Nephite Explorer Sneak Peek SEASON 1


Nephite Explorer TV is premiering on KJZZ channel 14 in Utah and parts of Idaho and Nevada Sunday APRIL  7TH at Noon and 6:30 in the evening. It is an action packed weekly travel journalism and adventure show diving into scriptural history and prophecies about latter day America. We’ll be running investigations from locations around the world and many right here at home.  For those outside Utah, he program can also be viewed live at the above times at this link:
Here’s a sneak peek to the inaugural season of Nephite Explorer.

“An Everlasting Decree” – Insights on the promised land of America with Bruce Porter

I had the chance to meet scholar and author Bruce Porter in Plymouth, Mass. to discuss the prophetic events leading up to the colonization of America and discuss the current threats to our liberty.
Bruce has just released a new book, “An Everlasting Decree” which is a must read for every liberty loving American. Find it on Amazon or other retailers.

Newark Earthworks – Paralells to the Nephites

I had the chance to tour the little known Great Circle with Wayne May, archeologist, author and publisher of Ancient American magazine. The Great Circle is part of the Newark Earthworks which bare some striking similarities to the earthworks built by Captin Moroni as found in the Book of Mormon. A site that both amazed and bewildered me. Why haven’t we known about this?

The Covenant – Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek to the new film I’m working on which tells the story of the Abrahamic covenant being re-established in a new promised land. Coming Fall 2012 – Ryan Fisher

Hezekiah’s Wall – Israel _________comments>

Journalist Ryan Fisher travels to Israel with scholar Bruce Porter to explore ancient fortifications and secret tunnels below Jerusalem to gain a new perspective on the exodus of Lehi and his family.

Radio Interview on the Pat Sheranian Show

I had the opportunity to be invited onto the Pat Sheranian radio show yesterday (AM1410) here is a link to the web cast. We discussed the new book “The American Covenant” which has inspired the documentary film I’m working on under the same title. Tim Ballard’s book chronicles the establishment of the Abrahamic covenant in America through the Jaredites first, and then re established later by our founding fathers. A must read for every American.
Pat Sheranian interview with Ryan Fisher

Joseph Smith’s testimony on the lands of the Nephites

 One’s belief in the Book of Mormon should be solidly grounded on a spiritual witness obtained by personal study and prayer. I have a personal witness of the truthfulness of this book and admonish others to seek the same witness. Once I gained a testimony of its divine authenticity, I found myself fascinated with the prospect of finding and visiting the lands of the Nephites which led me to researchers who have compiled insights from the man who talked with the Nephite Prophet Moroni face to face.
Joseph Smith has done many things to enlighten the understanding of men throughout the restoration of the gospel. In regards to the geography of the Book of Mormon, he has left us his testimony.
The following are quotes from Joseph Smith (and a few others) that shed much light on the subject. I’ve highlighted in bold the particular parts of these statements that recount geography.

“He told me of a sacred record which was written on plates of gold, I saw in the vision the place where they were deposited, he said the indians were the literal descendants of Abraham…” (Joseph Smith History 1:34 )
NOTE: Indians refers to the Native Americans all around upstate New York.
“From this time forth, Joseph continued to receive instructions from the Lord, and we continued to get the children together every evening, for the purpose of listening while he gave us a relation of the same…. He would describe the ancient inhabitants of this continent, their dress, mode of traveling, and their animals upon which they rode; their cities, their buildings, with every particular; their mode of warfare; and also their religious worship. This he would do with as much ease, seemingly, as if he had spent his whole life with them.” (History of Joseph Smith by his mother, 1954 edition, pp. 82-83)
“Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites—Written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile—Written by way of commandment.” (The Book of Mormon)
“ 8 And now, behold, I say unto you that you  (Oliver Cowdery) shall go unto the Lamanites and preach my gospel unto them: …..” (D&C 28:8)
“1) And now concerning my servant Parley P. Pratt…
2)  And that which I have appointed unto him is that he shall go with my servants, Oliver Cowdery and Peter Whitmer, Jun., into the wilderness among the Lamanites.” (D&C 32:1-2 October 1830)

“Thus ended our first Indian mission, in which we had preached the Gospel in its fullness and distributed the record of their forefathers among three tribes…. the Cattaraugus Indians, near Buffalo, N.Y.; the Wyandots, of Ohio: and the Delawares, west of Missouri.” (Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, p 56-61)
(NOTE; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints didn’t send missionaries to Central America until 1947. Almost 100 years after this commandment was issued by revelation.)
“I accordingly went down, and met Keokuk, Kis-Ku-Kosh, Appenoose, and about one hundred chiefs and braves of those tribes (Sac, Fox), with their families.”
“I conducted them to the meeting grounds in the grove, and instructed them in many things which the Lord had revealed unto me concerning their fathers, and the promises that were made concerning them in the Book of Mormon.” (History of the Church: 4: 401-2 )
“March 1, 1842.—At the request of Mr. John Wentworth, editor and proprietor of the Chicago Democrat, I have written the following sketch of the rise, progress, persecution, and faith of the Latter-day Saints, of which I have the honor, under God, of being the founder. ….all that I shall ask at his hands is that he publish the account entire, ungarnished, and without misrepresentation.”
(Note: this letter is one of the most important letters written by Joseph Smith because from it we get many details from the first vision, meetings with Moroni and this is also where the articles of faith originate.)
“I was also informed concerning the aboriginal inhabitants of this country, and shown who they were, and from whence they came; a brief sketch of their origin, progress, civilization, laws, governments, of their righteousness and iniquity, and the blessings of God being finally withdrawn from them as a people was made known unto me: I was also told where there was deposited some plates on which were engraven an abridgement [abridgment] of the records of the ancient prophets that had existed on this continent….
The principal nation of the second race fell in battle towards the close of the fourth century. The remnant are the Indians that now inhabit this country. This book also tells us that our Saviour [Savior] made his appearance upon this continent after his resurrection, that he planted the gospel here in all its fulness [fullness], and richness, and power, and blessing; that they had apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists; the same order, the same priesthood, the same ordinances, gifts, powers, and blessing, as was enjoyed on the eastern continent, that the people were cut off in consequence of their transgressions…  ”(History of the Church 1: 301)
NOTE: For those who claim that Joseph Smith was merely stating his opinion, his follow up letter clearly refutes that. After his first letter was not published in its entirety Joseph Smith sent a second follow up letter. In it he states:
“Dear sir,
I was somewhat disappointed on the receiving my paper with only a part of my letter inserted in it. The letter which I wrote you for publication I wrote by the commandment of God. “ (History of the Church 1: 326)
“The Book of Mormon is a record of the forefathers of our western tribes of Indians… By it, we learn that our western tribes of Indians, are descendants from that Joseph that was sold into Egypt, and that the land of America is a promised land unto them.
NOTE: At the time, anything west of the Alegehny and appalacian mountains was part of the West.
“The whole of our journey, in the midst of so large a company of social honest and sincere men, wandering over the plains of the Nephites, recounting occasionally the history of the Book of Mormon, roving over the mounds of that once beloved people of the Lord, picking up their skulls & their bones, as a proof of its divine authenticity, and gazing upon a country the fertility, the splendour and the goodness so indescribable, all serves to pass away time unnoticed.” (The Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, by Dean C. Jessee (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1984), p 324 in care of Community of Christ church)

Zelph Mound
Photograph by Ryan Fisher
“During our travels we visited several of the mounds which had been thrown up by the ancient inhabitants of this country-Nephites, Lamanites, etc., and this morning I went up on a high mound, near the river, accompanied by the brethren. From this mound we could overlook the tops of the trees and view the prairie on each side of the river as far as our vision could extend, and the scenery was truly delightful.
On the top of the mound were stones which presented the appearance of three altars having been erected one above the other, according to the ancient order; and the remains of bones were strewn over the surface of the ground. The brethren procured a shovel and a hoe, and removing the earth to the depth of about one foot, discovered the skeleton of a man, almost entire, and between his ribs the stone point of a Lamanitish arrow, which evidently produced his death. Elder Burr Riggs retained the arrow. The contemplation of the scenery around us produced peculiar sensations in our bosoms; and subsequently the visions of the past being opened to my understanding by the Spirit of the Almighty, I discovered that the person whose skeleton was before us was a white Lamanite, a large, thick-set man, and a man of God. His name was Zelph. He was a warrior and chieftain under the great prophet Onandagus, who was known from the Hill Cumorah, or eastern sea to the Rocky mountains. The curse was taken from Zelph, or, at least, in part-one of his thigh bones was broken by a stone flung from a sling, while in battle, years before his death. He was killed in battle by the  arrow found among his ribs, during the last great struggle of the Lamanites and Nephites.” (History of the Church Vol. 2: 79-80, June 3, 1834, 1948 edition)
NOTE: The “Zelph”  mound was excavated  recently and carbon dated to 385 AD.
3 Let them build up a city unto my name upon the land opposite the city of Nauvoo, and let the name of Zarahemla be named upon it. (D&C 125:3)
“1PM held council with the Indians Sac & Fox in my back kitchen. I replied….Great Spirit wants you to be united and live in peace. (I) found a book, (presenting the Book of Mormon) which told me about your fathers and Great Spirit told me you must send to all the tribes you can, and tell them to live in peace, and when any of our people come to see you treat them as we treat you.” (Joseph Smith Diary entry, Thursday, May 23rd, 1844)
These statements from Joseph Smith clearly state where the Nephite lands are. Not only what continent, but what Country, and even which states within the United States are Nephite Lands along with specific tribes who are Lamanite descendants. Joseph even digs up the grave of a fallen rightous Lamanite warrior and receives revelation about his name, when and how he died. And if that isn’t enough the Lord reveals to Joseph Smith the location of Zarahemla, the capital of the Nephite nation, in the Doctrine and Covenants. Can it be any clearer or more specific? Hardly.
Why some believe that the events of the Book of Mormon took place elsewhere is a topic for another discussion. One may interpret the revelation on Zarahemla in different ways, but when read in light of all that Joseph Smith left us, the simplest understanding makes perfect sense. All I hope to accomplish with this post is to draw attention to these precious statements and add these enlightenments to the long list of revelations from the prophet Joseph Smith.
Please share your views on these statements by adding comments below.

The hill Cumorah continues to yield ancient artifacts.

Just this week a friend from Nauvoo, IL Daniel Lawson was exploring the hill Cumorah with his family when they came across a tree that had been recently uprooted probably from wind.

Under the root ball Daniel found a large point laying out in the open. After some analysis and comparison to the style and size of other documented points found in the region next to carbon dated material it is estimated to be 3,000 years old putting it right in the timeline with the Jaredite people. This is the only Jaredite point I know of being found on or near the hill Cumorah or as the Jaredites called it the hill Ramah.
11 And it came to pass that the army of Coriantumr did pitch their tents by the hill Ramah; and it was that same hill where my father Mormon did hide up the records unto the Lord, which were sacred.

Ether 15:11

It is likely an atlatl point. An atlatl is a spear that is thrown using a throwing stick. This was the favorite weapon of the Lamanites. However the Adena people commonly associated with the Jaredites we’re a very large people. The skeletons found in North America from this time line yield bones of people 7-9 ft tall. Given the large size of some of the Jaredites, a spear to the Nephites might just be a simple arrow to the Jaredites. But until more is found on the Jeredites we’ll call this an atlatl point.

This is an especially exciting find because there are fewer known artifacts from the Jaredites or as academia calls them the “Adena” people, in comparison with the Nephites or “Hopewell”.
The Jaredites arrived in North America about 2300 B.C. and flourished until being wiped out after the last great battle that happened near the hill Cumorah. This atlatll point may be from that last battle of the once great Jaredite people, a story more dramatic than anything Hollywood could conjure. And especially tragic since it documents the fall of that great nation of ancient America. A cautionary tale about how pride and anger, if go unchecked, can lead to the loss of everything.
Daniel Lawson will have the atlatl point on display along with other Nephite artifacts at a new museum opening this spring in Nauvoo, IL.
Link to: Ether 15:11

Mound City, Ohio – A possible Nephite city conquered by the Lamanites

 Mound City national historic site outside Chillicothe, OH
Photos and article by Ryan Fisher
Most people have been to a national park or civil war battlefield complete with all the amenities a tourist desires. Now imagine a national park called, “Nephite city national park and historic battlefield.” This park includes a visitor center, museum with Nephite and Lamanite artifacts, weapons, friendly park rangers along with clean bathrooms and a gift shop. That’s just what you get at Mound City national historic site outside Chillicothe, OH…. everything but the name. Mound City is a small federal park. Most visitors on the rural highway probably don’t even notice it and if they do they probably pass it off as golf course. But these well manicured grounds hold ancient secrets.
The park is a large enclosure of berms and burial mounds covering 15 acres. This site is just one of five separate sites in Ross County, Ohio which make up Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.

I toured the site with Wayne May, publisher of Ancient American magazine, who has an interesting theory on the large burial mounds in the center of the once walled enclosure. First off, we know this was a defensive enclosure because the square shaped outer wall. Years of agriculture have plowed down the burms but enough still remains to see where the wall once stood. One of the park rangers commented that it is strange that the mound builders would wall off a high point away from the flats. Wayne explained that it’s quite simple, that high point would offer an easy vantage point to attack the city and so it was defended.
Wayne May with a tour group.
Further evidence that this was a defensive structure is the borrow pits or ditches found on the outside of the wall. In almost all cases from the Book of Mormon, the Nephites we’re the only ones building defensive structures. Thus, this was likely a Nephite city.

An arial view of the city looking east.
As to the builders of the mounds within the city walls….Wayne’s theory is that they we’re built by triumphant Lamanites. The “Hopewell” or “Nephite” people we’re a very advanced civilization that used math and geometry in laying out their cities as evidence by other geometric enclosures. But these burial mounds we’re scattered within the city walls at random. The mounds we’re not built by Nephites but rather Lamanites who conquered the city and made these memorials to their fallen comrades. Further evidence of this is found in the mounds themselves. The burials contain many precious artifacts suggesting a non-christian burial. Christians today believe that you can’t take it with you. Christians of the Nephites likely believed the same thing. Thus, no artifacts with the burials= Nephite. Artifacts with burials= Lamanites
Evidence that a large cremation structure was erected near the large mound is evident from post hole molds found here and marked in the above picutures. Again these we’re haphazardly thrown up likely by the Lamanites as a temporary structure to cremate their dead. The large mound in the background has some skeletons but is mostly cremated ashes. Considering the scale of the large mound, it is possible that thousands of Lamanites died in taking this city. The archeological dates of this city are 200 B.C. to 500 A.D. putting it right in the timeline of the last great battle of the Nephites and Lamanites.
Most but not all of these mounds at Mound City contain artifacts and were thrown up seemingly at random strongly suggesting most mounds were Lamanite burials in a conquered Nephite city. Which city was this? We’re working on that……stay tuned.


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