Book of Mormon Central (BMC) claims to be neutral on geography questions. Obviously, their Mayan logo contradicts neutrality, but that's what they claim nevertheless.
Book of Mormon Central Policy on Book of Mormon Geography – June 2016
Book of Mormon Central at this time is officially geography neutral. We seek deep understanding of the Book of Mormon text. We hope diligent students work together to achieve working consensus on the geographic correlation issue.
But on their Spanish page, it's a different story.
There, they are anything but neutral. They focus specifically on archaeology in Mesoamerica and use an interactive map to indoctrinate Spanish speakers.
This is not a surprise, given their Mayan logo.
No doubt, their donors are proud to promote M2C exclusively.
To be sure, some of the more prominent donors and supporters have also declared their "neutrality" on the geography issue. But by participating with Book of Mormon Central, they are misleading people just as much as Book of Mormon Central is.
Naturally, they never inform Spanish speakers of the teachings of the prophets about Cumorah. They don't tell their English-speaking readers about those teachings, either, but at least English speakers have access to the Joseph Smith Papers where we can all read the original documents.
Some time ago I discussed this with a former Stake President from Guatemala. He had read the Spanish version of my Letter VII book and said he had never heard of that before. He asked why these things were never translated into Spanish.
He was also upset that the missionaries and Church leaders had never told him about this aspect of Church history.
BMC continues to mislead and misinform Spanish members of the Church by teaching them the M2C (Mesoamerican/two-Cumorahs) model without also informing them of actual Church history and the scenarios that corroborate the teachings of the prophets. As a consequence, Latter-day Saints in Latin America are deprived of the ability to make informed decisions.
I understand the problem. Faithful Latter-day Saints in Latin America have been told for decades that they live in the lands of the Book of Mormon, that they are Lamanites, etc. And that's all fine. People can believe whatever they want.
But it does no one any good to censor the teachings of the prophets about the New York Cumorah. It's condescending to deprive non-English speakers of these teachings just to facilitate M2C. And ultimately it's counterproductive, because sooner or later educated Latter-day Saints everywhere come to find out what the prophets have taught.
If nothing else, BMC should fully disclose the teachings of the prophets about Cumorah to inoculate their readers, regardless of what language they speak, read, and write.
You can see the BMC Spanish page by going to the BMC English page here:
Then scroll down the menu, as shown here (click to enlarge):
You get to this page, which features ARCHAEOLOGY along with revolving images from Mesoamerica.
(You can translate the page into English if you don't know Spanish.)
It's pretty amazing that anyone falls for this. They show Chichen Itza, which (like the references in the 1842 Times and Seasons that the M2Cers attribute to Joseph Smith) is post-Book of Mormon era.
Wikipedia: Chichen Itza was a major focal point in the Northern Maya Lowlands from the Late Classic (c. AD 600–900) through the Terminal Classic (c. AD 800–900) and into the early portion of the Postclassic period (c. AD 900–1200).
The best part is their interactive map.
The only reference to Cumorah on the entire site is their map of M2C, showing Cumorah in southern Mexico just as RLDS author L.E. Hills speculated back in 1917.
|L.E. Hills map showing Cumorah in southern Mexico|
|L.E. Hills map showing M2C in southern Mexico|
Like our modern M2C scholars, Hills rejected what Joseph and Oliver taught about Cumorah.
Hills' theory was rejected by the RLDS leadership. It was rejected by Church historian and Apostle Joseph Fielding Smith. But it was eventually accepted by our BYU/CES scholars, and now our scholars are raising and spending millions of dollars to enshrine M2C in the minds of the Spanish-speaking Latter-day Saints.
The interactive map lets you discover the locations of numerous Book of Mormon sites. You need to look at it here:
|Book of Mormon Central map showing Cumorah in southern Mexico|
|L.E. Hills - Nephite crossing to Mesoamerica (1917)|
|L.E. Hills - "Nahuas" crossing to Mesoamerica (1919)|