Unfortunately there is yet another misguided geography enthusiasts waiting in the wings to publish his model.
Name: Kirk Magleby.
Model: Book of Mormon Model
Uniqueness: Not much is different from the myriad of other Mesoamerican models.
1. Lacks an Internal Map. (See Internal Map)
2. Totally ignores land prophecies . (See Prophecies)
3. Where they were fulfilled. (See New Jerusalem)
4. How they were fulfilled. (See Spiritual Geography)
5. When they were fulfilled.
6. Completely ignores land distances, particularly:
a. The length of the land (Alma 22:29) from Bountiful on the north (Alma 27:22) to Manti on the south (Alma 16:7; 22:27) was a day (Alma 43:18-24).
b. The width from Zarahemla to the East Sea less than a day (Alma 58:14, 24-25).
c. The length of the Jaredite Land Northward was less than a day (Ether 15:8-11).
7. Disregards ALL statements by ALL church leaders regarding the location of the Final Nephite Battle being in Palmyra, NY. (See Cumorah)
8. Has totally ignored the FOUR SEAS references surrounding the (Jaredite) Land Northward. His model was also ruined by the H38 Virus. (See H38 Virus)
“We now know that these models are flawed, based on an overly simplistic and erroneous interpretation of the text. Careful reading of the Nephite scripture clearly shows”
“So, if we can’t trust simple little east west – north south syllogisms, how are we ever going to decipher the Book of Mormon map? We need to read the text with precision and consistency, just as Nephi, Alma, Mormon and the other Nephite authors wrote it.” (Kirk Magleby, Ammonihah, Noah & Sidom all East of Sidon)
After witnessing first hand the results of so many models, Magleby has learned nothing at all. A few little tweaks here and there makes not a worthy model. It is impossible to find a solution standing on the same level as the problem.
Magleby has more than once bragged about how the 1879 Book of Mormon mentions Mesoamerica:
“In 1879, Orson Pratt published his new edition of The Book of Mormon with the chapter and verse divisions the LDS Church still uses today (The Community of Christ uses a different schema in their edition). Pratt was an articulate advocate for a sweeping, hemispheric vision of Book of Mormon lands with the Isthmus of Panama as the narrow neck of land. Pratt’s view dominated Mormon thinking until the middle twentieth century.” (Book of Mormon Lands 1830 – 1985, August 27, 2011, url)
He failed each time however to include the other things that it mentions – those in favor of the Western New York Model:
Many Waters = Atlantic Ocean
And it came to pass that I looked and beheld emany waters; and they divided the Gentiles from the seed of my brethren. (1 Nephi 13:10; fn. e, The Atlantic Ocean.)
Mother Gentiles = British
And I beheld that their jmother Gentiles were gathered together upon the waters, and upon the land also, to battle against them. (1 Nephi 13:17; fn. j, The British)
Mighty Nation = The United States
And it meaneth that the time cometh that after all the house of Israel have been scattered and confounded, that the Lord God will raise up a dmighty nation among the Gentiles, yea, even upon the face of this land; and by them shall our seed be scattered. (1 Nephi 22:7; fn. d, The United States)
Hill Cumorah = Manchester
And I Mormon, wrote an epistle unto the king of the Lamanites, and desired of him that he would grant unto us that we might gather together our people unto the aland of Cumorah, by a hill which was called Cumorah, and there we could give them battle. (Mormon 6:2; fn. a, The hill Cumorah is in Manchester, Ontario Co., N. York.)
Ablom = New England States
And the Lord warned Omer in a dream that he should depart out of the land; wherefore Omer departed out of the land with his family, and traveled many days, and came over and passed by the hill of Shim, and came over by the place where the Nephites were destroyed, and from thence eastward, and came to a place which was called dAblom, by the seashore, and there he pitched his tent, and also his sons and his daughters, and all his household, save it were Jared and his family. (Ether 9:3; fn. d, probably on the shore of the New England States.)
Heaps of Earth = Ancient Mounds of North America
And there was great calamity in all the land, for they had testified that a great curse should come upon the land, and also upon the people, and that there should be a great destruction among them, such an one as never had been upon the face of the earth, and their bones should become as cheaps of earth upon the face of the land except they should repent of their wickedness. (Ether 11:6; fn. c, The ancient mounds of North America.)
Ripliancum = Lake Ontario
And it came to pass that he came to the cwaters of Ripliancum, which, by interpretation, is large, or to exceed all; wherefore, when they came to these waters they pitched their tents; and Shiz also pitched his tents near unto them; and therefore on the morrow they did come to battle. (Ether 15:8; fn. c, supposed to be Lake Ontario.)*
11. City of Bountiful on wrong side.
The City of Bountiful was south of the Narrow Passage which was along the West Sea. Magleby has incorrectly placed the city along the East Sea. (See City of Bountiful)
12. Narrow Neck lacks a sea on the East Side.
Yea, by the sea, on the west and on the east. (Alma 50: 34) (See Narrow Neck)
13. River Sidon is not traversable.
The River Sidon was traverse in Book of Mormon times. Magleby’s river is too deep and too swift. (See River Sidon)
14. Great Deep borders Book of Mormon land.
The Great Deep did not directly border Book of Mormon land. Once it was crossed, it was never referenced again. (See Great Deep)
15. Not hidden.
Book of Mormon lands were “hidden,” meaning, they were inland, not off the beaten path by land or by sea. Mesoamerica is not hidden and directly borders both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. (See Hidden.)
Cement was never used in the Land Southward. Cement was used all over Mesoamerica. Magleby has not shown where cement was used in his Land Northward. (See Cement)
17. Land of Nephi
Nephi fled Lehi’s Land of First Inheritance and traveled many days to get away from his evil brothers. Magleby’s model lacks that buffer zone. (See Land of Nephi)
18. Sea that Divides Land
Has no Sea That Divides the Land.
19. Sea South
Lacks a Sea South. (See Sea South)
20. Sea North
Lacks a Sea North. (See Sea North)
*Source: 1879 Book of Mormon; V. Mack Summer, An Exploration of the Footnotes in the 1911 Edition, 1967. “The V. Mark Sumner Papers (1967) consist of “An Exploration of the Footnotes in the 1911 Edition of The Book of Mormon,” a report resulting from research done by V. Mark Sumner. This short paper (19 pages) deals with the footnotes of a review of the Book of Mormon completed by the Talmage Group in 1920. This group was named after James E. Talmage and was formed by the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to prepare an edited revision of the Book of Mormon. They used, as a base, the 1911 edition of the Book of Mormon printed in Chicago.”