Why Mound Rovers?

While Zion’s Camp was in Illinois, they camped one day near a large ancient earthen mound. Several of the brethren hiked to the top where they found what looked like an ancient altar and bones on the ground.  They dug into the dirt and found an intact skeleton of a man with an obsidian point in his ribs.

Through revelation, Joseph Smith identified the man as Zelph.

This event was documented in the journals of several of the brethren that were present.


The next evening, on the banks of the Mississippi River, Joseph Smith penned a letter to his wife Emma.

“The whole of our journey, in the midst of so large a company of social honest men and sincere men, wandering over the plains of the Nephites, recounting occasionally the history of the Book of Mormon, roving over the mounds of that once beloved people of the Lord, picking up their skulls & their bones, as a proof of its divine authenticity”


As Joshua and I were exploring the ancient Mound Builder sites in Ohio, that phrase came to mind very profoundly: “Roving over the Mounds of that once beloved people of the Lord”.

Was this Joseph Smith telling us that the ancient Mound Builders of North America ARE the Nephites?

This is what we set out to discover, by Mound Roving ourselves!


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