- Religion and Philosophy
The Book Of The Tribe of Joseph
The Temple of Kukulkan In Chichen Itza
Journey To The Promised Land
About 600 BC,the Israelites of the tribe of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, were warned of God about the impending destruction of Jerusalem and told to cross the great waters and to establish themselves in a new land of promise, which we now call the Americas.
After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Jesus appeared in the Americas to these people and taught them his saving Gospel and established his church in ancient America. When He visited the Maya people they called him Kukulkan, the “Feathered Serpent”— The God of Wind and Water, for he controlled the wind and walked on water. Among the Aztecs, he was also called the “Feathered Serpent”—-Quetzalcoatl —and depicted in that way, symbolically, on their temples of worship.
The Feathered Serpent
His Other Sheep
Jesus Christ had foretold of a visit to this other tribe of Israel before his death while in Jerusalem, recorded in the Bible, St. John Chapter 10:6—“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”
When Christ was in ancient America, the Prophet Nephi wrote down His words to the people there: 3 Nephi 15:21-22 —“And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said: Other sheep I have which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. And they understood me not, for they supposed it had been the Gentiles; for they understood not that the Gentiles should be converted through their preaching.”
The Words of Ezekiel
The Prophet Ezekiel in the Old Testament also wrote about the records of the tribe of Joseph( Ezekiel 37:16-17),”—take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: ( the Bible) then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:( The Book of Mormon) And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.” This prophesy has now been fulfilled, for the records of the tribe of Joseph are contained in the Book of Mormon and the records of the Tribe of Judah are contained in the Bible—and the two books are now available together in our hand.
Chichen Itza--Symbolic carvings
Who Was The Real Feathered Serpent?
When my family and I were in Cancun we took a tour to see the Pyramid of Kukullkan at Chichen Itza. I asked our guide, who was of Mayan decent, if he knew about the Feathered Serpent, Quetzalcoatl, and who he really was. He took me aside, and told me that he did; that there were other places in Mexico and South America where they knew about him and whose ancient people also had worshiped him—He told me that there were similar carvings on their temples and statues that he knew about—some that showed him as a bearded man within the head of the Feathered Serpent. He told me that the “Feathered Serpent” was called by different names according to their own native language. Then this young man showed me a picture he was carrying. I was surprised to see it, for I was familiar with this particular painting. It was a copy of the painting of Jesus Christ appearing, after the great destruction described in the Book of Mormon, to the people in the ancient Americas.
The Promise of The Book of Mormon
There is a great promise with the Book of Mormon—-(the records of the tribe of Joseph)—that if you read it with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, He will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost.
I bare you my witness that I know this to be true, for I read the book and prayed to know if it were true and the Holy Ghost bore witness to me that the Book of Mormon was true.