Examining the claims of Jonathan Neville and the Heartland movement

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!

Captain Hook and I wish all the readers—or perhaps the reader—of this blog a happy Easter. This is the holiest day of the year for Latter-day Saints and all Christians, worldwide, driven by our hope of resurrection and eternal life made possible through the atonement of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Although we have deep and substantive disagreements with Jonathan Neville concerning how to understand the geographic setting of the Book of Mormon, I know that we fully agree with him about the Book of Mormon’s core message that “there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent” (Mosiah 3:17).

—Peter Pan


  1. Ha. Thanks for the shout out. Seriously, though, I love this blog. I've become increasingly frustrated by Heartlander (Neville especially) arguments. I feel like their attempts to create a false dichotomy between "the faithful" and "the scholars" is bad news. They can effectively get their uncritical audience to disregard even faithful Church members who present sound arguments by appealing to the concept that the early prophets were infallible and omniscient in all things BOM. I get passionate about it because it's hurtful in the long run. I remember defending the concept that all the Native Americans got here via Nephite boat rather than the Bering Strait. I felt super embarrassed when I was challenged and proven wrong by a colleague. Anyway, from that time forward, I've been a lot more meticulous with my research and claims, and the Mesoamerican model is unquestionably the stronger and, truly, the only viable model.
    Bottom line, the only words I can find to describe this blog is that it is "deliciously on point." Thank you for creating it!
    (you don't need to approve this comment to show up on the post--I just wanted you guys to know it, ha.

    1. Thanks for the kind words and vote of confidence, Tron! It's wonderful to hear that someone has discovered this little blog and appreciates what the Captain and I are doing. — Peter


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