A fundamental aspect of the good news of the gospel is the message of liberty. As President Joseph F. Smith said, “The Kingdom of God is a Kingdom of freedom; the gospel of the Son of God is the gospel of liberty.” Men of God, both ancient and modern, have spoken on this issue repeatedly. This book analyzes what liberty is and how it applies to government.
And it came to pass that Hagoth, he being an exceedingly curious man, therefore he went forth and built him an exceedingly large ship, on the borders of the land Bountiful, by the land Desolation, and launched it forth into the west sea, by the narrow neck which led into the land northward. (Alma 63:5)
That chapter describes the people who followed suit, departing in droves. Check this forum discussion for ideas on why there is a prominent belief in the LDS culture that the polynesians are descendants of Hagoth’s people.
You can find more about this book (and following books by descendants of Hagoth, supposedly) at mentinah.com. Here is the description of the Book of Hagoth:
Hagoth built ships and departed from the Land Southward with his family and twelve Nephite and twelve Ammonite families. They traveled north along the Pacific coastline to the mouth of the Colorado River, up the Colorado River to the area now known as Four Corners where they settled for a time. They became known as the Nemenhah people. They left the Four Corners area and established two new settlements – one on the plains area and the other further north in the mountains where they remained undefiled by the Gadiantonem Robbers.
Now, this “Book of Hagoth” (and the whole Mentinah Archives bit) strikes me as a bit odd. At the least, I have these questions I’d like answered.
- The website says that the Chruch was contact in ’57, so they’re apparently aware (or were at one time aware) of this stuff. Has there been any comment by a GA or church official?
- Why is this the first that anybody has really heard of this?
- The description for the Book of Hagoth makes specific reference to the Colorado River and the Four Corners area. These are modern names for these locations. I’m surprised that with all the speculation regarding BoM locations, that these Mentinah people are apparently able to pinpoint, with amazing accuracy, the modern-day locations of ancient settings…
- When is the full english translation due out?
- If this is true scripture, why isn’t it going through normal church channels, rather than a third-party, non-church-authorized translation and publication?
- The website reports interaction w/ Brigham Young. Is there anything in Pres. Young’s journals or notes that indicate this ever taking place?
The skeptic in me chalks this all up to being a false hoax. Whether it is intentionally meant to deceive or not, I’m not sure. However, the moderate, open-minded part of me (which I sometimes let out of its cage) wants to ponder this a bit, and research a tad more.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are not canonized scripture, yet LDS scholars have noted several things of worth contained therein. The main difference is that a plethora of scholars have analyzed the actual documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls to determine their legitimacy and antiquity. As I understand it, no such thing has happened with the “plates of various metals and alloys of metals, processed animal hides and paper velum” used in the Mentinah Archives.
Hogwash? Or an apocryphal record worth investigating? I’m not sure how I feel about all this…