Our Beginning
During the summer of 2001 several members of the Buckner Congregation of
the Community of Christ traveled to Mexico to visit ancient ruins.  They were
excited to have Neil Steede as a guide and travel companion.  Several sites
were visited including Palenque, Cacaxtla, Cuicuilco, Comalcalco, Cholula, and
Teotihuacan.  While traveling the group took a detour and went to see Cerro
Rabon, a mountain near Jalapa de Diaz that many
Book of Mormon
archaeologists have reason to believe is the Hill Cumorah where ancient
records are buried.

After some discussion, several members of the group decided to climb the hill
in an attempt to once again locate the cave where Neil believes the records are
hidden.  At three o'clock in the morning Mike Brown, Wayne Stanton, Neil
Steede, Joseph Mangum, and Tim Brown ventured from Tuxtepec to Cerro
Rabon and slowly made their way up the mountainside.  For most of a day
they chopped through jungle and eventually located the spot where Neil’s cave
experience took place.

Unknown at the time, this was the first of many trips to the mountain.  The
group was terribly unequipped for the venture.  They suffered blisters,
dehydration, and for months afterward one member of the group experienced
the sting and “unexplained rash” that probably was the result of contact with a
poisonous millipede.  But, the seed had been planted.  The interest that was
generated from this small adventure is still spreading and providing continued
hope for many
Book of Mormon believers.