2015 Expedition
In June of 2015 a group of seven
members traveled to the Yucatan of
Mexico to further the ongoing
project of Book of Mormon
archaeology. The team was looking
to revisit some of the sites they had
seen on a research trip in 2008,
and to investigate the stelae located
at the archaeological sites in
northern Yucatan such as Uxmal,
Kabah, Sayil and Coba. These are
believed to be Golden Age Book of
Mormon constructions as they are
late Classical Period Mayan.

One of the first efforts made was to
acquire soil samples from Rio Bec
area "green areas" that have been
discovered in the last several years
through satellite imaging. These
areas are known to have been
anciently constructed for
commercial sized agricultural
production. The theory is that the
"green areas" are Zoramite tobacco
fields that fueled the Carthaginian
marketing of tobacco products to
Egypt from approximately 400 to
200 BCE. These samples will be
sent to laboratories for spore
analysis to see if tobacco
production was done in these fields.
If so, then this will help resolve the
mystery of where the tobacco
originated and who was supplying
it. The collection of soil samples was
accomplished and they are now in
Mexico City waiting for testing to
begin.

From the Rio Bec area the group
traveled to Calakmul and at this site
they noted a two-plaza construction
similar to the "Moroni
cookie-cutter" city layouts in Belize.
And, similar to those layouts is a
structure that divides the plaza in
two to symbolize a transition of the
belief system. Structure 5 at
Calakmul focuses on a royal couple
who we believe is Shield Jaguar II
(Mosiah) and his wife Lady K'uk
(daughter of King Zarahemla).
Additionally, Calakmul has a
defensive design that is also like the
cities in Belize where the areas
surrounding the city are on a long
slope that allows "watchmen" to see
approaching danger for miles
around.

Palenque is always a treat and this
year the group was able to visit
Temple XIX as it is now open to the
public. While at the site Neil Steede
was able to reconnect with a friend
he made at the site in 1965 when he
first visited Palenque. Victor is a
guide here who shared his
collection of knowledge with the
group. This meeting was ordained
as Victor stated that he was "led" to
talk with us as he knew we would
need to know what he had to share.

We visited Uxmal and found this
site to be a testimony of the
life-after-death belief system of the
craftsman who built it. The
northern portion of the Yucatan is
not a part of the Book of Mormon
geography, but it certainly was
inhabited by descendants of Book
of Mormon people. Probably
Zoramites/Mulekites from the style
of architecture found here. These
are Golden Age cultures who were
anxious to testify their belief system
and they did so by placing it in
mathematical and geometric
design. One who is familiar with the
Restoration Faith belief systems has
no problem understanding the
details of the design. In this regard
Uxmal is breathtaking.

The greatest surprise for the group
came when a "chance"
conversation at Kabah sent the
group to Ek Balam where they
discovered the "winged warriors."
These are effigies in stucco. There
are four of them on the same level
of the facade and it appears they
might represent the Three Nephites
and John the Beloved who are the
ones who "tarry" until Christ
returns. This site dove-tails with
Coba as the Temple of the Church is
founded on nine circular
foundations. Nine tomb-like
foundations of the church and
three "kings" at Ek Balam make a
total of twelve disciples who
established the post-resurrection
church in the New World. There is
more to come on this.

The trip was truly a testimony of the
grace of God provided to those who
ask, seek and knock. He opened
doors and whispered truth in
remarkable ways. Our group is in
awe as to how wonderfully the
prayers for this trip were answered
and we look forward to His
continued revelations as the days
unfold and the research continues.