LDS Perspectives: Lehi in Mesoamerica

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In this episode, Laura Harris Hales interviews Brant A. Gardner. He is the author of several books and articles discussing the text of the Book of Mormon and ancient Mesoamerica.

Brant describes how he became convinced that Mesoamerica could be a possible setting for Lehi to fit into the history of the American continent. He uses several examples from the text of the Book of Mormon that converge with the history of Mesoamerica at that specific time to support his theory.

Hales and Gardner have some fun chatting about how their understanding of Mesoamerican artifacts and their meaning has changed over the past fifty years. Gardner also lists some false traditions that have hampered our understanding of the relationship between Lehites and indigenous cultures.

According to Gardner, his research is not presented to prove the Book of Mormon is true but rather to prove it interesting. We think you will agree that he does just that.

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Gale Boyd is the managing editor for She is a Jewish convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has lived all over the world. She has raised 6 Third Culture Kids and is always homesick for somewhere.