After having spent several months studying the Book of Mormon, members of the Buckner Community of Christ Church determined to venture to Mexico to visit the sites where many Book of Mormon archaeologists believe these events took place.
Arrangements were made to acquire a bus for the trip and Neil Steede graciously agreed to accompany the group as a guide. The trip into Mexico was eventful with a driving mishap that landed Mike Brown in jail. Neil Steede, Tim Brown, a cab driver by the name of Jesus, and the prayers of the group all worked to successfully release Mike and the trip continued.
Several archaeological sites were visited including Palenque, Cacaxtla, Cuicuilco, Comalcalco, Cholula, and Teotihuacan. Neil Steede provided the insight to bring the Book of Mormon stories to life as he used evidences to illustrate relationships between Mayan cities that correlate to specific incidents recorded in the Book of Mormon.
While traveling to the Yucatan region from Mexico City, the group decided to stop in Jalapa de Diaz to catch a glimpse of the mountain that Neil feels holds the records of an ancient people. Several of the men spent most of a day venturing up the mountain and eventually they found the location where there was once a cave opening. They searched the area and then returned to the hotel exhausted and empty handed.
From this trip, these few men have shared their experience with others of how they sense God's calling to continue to search. This was the beginning of a journey that has yet to find an end.