First, I’ll say that no matter how much effort you invest into proving the Book of Mormon to be true, whether through research, archeology, or discussion and debate, there’s only one way to REALLY know, and that’s through a confirmation of the Holy Ghost. That kind of confirmation comes subsequent to sincere supplication, inquiring of the Lord directly of its truthfulness (Moroni 10:3-5 | James 1:5), for whereas “facts” and “evidence” is always subject to dispute, a divine testimony is inarguable to him that receives it.
Still, there’s a certain amount of entertainment value in discovering evidence of the remarkable events described in the Book of Mormon, and certainly an increased validity to the Book of Mormon itself, along with Joseph Smith, who found, translated, and died for it.
On February 3rd, 2008, an iron ore mine was discovered in Nasca Peru. That might seem trivial, but it just so happens that this particular mine is believed to be at least 2,000 years old, placing it squarely within the timeframe the Book of Mormon places the Nephites and the Lamenites at that same time. Historically, critics of the Book of Mormon have used the lack of such a discovery to dispute the validity of the Book of Mormon.
From the Nephi Project’s recent newsletter:
“The discovery is gratifying to George Potter, since his new book (which will be available in the fall of 2008) proposes that Nasca was the possible site of the Book of Mormon’s city of Bountiful.”
You can read about the discovery here.
Still, it surprises me how much dispute there is about the Book of Mormon, not because there are some bits of evidence here and there that it was true, but because if someone really wanted to know, all they’d have to do is read it and ask, with sincerity and faith.
It’s my testimony that the Book of Mormon is true. I know it with complete certainty. Not through any physical evidence or extensive archeological research, but simply because I asked. And that testimony is galvanized daily as I to study its teachings and can be yours by doing the same.