Book of Mormon researcher Arlin Ewald Nusbaum has been an avid student of the scriptures his whole life and credits the Book of Mormon for bringing him to Christ.
His interest in the geography of the Book of Mormon was secondary. It came as a necessary component for understanding how, where, and when Book of Mormon prophecy was and will be fulfilled.
The true geographical model must accommodate all prophecies, and explain them. For example, the prophesied American New Jerusalem would be a joint effort between the Colonists and American Indians and be established before the Book of Mormon came forth.
That prophecy precludes a commission by God for Joseph (or the LDS Church) to build it. Thus, a key for understanding the true geography must include a correct understanding of its “Spiritual Geography.” The Spiritual Geography includes land promises and land prophecies and how and where they were, and will be fulfilled.
The Spiritual Geography is a sifter of models, for if any part of a model is outside the boundaries of Colonial America then it cannot be Book of Mormon lands, which excludes Hemispheric, Mesoamerican, Heartland, Great Lakes, South American, Baja, Malay models, etc.
The true model is the Western New York Model (presented on this site) and was confirmed by triangulating the following three data sets:
- Physical Geography
- Spiritual Geography
- Internal Geography
Or the “PSI” of Book of Mormon Geography. This is a resource heavy site so first-time researchers can learn for themselves the truth without needing to go anywhere else. It gives researchers the knowledge necessary for them to quickly discern the worth of a model without wasting years of their life under a wrong tree.