Event #3 This Land, The Heartland Model
“This Land” is a very special land as referenced in the Book of Mormon.
The everlasting decree and title of liberty associated with “This Land” make it
a land above all others on earth.This session, and the two that follow, will delve
deep into the evidence that shows that “This Land” is in fact The United States of America.
From Palmyra, Kirtland and on too Nauvoo, and throughout the Book of Mormon we will
identify scriptural evidence that clearly points to this land of liberty, the home of a free
nation that has been home to the fullness of the gospel on numerous occasions.
Join us for this exciting discussion on “This Land, The Heartland Model”.
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LEADING AUTHORITIES FOR TODAY’S EVENT
“THE GOSPEL IN ANCIENT CULTURES”
Bruce H. Porter earned his bachelor’s degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from B.Y.U. and went on to receive his master’s degree in Middle East Studies with an emphasis in Semitic languages.
He has studied Hebrew Aramaic, Akkadian, Coptic, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, and others languages, with a minor in ancient Near Eastern Religions. His graduate coursework was in the History of Religions, with an emphasis in Egyptian religion and textual studies.
Brother Porter has done extensive research for the BYU’s Religious Studies Center, on the Pearl of Great Price and the Book of Abraham, and been instrumental in the research and discovery of the Antonio Lebolo Will. He has done scriptural research in the major museums and libraries of Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Brother Porter has presented papers for the “Society for Early Historic Archaeology” and the “Journal of Egyptian Archeology” the Encyclopedia of Mormonism and has also co-authored a paper with Stephen Ricks that was published in By Study and also by Faith, a two-volume work honoring Hugh Nibley. During his graduate work, he assisted in the research and writing of a documentary on Egyptian archeology for BBC. Brother Porter is also the author of many books which titles include: Prophecies and Promises, The Book of Mormon, An Everlasting Decree, The Threshing Floor of Faith. Class notes and study guides have been published on; The Book of Moses, A Scriptural Study Guide for The Book of Revelation, as well as other papers on specific scriptural and doctrinal topics. He is a sought-after speaker for presentations and seminars that are focused on the scriptures and the Book of Mormon.
Coupled with his writing and research, Brother Porter’s background has presented him with an opportunity to host lead and guided tours. Working for BYU Travel Study, Murdock Travel, LDS Travel and now for Portertours.com, with his focus being on Church History, Book of Mormon, and the Biblical World including Egypt, Israel, and the Mediterranean world.
Born in Mesa Arizona, Brother Porter has lived in Utah, Israel, and Southern California while working for CES. He also served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southwestern England and Wales. Semi-retired he now teaches adult religion classes in the Mesa-Gilbert area and continues his passion of scriptural research and writing. He has served in many ward and stake positions throughout his life and continues to do so. Bruce and his wife Margaret have ten children, and 25+ grandchildren, and are now living in Queen Creek, Arizona.
Brother Porter’s testimony, research, and message are dedicated to the truthfulness of the scriptures, and in particular the Book of Mormon, the divine calling of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and of course Jesus Christ and the necessity to Come unto Him for Salvation. Because of this he is a sought after speaker, teacher, and tour guide.
Jonathan Neville is a lawyer, businessman, educator and author who has written over forty books, including both nonfiction and fiction. He has studied Church history and the Book of Mormon for decades, but didn’t begin publishing in the field until 2015. As of July 2020, he has published ten books on these topics. He also writes for several blogs, including http://www.lettervii.com.
Brother Neville approaches these issues like the criminal prosecutor he once was. He pursues the evidence wherever it leads and doesn’t simply “assume” anything or take anyone’s word at face value. When it comes to Church history, he follows the adage: “trust, but verify.” That process of verifying has led to some important new discoveries that he thinks are faith-affirming and corroborate what Joseph Smith said and what the Book of Mormon teaches.
For the last twenty-five years, Jonathan has lived mostly in Utah, but he has lived in Europe for 8 years, in the Philippines, in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Washington, Tennessee, and Illinois. In 2018 he and his wife lived in Africa (Mauritius) and in 2019 they lived in China. He has visited over 60 countries on every continent—including a Chilean base in Antarctica. He travels frequently with his wife Beverly, a PhD and college professor and author.
Jonathan’s first Mormon-related book, The Lost City of Zarahemla, examines the origins of the anonymous articles in the 1842 Times and Seasons.
Tim Ballard, author of the Lincoln Hypothesis among other books, says Brother Neville’s book titled Moroni’s America is “a definite game changer… finally a complete, honest, and faithful look at Book of Mormon geography that deals with all the tough questions.”
Brother Neville’s book, Whatever Happened to the Golden Plates?, explains how Joseph Smith actually translated two separate sets of plates—only one of which came from Moroni’s box in the Hill Cumorah. His latest book, A Man that Can Translate, focuses on understanding the disparate historical accounts of the translation of the Book of Mormon.
Brother Neville has spoken at firesides and conferences throughout the United States and in Europe.
Wayne May, author and publisher of Ancient American Magazine now in its 25th year of print, continues to fill its pages with new and past discoveries in the Americas. They publish the quarterly magazine Ancient American which covers pre-Columbian Americas. Wayne is responsible for a wide variety of very significant discoveries supporting the Heartland Model.
Wayne is an Elder in the LDS Church. A convert of 46 years, Wayne was born and raised in Wisconsin. Service in the Church includes four Branch Presidencies, three Elder Quorum Presidencies, Seminary Instructor, Gospel Doctrine Instructor and Veil Worker. Wayne and his wife Kristine currently live in Menomonie Wisconsin, which is in the Oakdale, Minnesota Stake. Kristine is active with Wayne in the archaeological discoveries of the Midwest. Wayne and Kristine are the parents of seven children, and grandparents to twenty two.
VIRTUAL PLATFORM FEATURES
4Ms choice of virtual platform provides participants with a fully interactive experience with the speakers…
The audience may connect in multiple ways with the speaker, other participants, sponsors and vendors!
You will engage via…
- Main Stage – up close and personal
- Live Streaming with PowerPoint delivers abundant content
- Chat Rooms to see other’s reaction and what they think
- Q&A session can answer your questions
This presents a huge advantage over typical platforms. It’s just like being at a real conference! You will have a much deeper, more interactive and engaging experience with the content, speakers and participants!
other events in the series
- The Title of Liberty
- The U.S. Constitution & the Gospel
- The Gospel in Ancient Cultures
- Signs of the Times / The Last Days
- New Evidences of the Book of Mormon
- Book of Mormon Lands, Heartland vs. Central America
- The Lost City of Zarahemla
- Christology & Kirtland Ohio
- Temple Text in the Scripture
- Others Subjects TBA…
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Empower people to closely examine scriptures to gain greater light and knowledge.
Content from speaker must be substantiated through at least one of three sources; The Standard Works, The words of a prophet while they were a prophet or from verifiable words of the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr.
Doctrine transcends tradition and tradition is the seedbed for apostasy