The purpose of the GPI is to help geographers focus their attention on high priority items before wasting their time on low priority items. For example, what use is it to speculate where a city is if the major bodies of water surrounding the land it was on have not been identified? Or worse, to look for linguistic, cultural, or archaeological evidences in lands that are not currently owned by white Gentiles? [The answers are had throughout the site.]
a. Lamanites had a pre-existing culture
b. Lamanites had an advanced civilization
c. Lamanites had a written language
d. Lamanites were multilingual
e. Lamanites had different religious traditions
f. Lamanite lands were not hidden
g. Lamanite lands did not have boundaries
h. Lamanite lands were south of Lehi’s landing
i. Lamanite lands centered outside Book of Mormon lands
j. Lamanite lands extended to Book of Mormon lands
k. Lamanites were more numerous than the Nephites
l. Lamanite culture centered south of Lehi’s landing
m. Lamanite culture declined after the final battle
n. Lamanite population declined after the final battle
o. Archaeological record of the Lamanites originates outside Book of Mormon land
p. Archaeological record of the Lamanites centers outside Book of Mormon land
q. Archaeological record of the Lamanites overlaps the Nephites
r. Archaeological record of the Lamanites is weaker in Book of Mormon lands than out
s. Nephite culture and archaeology cannot be the predominating remains in your model, if they are, it’s not Book of Mormon land
2. Surviving Descendants of Hagoth
a. Where did Hagoth build and dock his ships?
b. Where did he sail “north” to?
c. Are indigenous peoples in that area?
d. Is there European DNA in that area?
3. Where the Mulekites Landed
a. Which “Great Deep” did they cross?
b. Where does the Great Deep and the Sea North connect?
c. Where does the Sea North connect to the Land Northward?
d. Where did they land in the Land Northward?
e. How did they travel to find, then found the City Zarahemla?
4. A land owned and inhabited by white people
a. Are there “multitudes” of white Gentiles on the land?
b. Are those white Gentiles the owners of the land?
c. Were the indigenous peoples displaced and scattered?
d. Were those indigenous peoples not entirely destroyed?
5. Where the record came forth
a. What did the angel say about the land where the record came forth?
b. What did that area look like 2k years ago?
6. Prophecies regarding where the record would come forth
a. By whom would it come forth?
b. On what land would it come forth?
c. Why would it come forth by a. on b.?
7. Gentiles would “obtain it”
a. Where is the land they would obtain?
b. How would they “obtain” it?
c. On what land would the Lamanites become scattered?
d. On what land would the Lamanites not entirely be destroyed?
8. Gentiles would become a great nation upon it
a. On what land would the Gentiles become a great nation?
b. What ways would they become “great?” Spiritually, financially, numerically, what?
c. What Gentiles would become a great nation upon the land? Conquerors, outcasts, who?
9. Gentiles would jointly build a New Jerusalem with the Lamanites upon it
a. Where upon the land would the New Jerusalem be built?
b. In what manner would it be built? A building, town, church, or a government?
c. What prophecies would be fulfilled?
d. In what manner would they be fulfilled? Physically, spiritually, how?
10. Book of Mormon Lands Were Hidden
a. They were led to the land by the Liahona
b. The land was not on main travel routes
c. The land was never discovered by other nations
d. The land would be protected from other nations
e. Not along salt water oceans, the “great deep”
f. Not discovered by the first explorers
a. The Lord said the land was an “isle of the sea”
b. They believed their land was an “isle of the sea” – from eye level, not map level
12. Land Northward was surrounded by water
a. Four seas are spoken of: North, South, East, West and are not salt water oceans, the “great deep”
b. Rivers for shipping (Jaredites/Mulekites may have traveled inland using one)
c. What is the source of water of those rivers?
d. Materials for building cement house (what material for building cement houses was found in the Jaredite Land Northward but not Zarahemla?)
13. Land Southward was nearly surrounded by water
a. Three seas are spoken of: West, East and North, not oceans, the “great deep”
14. Narrow Neck of Land
a. Narrow from eye level – not a “day and a half wide”
b. Along the West Sea
c. Runs north and south
d. Has a history of rattlesnake infestation
e. Not along a salt water ocean, the “great deep”
15. Sea North
a. Is Ripliancum
b. Larger than the Sea’s East, West, and South
c. Is where the Jaredites and Mulekites landed
d. Has rivers flowing north into it, big enough for shipping
e. Not a salt water ocean, the “great deep”
16. West Sea Bordered
a. Land of First Inheritance
b. Land of Nephi
c. Land of Zarahemla
d. Narrow Passage
e. Land Northward
f. Not a salt water ocean, the “great deep”
17. East Sea Bordered
a. Lamanite Lands of Possession
b. Land of Zarahemla
c. Land Northward
d. Hill Ramah
e. Not a salt water ocean, the “great deep”
18. River Sidon
a. Flows from the South to the North
b. Originates in a Southern Wilderness
c. Empties into the West Sea, not an ocean, the “great deep”
d. Does not flow through the Jaredite Land Northward
e. Was not used for shipping
f. Was not a barrier for animals
g. Was not a boundary line for people
h. Shallow enough to cross on foot
i. Banks to fight upon
j. Two branches, one on each side of the City of Zarahemla
19. Lamanite Line of Possession
a. South of the head or beginning of the River Sidon
b. South of the Southern Wilderness or partly in it
c. Extends from the West Sea to the East Sea
d. A distinct geographical land feature that divides the land
20. City of Zarahemla
a. Surrounded by hills
b. Flanked by two branches of the River Sidon
c. Located in the center of the land
21. City of Bountiful
a. Located by the West Sea
b. Just south of the Narrow Neck/Passage
c. Surrounded by a wall (most fortified city in all The Book of Mormon)
d. West of a flat plain that extends to the east for a day and a half’s journey
e. Along the River Sidon, where it meets the West Sea
22. Hill Ramah
a. Not Cumorah
b. Tall enough to watch battles from
c. South of the Sea North
d. Probably on the east side of the East Sea
e. Safe enough for both Ether and Moroni to live on for years undetected
23. Land of Cumorah
a. An unpopulated area
b. Probably treeless (where they logged for timber; a place open for fighting)
c. They did not build “cement” fortifications
d. East of the Land Northward
e. A sea east of it (Ablom), that is not the Sea East
f. Land south of it to retreat to, which was not part of Book of Mormon lands
24. Lehi’s Landing Site
a. Along the West Sea, not an ocean, the “great deep”
b. A natural harbor where they could safely dock
c. South and west of all Book of Mormon lands
25. Hill Amnihu
a. East of the City of Zarahemla
b. East of the River Sidon
a. West and north of the City of Zarahemla
b. A distinct area
c. Doesn’t have to be a mountain
a. Seasonal illnesses caused by the climate; curable by herbs (flu not Malaria)
b. Snow (“driven snow” was learned by experience, and would make sense only to future BoM readers on BoM lands where the snow would fall)
c. Hail (must be known)
d. There is no mention of rain, flash floods, storms, or hurricanes impeding anyones travels or destroying homes, towns, or forts
28. Earthen Walls
a. Should still exist
b. Dirt thrown inward; ditch outside.
c. Evidences of wood posts on top and in the middle
d. Should exist mostly in the Land Southward
e. Should be a large number of them
f. Should not be in Cumorah, where the final Nephite battle was fought
a. Only in the Land Northward
b. Should not remain
c. Not in the Land Southward
d. Not in Cumorah
e. In Palmyra where the box contained the plates