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TitleOut of the Dust
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
Secondary AuthorsSorenson, John L.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Pagination68-69, 80
Type of ArticleOut of the Dust
KeywordsAncient America; Early Church History; Mesoamerica; Oliver Huntington; Three Nephites; Transoceanic Voyage

This article details three topics. First, Oliver Huntington was an early LDS pioneer who wrote or dictated numerous reminiscences, including on his association with Joseph Smith. On 16 February 1895, he wrote the names of the three Nephites who “do not sleep.” Historians find that some of what he recorded does not square with other reports. Without corroborating statements from other sources, we cannot know if he is correct.

Second, Monument 6 near Palenque, Mexico, prophesies the descent of the god Bolon Yokte K’u. This monument allows confidence that the practice of prophesying future happenings was going on within a few centuries after the end of the Book of Mormon period.

Third, two landmark publications raised the profile of the long-debated question about transoceanic contact. The article also briefly mentions a report about research that uncovers evidence of an Atlantic crossing.