170 years ago today - Sep 10, 1843

At a conference in Boston at which seven of the Quorum of the Twelve were present, Elder Wilford Woodruff affirms that the Book of Mormon "contains an account of the ancient inhabitants of this continent who over spread this land with cities from sea to sea," a restatement of the contemporary understanding that the people of Nephi "did cover the whole face of the land, both on the northward and on the southward, from the sea west to the sea east" (Helaman 11:20)

[Source: On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]


  1. See HC 6: 8,11,24. Correction: There were 8 of the Quorum of 12 present.

    Also, this is the correct interpretation:

    land southward = South America.

    land northward = Central America & Mexico..

    land far northward = current USA.

  2. "And it bordered upon the land which they called Desolation, it being SO FAR NORTHWARD that it came into the land which had been peopled and been destroyed, of whose bones we have spoken, which was discovered by the people of Zarahemla, it being the place of their first landing." (Alma 22:30)


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