. At the end of the Heartland Research Group Expedition during the first week of August 2020, volunteers harvested 13 pounds of fresh plant material directly from the center of the sand mound that is the foundation of the Zarahemla temple. The plant material was flown to Utah where its precious essential oils were extracted within 24 hours after harvest by Dana Young, Founder and President of Be Young Total Health. The appearance, smell, and taste of the essential oils confirm that the plant has the properties of world-class essential oils that are used for many medicinal purposes. These expectations, however, can only be confirmed through rigorous tests in a certified essential oils testing laboratory.
The extracted essential oil from the first harvest has been hand-delivered to a third-party testing laboratory that specializes in gas chromatography and mass spectrometry analyses to certify its chemical composition and purity. The laboratory report will be completed in the next few weeks. While the chemical make-up of this plant has been reported in another country, we are excited to see how the uniqueness of this area and the preservation by the ancient people have molded the DNA of this plant to produce this exquisite healing essential oil. The report will confirm the essential oil chemistry of the plant found on the Zarahemla Temple site and a summary of the findings will be posted on this Facebook Page and on www.zarahemla.site.
We have mounting evidence that this plant was cultivated more than 2,000 years ago by people who are found in the Book of Mormon. The plant is tied to a verse in the 46th chapter of the Book of Alma. Alma was living in Zarahemla at the time when he wrote:
"... there were some who died with fevers, which at some seasons of the year were very frequent in the land—but not so much so with fevers, because of the excellent qualities of the many plants and roots which God had prepared to remove the cause of diseases, to which men were subject by the nature of the climate."
Malaria was a seasonal disease that causes severe fever during certain seasons of the year throughout the Heartland of the US. This dreadful disease was not eradicated from the US until 1951.
Seeds from the plant will soon be ready for harvest. In a few weeks, we intend to harvest these seeds under the supervision of a trained botanist. The seeds naturally fall from the plant directly to the ground which means their dispersal method is more in place than plants that use longer distance dispersal mechanisms such as wind and clinging to the fur coats of animals and dropped in more distant locations. Based on the dominance and geographic distribution of this plant, its dispersion seems to have been dependent on the deliberate action and migratory direction of ancient people. None of the plants are noticeable in the fields and roadside areas for miles around the Zarahemla Temple site. Visual areal correspondence analysis shows strong mapping-pattern agreement between the plant distribution and Hopewell cultural settlement sites in the State of Iowa, and authors of newly found documents report that the plant is found abundantly in the sandy areas around the Great Lakes region, another area where Hopewell people were also heavily concentrated. These findings suggest the Hopewell people, were maintaining this plant for its medicinal qualities. We found it thriving in the Zarahemla Temple area, but most strongly associated with the sandy area where the temple was located and along an ancient berm created by the Hopewell people near their temple. The plant appears to be a living artifact from the Book of Mormon.
Centuries ago, the Europeans came and gave Native People smallpox while at the same time these intruders ignored the health benefits that the Natives could have given them for the cure of malaria -- sickness from the old world and health in the new world. This was an unfortunate situation. For 300 years of European domination, the healing properties of this ancient plant have been hiding in the weeds. It is now time for these benefits to be made available to the world. Published studies have shown that important essential oils also found in this plant are effective against every strain of bacteria for which it was tested, and the EPA recently approved the use of sterilizing compounds that are found in this plant for cleaning surfaces for bacteria and viruses.
It is also interesting to note a clear correlation of the plant's dispersal with locations of those people who are identified in the Book of Mormon. From Florida to Iowa and from Iowa to the Great Lakes the plant is found within the habitation areas of the Hopewell people, whom we believe to have been the Nephites described in the Book of Mormon. These people carried the seeds of the plant in pouches and planted them as they moved from one location to another. We are extremely excited about bringing the plant from the Temple of Zarahemla Site back to the attention and benefit of our time. Heaven knows that we have suffered too much from strange diseases. It is now time for the ancient world of the Nephites to come forth to help us as we try to improve our health and wellness.
Please help in our continued search for Zarahemla. If you would like to contribute to these efforts you can do so by going to www.zarahemla.site.

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  Zarahemla Expedition, August 3rd to August 6th, 2020
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 12-01-2020, 09:19 PM - Forum: Expeditions of the Heartland Research Group - No Replies

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Zarahemla Expedition - August 2020
The search for the crossing of Alma's army at harvest time in 87 B.C. has begun. Here is the aerial view from the Zarahemla Temple Site looking southeast across the River Sidon. Alma's firsthand account of his fighting against Amlici took place in the water within the framework of this picture.

There were as many as 100 people who participated in the Zarahemla Expedition from August 3rd to August 6th on the Sidon River. This expedition was the most serious effort since Cumorah to use the tools of modern science to find a direct linkage from the text of the Book of Mormon to the hills, valleys, and waterways that are only found in the Land of Zarahemla.


The participants in the Expedition took thousands of photos and made hundreds of hours of videos during the week of discovery. We encourage all who were there to share their personal experiences on social media. We know that there are millions of faithful people who are interested in learning how the rich details from Alma, Chapter 2, are integrated into the terrain. The features from the narration clearly identify the lay of the land from Hill Amnihu, down the Valley of Gideon, across the River Sidon, and onto the Great City of Zarahemla. No other event in the Book of Mormon has more details within a time frame of 36 hours and an area of 64 square miles.

No other location in the world has the terrain features so perfectly in order. The linkage of the text to the land is the key to the physical reality of the Book of Mormon. Soon more details will come forth and they will only increase the validity of the real history that is found in Alma, Chapter 2.

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  Estimated Economic Cost for Zarahemla Expedition
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 12-01-2020, 09:13 PM - Forum: Expeditions of the Heartland Research Group - No Replies

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The above table shows the estimated real cost for organizing the August 2020 Zarahemla Expedition. The expedition would have never been possible without the donations of 200 donors and 20 volunteers. The estimated cost of the search is $132,700. The search involves the talents of nearly two dozen professionals who are using the best scientific tools available. The results of the search will be made available to the world through social media. All serious viewpoints are considered. We ask that outsiders limit their comments to the physical evidence. We are seeking to confirm the truth as found in the text of the Book of Mormon, Alma, Chapter 2. If other people have alternative views, we welcome their careful and thoughtful insights. We wish to hold all outside views to the same stands of investigation that we are following. We ask that in your responses you first start with the text as found in the Book of Mormon. We recognize that the Book of Mormon covers the history of 1,000 years and as many as a million square miles. We ask everyone to concentrate on the Battle of Zarahemla that occurred at harvest time in 87 B.C. within a timeframe of 36 hours and 64 square miles. The text provides details for a rich narrative that relates to the movements of three armies over the hills, valleys, and waterways of a specific area that is subject to the careful measurement of engineers and scientists. These physical details will keep us focused as we try to have a meaningful dialogue.

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  Riverboat "TRUTH" Starts Her Search at the River Sidon
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 12-01-2020, 09:10 PM - Forum: Expeditions of the Heartland Research Group - No Replies

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Riverboat Christened "TRUTH"
In preparation for next week's Zarahemla Expedition, Jeff Green today christened the 32-foot pontoon riverboat "TRUTH". In a tradition that goes back thousands of years, Jeff christened the boat with her new name and asked that she would grant safety for all passengers on future voyages.
Today the riverboat is outfitted in Missouri. In two days she will be on the road making her way to the River Sidon. The destiny of the vessel is clear. It will become an instrument in the hands of 20 professionals who will use for the first time the power of modern technologies to unveil a path that Alma's army took when they walked across the River Sidon from the east bank to the west bank at harvest time in 87 B.C. in defense of the Great City of Zarahemla.
The sonar equipment is mounted on board. The new technology is capable of locating objects that are as small as a drinking cup from the bottom of the river. The riverboat christened "TRUTH" will now bring the wonders of scanning technologies to discover debris that has been under water for 2,000 years. Next Wednesday trained SCUBA drivers will go off the deck of 'TRUTH" into the water to search on the river's bottom for that evidence that Nephite, Almicite and Lamanite armies drop when they fought in 87 B.C. at the west bank of the River Sidon.
We believe that this search is the first time since the publication of the Book of Mormon when the tools of modern scientific are brought to sites that are directly associated with events that are recorded in the Book of Mormon.
We are grateful for your prayers and support.

Gather at the River Sidon as "TRUTH" Starts Her Search
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  Ancient Background and Modern Foreground - Temple of Zarahemla
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 12-01-2020, 08:24 PM - Forum: Expeditions of the Heartland Research Group - No Replies

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Jerusalem and its Temple are at the center of the ancient accounts and modern reconstructions of the social and political history of the Jews. The destruction of the First Temple by Babylon in 586 BC and the Second Temple by Rome in AD 70 is critical to our understanding of the setting for much of the Old Testament as well as the New Testament. These two destructions are separated by nearly six centuries. Significantly both destructions occurred on the same day in the Hebrew Calendar. The destructions are widely understood as “catastrophe” and "formative" for both Judaism and Christianity. Ever since the Second Temple's destruction, a prayer for the reconstruction of a Third Temple has been a formal and mandatory part of Jewish prayer services.
The Book of Mormon is a sacred history of a people who left Jerusalem in 600 BC before the destruction of the First Temple. By the time of King Benjamin, the Temple of Zarahemla on the west bank of the River Sidon played an important role in the rituals and practices of these people whose forefathers had left centuries before Jerusalem. It was at the Temple of Zarahemla during the Feast of Tabernacles where King Benjamin gave his final instructions to his people. It was at the Temple of Zarahemla during the Feast of Passover where Samuel the Lamanite gave his five-year prophecy of the birth of Christ. The City of Zarahemla 2,000 years ago was not just the country's center of government, trade, and industry, but it was also the center of ritual and religion. It seems clear when we find the location of the Temple of Zarahemla, we will at the same time have located the central place for the City of Zarahemla.
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  What We Have Confirmed - Wayne May's Zarahemla Temple Site
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 12-01-2020, 08:06 PM - Forum: Expeditions of the Heartland Research Group - No Replies

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Dear Heartland Research Group friends:
I am writing this message to provide details about what recently happened in terms of strong evidence supporting the location of the Zarahemla Temple location. Some very compelling evidence has developed in support of the site location.
Some of you know that yesterday (Thursday, July 9th) I was emailed three aerial color infrared photographs over the Zarahemla temple site. These were sent to me from Calvin Hamilton asking me whether I could see the temple site in the photographs. In their unenhanced form, no I could not see the temple site in the photographs, but as some of you know, I taught remote sensing for 30 years at three universities and I taught courses at the graduate level and served as the graduate thesis and dissertation adviser to 80+ PhD and MS/MA graduate students who were specializing in remote sensing. If I cannot squeeze hidden patterns out of an image, especially a color infrared (CIR) image, then we are all in trouble. CIR film was developed during WWII by Kodak to help detect camouflage that the enemy was using to hide things on the ground. If a feature on the ground is a real plant then they will appear red in the photograph, but if camouflage, it will be purple in color on the photograph.
The first attached image is a panel in which I have placed the original 2010 CIR image from Calvin (left side), the middle image is one I enhanced using a non-linear contrast stretch, and finally, the far-right image I created using a specialized index to extract subtle information (plant biomass, cover, leaf area index, leaf orientation in 3D space, health, etc.) about vegetation out of an image. It is called the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). After computing the NDVI using the red and near-infrared wavelengths of light, I immediately saw what I thought might be the rectangular area of the temple site and sent it to Wayne for confirmation. The temple site is the redder rectangular area on the right side of the third image was joyfully confirmed by Wayne as the temple location. Wayne also indicated that there were other structures that were obviously impacting the patterns in the image.
The second attached image is one that Wayne superimposed while lines delineating the rectangle that is over the temple site location and notice the red pattern I identified fits very nicely in the box. Wayne has used a manual method of doing “areal correspondence analysis” which is a way of determining how well patterns on two maps match each other spatially. For example, is there 80% overlap between two maps? The more overlap, the higher the areal correspondence between the two features. It appears to me there is close to 100% areal correspond between Wayne’s map and the NDVI map. Wayne aligns his maps based on key features in the image.
The third attached image shows some linear patterns in the 2019 CIR image Calvin sent. I have marked the linear features using white arrows. The vegetation was much heavier in 2010, so I do not see these features in that image. These features are likely modern, but I do not know, so I think we might want to look more carefully at these patterns. Wouldn’t it be cool if they turned out to be streets of the city of Zarahemla? With my luck, they are compaction tracks in the field.
I decided to compute some basic summary statistics from samples of the spectral values inside the temple plot vs. outside the temple plot (see graph). What I found was that the Red Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) values were highly statistically different on the inside vs the outside of the temple plot (by 11.9 NDVI values, which is a lot since the standard deviation values for the samples were less than 3 for both samples). Why do we want to know this – what if Wayne is showing the NDVI map to an audience and an academic says something like this “I see the pattern on the NDVI map, but I am wondering how different were the NDVI values inside the temple area vs outside the temple area. Wayne could not answer, “the NDVI values were 11.9 values different, and the samples were very similar in reflectance within and outside the temple area. While looking at the graph he could say, notice that within the temple plot, the NDVI values were 154.4 out of a possible 255, with a standard deviation of 2.3 and the NDVI outside the temple plot were 166.3 our of 255, with a standard deviation of 2.9. These very long standard deviation values tell us that the two sites were homogenous with respect to their reflectance and therefore, the chances of getting these differences in reflectance by random chance are less than 5 times out of 100. This probability very strong and consider it very acceptable for this kind of work.
The temple plot is reflecting light in the red and near-infrared wavelengths differently than the areas outside the temple and the rectangular shape of the plot tells us that it was made by humans. The lower NDVI values within the temple plot tell us there is less green vegetation in the temple plot than outside the temple plot, which would be expected with the sandy texture of the temple plot soils. I believe that the differences are not because of the differences in soil colors as much as it is because of the difference in plant types and the amount of green plant material. There is LESS green plant material within the temple plot.
Some of you know how this Zarahemla site was originally located. If you do, you know now you have witnessed the Lord proving it was found by revelation. To put the odds into perspective the area between Montrose and Fort Madison is about 16,000 acres. The temple site is about 0.20 acres in area. This spot was correctly identified to the foot within a 16,000-acre area. Some might call it luck, I do not have enough faith to call it luck.
Best wishes,
Dr. Kevin Price

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  Discovery of Zarahemla - August 3rd to August 6th
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 12-01-2020, 07:58 PM - Forum: Expeditions of the Heartland Research Group - No Replies

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We are putting together the details for our Expedition for the Discovery of Zarahemla. The above schedule of events is in the planning stage. We want to bring it to the attention of those people who have made donations to support this research. We invite donors to come and see what will come out of the ground and water. We know of no other events that are more serious in the discovery of the geography of the Book of Mormon than these. You will have a chance to become familiar with the sonar images from the bottom of the River Sidon where Alma crossed with his army during the time of harvest in 87 B.C. The search will succeed because you are willing to support the Heartland Research Group in its efforts to find the lost city of Zarahemla. We know that this is important work and will only grow from here. If we were to find only 0.1% of what was once Zarahemla, we would still find more than a ton of evidence.
We know that the open house will have an important impact at the grassroots level. Content for social media will come out of our August expedition and that will greatly affect our ability to raise money and awareness for our research. If you want to participate in these events, please contact us by return email.
Because of your past support we are now ready for four days exploration on the Upper Mississippi.
Take a look at this YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm8t4IIOD-A

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  Wayne May has received permission from site owner to search for Zelphs reburied bones
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 12-01-2020, 07:57 PM - Forum: Expeditions of the Heartland Research Group - No Replies

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The world is full of dead men's bones. The search is so much more than just finding a thigh bone. If Wayne May were to find a thigh bone that meets these criteria then would you give him your consideration?
(1) The thigh bone is C-14 radiocarbon-dated in the time period of AD 200 - AD 400.
(2) The thigh bone has DNA markers that connect it to people from the Middle East.
(3) The thigh bone shows that it fractured and healed without any setting on the end where it connects to the hip.
Here is the back story. In July 1834, more than 200 men from Zion's Camp were disbanded. At that time in a ceremony, the men reburied Zelph's thigh bone. They erected a marker to commemorate the spot. For years Wayne May has been looking for that spot. In a perfect world, he will soon find Zelph's thigh bone. He wants to confirm that the upper part of Zelph's bone, near the groin, fractured in battle and healed without any setting.
Wayne May has received permission from the owners of the site to conduct a survey. Stay tuned as we prepare for this interesting search.

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  The Heartland Research Group Has Paid for Humminbird Solix 15 Sonar Scanner 1
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 12-01-2020, 07:49 PM - Forum: Expeditions of the Heartland Research Group - No Replies

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The 32-foot Pontoon Mississippi River Boat is outfitted. The Humminbird Solix 15 Sonar Scanner is installed on the bow. We are ready to do something that until now no one else has done. We will begin a serious scientific search for the largest lost city from Ancient America. The search for the location of the Great City Zarahemla will start on the first Monday in August at the bottom of the Mississippi River. We will look for the horizontal limestone ledge in the Keokuk Gorge. Before the construction of the Keokuk Dam in 1913, this extremely hard rock offered a flat surface that at harvest time was used as a one-mile walkway across the Mississippi.
Robert E. Lee's 1837 Survey shows us where to begin our search. The sonar equipment will make digital images of the river's bottom. The scanning is so detailed that it is possible to identify something as small as a teacup buried under 15 feet of water.
Take a look at this video to get a sense of the equipment's capabilities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM3kHmMBwXg
Soon we will have more to say about the geographical location that is clearly identified in the Book of Alma, Chapter 2, The place in the water of the River Sidon where "Alma fought with Amlici with the sword, face to face; and they did contend mightily, one with another."

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  Searching for the Lost City of Zarahemla
Posted by: Jay Mackley - 12-01-2020, 07:37 PM - Forum: Share Photos and Information - No Replies

Besides authoring the Zarahemla Centric Heartland Model of geography, I am also affiliated with the Heartland Research Group which has done scanning in Ohio, the Mississippi river near Nauvoo and also, so far, 250 acres near Montrose, IA. The magnetometer ground scanning is done with equipment leased from a company in Germany (SYNSYS). I just returned from Montrose a week ago and there were 30 people on the scanning team. The Heartland Research Group is funding through Facebook donations and a major contributor.

I am creating new category on the forum to report on archeological activities. It is ongoing.

- Jay Mackley

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