E. Cecil McGavin


A prolific writer:

  • McGavin, E. Cecil and Willard Bean, The Geography of The Book of Mormon – 1948
  • McGavin, E. Cecil, Cumorah’s “Gold Bible” – 1948
  • McGavin, E. Cecil, Historical Background of the Doctrine and Covenants – 1949
  • McGavin, E. Cecil, How We Got the Book of Mormon – 1960
  • McGavin, E. Cecil, Mormonism and Masonry – 1947
  • McGavin, E. Cecil, Nauvoo the Beautiful – 1946
  • McGavin E. Cecil, Paradise Revisited – 1937
  • McGavin E. Cecil, An Apology for the Book of Mormon – 1930
  • E. Cecil McGavin, The Nauvoo Temple – 1962
  • Kishkuman Cooper (E. Cecil McGavin), The Sex Life of Brigham Young – 1963.
  • McGavin E. Cecil, The Family of Joseph Smith – 1963
  • McGavin E. Cecil, The Mormon Pioneers – 1947

Quotes from his geography book:

From the Preface:

“In recent years there has been a tendency among certain students of the Book of Mormon to orientate Book of Mormon cultures far to the south.”

“For many years the Book of Mormon carried footnotes explaining that ‘the land of many waters,’ ‘the large bodies of water,’ ‘Ripliancum,’ etc., had reference to the Great Lakes, while Ramah and Cumorah were the identical hill, near Palmyra, New York.”

“The following pages are a plea in defense of the old theory – the interpretation of Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Orson Pratt, and a countless number of the Authorities of the Church. It is our humble opinion that there is no occasion to fling aside the old interpretation and accept the new.”

From the Conclusion:

“The accounts written by many of these reputable historians and archeologists are so clear and specific that it seems as if the authors were familiar with The Book of Mormon record of the wars of extermination that were waged in Ramah-Cumorahland. For more than two centuries these renowned scholars have designated this area as America’s greatest battlefield in ancient times. Their conclusions agree so faithfully with The Book of Mormon record that we need not look elsewhere for the solution of the mystery.”

“Middle America is not a land of many waters. Its ancient hills are not marked with tokens of fortification; its skeptical remains do not tell of a bitter war of extermination, comparable at all to the evidence in Western New York.”

“These aboriginal monuments, the tell-tale tokens of ancient warfare by highly civilized nations, are not to be flung aside as one ‘fights against the pricks’ to confine those ancient people to the narrow and restricted domain of Middle America. Inscriptions on metal have told us the story which is otherwise a great mystery. These mysteries vanish as ancient historians speak from the dust.”