A Gospel Topics essay on Book of Mormon geography has been posted.
I'm very happy to see this new policy because finally, it allows members of the Church to evaluate the teachings of the prophets without the M2C* filter.
(*M2C is the acronym for the Mesoamerican/two-Cumorahs theory.)
For decades I've attended Church meetings at which M2C was being taught. I learned it in my classes in Seminary and at BYU. I went to an M2C fireside just a few months ago in Utah County. There was a large crowd of members of the Church assembled in a stake center to learn about M2C. I've attended others in chapels where current BYU professors have taught M2C. Such presentations conveyed the impression to Church members that the Church approved of M2C.
Worse, there was disparate treatment of different geography theories. While M2C presentations were allowed throughout the Church (including CES and BYU), other presentations that focused on the teachings of the prophets about the Hill Cumorah in New York were aggressively banned.
This essay declares that the Church now officially has no preference for one theory over another.
In other words, from now on, Church members will have no further reason to infer that the Church endorses M2C, and anyone who states or implies otherwise is contradicting Church policy.
This Gospel Topics essay is an important step toward correcting errors that have crept in over the years.
However, because the essay contains much of the same material found in the work of the M2C scholars who have written similar things for years, I'll make some suggestions for improvement in terms of clarity and accuracy.
Original in blue, my comments in red, other quotations in green.