|Rice paddies in the Philippines|
Sometimes it's not even interpretation of evidence that is the problem; instead is the rejection of evidence.
The "high-water mark of scholarship on the Book of Mormon," according to Terryl Givens, is Mormon's Codex. Here's what that book has to say about the teachings of the prophets regarding the New York Cumorah:
“There remain Latter-day Saints who insist that the final destruction of the Nephites took place in New York, but any such idea is manifestly absurd. Hundreds of thousands of Nephites traipsing across the Mississippi Valley to New York, pursued (why?) by hundreds of thousands of Lamanites, is a scenario worthy only of a witless sci-fi movie, not of history.”
John Sorenson, Mormon’s Codex (Deseret Book, 2013), p. 688.
Every proponent of M2C agrees that the teachings of the prophets about the New York Cumorah are wrong--"manifestly absurd" to be precise.
Ask them and you'll see.
Ask any of your friends that believe in M2C.
Ask anyone at FairMormon, Book of Mormon Central, the Interpreter, BYU Studies, or Meridian Magazine.
Ask your Seminary, Institute, or BYU teacher about the New York Cumorah and they will tell you the prophets are wrong because the "real" Hill Cumorah is in Mexico.
Hence the breach in the dam.
|The dark brown streak on the left side of the dam|
near the gray bedrock is a leak.
M2C wasn't a significant problem, at first.
|The leak grows and mud gushes out.|
General Authorities reaffirm the NY Cumorah,
but the intellectuals and their followers reject them.
|The dam nears collapse.|
Peep stones replace the Urim and Thummim.
|Teton dam disaster|