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Friday, August 10, 2012

Brigham Young University's Neal A. Maxwell Institute Fires Ardent Heartland Critics, "Heartland" Book of Mormon Geography Model of North America.

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Exciting News About the "Heartland" Book of Mormon Geography Model of North America!
FIRM News                Aug. 9, 2012 
 Dear Stephen,

Many fellow supporters of this research have been asking over the last few weeks what we know about the recent firings of the editorial staff of the FARMS Review by BYU's Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship (MI).  We have been looking into the matter and have waited for some of the dust to settle for a clearer view before posting online what we have learned.     
Brigham Young University's Neal A. Maxwell Institute  
Fires Ardent Heartland Critics
What is known is that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owned Brigham Young University oversees an organization called the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.  The BYU appointed management of this organization made a profound change in direction when, on Thursday, June 14th, 2012, Executive Director M. Gerald Bradford fired Daniel C. Peterson, a founder of FARMS (Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies) and long time advocate of Mesoamerican theories, along with his entire editorial staff. Much speculation abounds as to why these firings occurred.  The answer to this question has not been forthcoming.   

Director Bradford cited a desire to "take the Review (Mormon Studies Review, formerly FARMS Review) in a different direction."  The "shake-up," as it was called in a Salt Lake Tribune newspaper article, involves the dismissal of several of the most ardent critics of the Heartland Model Geography, and marks the end of the organization formerly known as FARMS and their flagship publication, FARMS Review. 

The FIRM Foundation Executive Board has published our official statement on the matter online which includes several very informative links for further information which can be accessed on our website by clicking HERE. 
The FIRM Foundation 
Mission Statement and Goals 
Many have wondered what is the overarching purpose of the Foundation for Indigenous Research and Mormonism? The Executive Board would like to announce our aspirations.

They are now published online at our website.  
FIRM Foundation  - Mission Statement

The FIRM Foundation (Foundation for Indigenous Research and Mormonism) is an organization dedicated to showing forth evidences for the Book of Mormon in order to provide LDS Church members with well researched information enabling them to powerfully and respectfully defend its historicity and thus its truthfulness - with the ultimate goal of bringing people unto Christ.

FIRM Foundation - Goals
  1. to bring people to Christ through evidences of the Book of Mormon that cause them to realize that it is a literal historical and prophetic account of real people and events thereby encouraging them to read, study and ponder the book - which ultimately builds and strengthens testimonies of its truthfulness through the Holy Spirit, 
  2. to utilize the prophecies and promises in the Book of Mormon to increase awareness and understanding of the ancient prophetic history that took place in a long established covenanted and promised land - which today is found within the borders of the nation-state called The United States of America,
  3. to conduct research in a multiplicity of scientific and scholarly fields of endeavor which may provide secular support for the historicity of the Book of Mormon - including, but not limited to such disciplines as genetics, archaeology, climatology, anthropology, history, religion, geography, linguistics, mythology, meteorology, astronomy, metallurgy, architecture, ancient texts, Jewish customs, zoology, agronomy, oceanography, geophysics, etc.,
  4. to correlate, publish and offer through our bookstore works of LDS scholars and researchers involving the Heartland Book of Mormon Geography Model and related research in support of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, and the gospel of Jesus Christ, 
  5. to produce, provide and encourage well-researched articles, papers, books, films, newsletters and presentations in support of the Book of Mormon through the Heartland Model,
  6. to create one or more online repositories of knowledge, research and educational materials pertaining to evidence of the Book of Mormon's historicity through the Heartland Model, 
  7. to organize, conduct and sponsor events such as presentations, symposiums, firesides, webinars, and conferences providing educational opportunities for all interested,
  8. to objectively evaluate and review the assertions, articles, books, films, speeches and conferences of individuals or organizations promoting the plethora of Book of Mormon historical settings, and when said research is critical of the Heartland Model, to correct erroneous, unfounded, misrepresented, ill-conceived or poorly researched information as it pertains the Heartland Model through dispassionate instruction and education in a respectful and Christ-like manner that seeks to avoid confrontation and contention,
  9. to provide further on-location educational opportunities through travel and tours to visit proposed Book of Mormon sites and museums in conjunction with Church History and United States history,
  10. to provide forums ( blog, facebook, etc.) where responsible scholars, researchers and interested individuals can discuss and present ideas and discoveries consistent with the Heartland Model setting for the Book of Mormon, and
  11. to organize and engage the many thousands of volunteers who have offered to help with this research and organization.

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FIRM Conclusions          
We have felt it newsworthy to share with our readership these important events.  We also hope that this information helps you in coming to a better understanding of the directions of organizations involved in Book of Mormon geography research. It is our intent only to inform, not judge.

Thank you all for your ongoing support and help in providing powerful, faith building and testimony strengthening evidences in support of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon as are being discovered in America's Heartland!

Executive Board
Foundation for Indigenous Research and Mormonism 
The FIRM Foundation
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