“Another Breakthrough for the Arabian Peninsula Evidence for the Book of Mormon”?

“Another Breakthrough for the Arabian Peninsula Evidence for the Book of Mormon”? August 24, 2020


David Palmer's candidate for Cumorah
This hill, Cerro La Vigia, near the town of Catemaco, in the Municipio de Santiago Tuxtla, Veracruz, México, has been proposed by some adherents of a Mesoamerican setting for the Book of Mormon as the location of the final Jaredite and Nephite battles. I think they may be right. If so, the Nephites knew it as “Cumorah,” and the Jaredites knew it as “Ramah.”

(Wikimedia Commons public domain photograph)


This just up on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:


“John W. Welch: A Personal Reminiscence,” by Stephen E. Robinson

Abstract: In these glimpses of the early private life of a very public figure, Stephen E. Robinson provides a portrait that will enable readers to see how the child became father to the man.

[Editor’s Note: Part of our book chapter reprint series, this article is reprinted here as a service to the LDS community. Original pagination and page numbers have necessarily changed, otherwise the reprint has the same content as the original.

See Stephen E. Robinson, “John W. Welch: A Personal Reminiscence,” in “To Seek the Law of the Lord”: Essays in Honor of John W. Welch, ed. Paul Y. Hoskisson and Daniel C. Peterson (Orem, UT: The Interpreter Foundation, 2017), 1–8. Further information at https://interpreterfoundation.org/books/to-seek-the-law-of-the-lord-essays-in-honor-of-john-w-welch-2/.]




From the irreplaceable Jeff Lindsay:


“Warren Aston’s Search for Shazer: Another Breakthrough for the Arabian Peninsula Evidence for the Book of Mormon”




I continue to work my way slowly through John W. Welch, Neal Rappleye, Jasmin G. Rappleye, Jonathon Riley, and Taylor Halverson, eds., Knowing Why: 127 MORE Evidences That the Book of Mormon is True (American Fork: Covenant Communications, 2019).  In each case, I will supply the link to the online version of the little essay that I’m discussing, which may or may not be the same as the subsequent printed version:


The Hebrew element -ram, which means something like “high” or “exalted,” occurs — significantly and, arguably, appropriately — in such proper names as Zoram and Rameumptom, as well as Seezoram and Cezoram.  This may be more than mere coincidence, and it certainly reflects the fact that warnings against pride are among the central themes of the Book of Mormon.


For further reading:

Matthew L. Bowen, “‘See That Ye Are Not Lifted Up’: The Name Zoram and Its Paronomastic Pejoration,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 19 (2016): 109–143.

Parrish Brady and Shon Hopkin, “The Zoramites and Costly Apparel: Symbolism and Irony,” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 22, no. 1 (2013): 40–53.

Sherrie Mills Johnson, “The Zoramite Separation: A Sociological Perspective,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 14, no. 1 (2005): 74–85, 129–30.




Finally, here’s some additional fodder for your never-too-full Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” File:


“Flood Victims in Yemen Receive Help from Latter-day Saint Charities”


“Latter-day Saints Offer Hope, Volunteer Muscle After ‘Derecho’ Storm Battered Midwest: Line of severe storms on August 10 damaged homes, downed trees and left more than a million without power”


“Relief Society in Action, August 20, 2020”



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