I like to say that if you’ve been on a Church history tour, you’ve been on a Book of Mormon tour–although you probably didn’t realize it.
1. The gospel was restored to the exact place where it had last existed on Earth–western New York.
2. Moroni revealed the plates at the same place where he and his father wrote and sealed them (Moroni in his stone box, Mormon in the records repository, both in the Hill Cumorah in New York).
3. Moroni translated the Book of Ether in the same area and with the same instruments that Joseph translated the plates.
4. Moroni and Mormon saw the three Nephites in the same place where they helped Joseph, David Whitmer, etc.
5. The First Vision took place in the same area where the Lord last appeared to man, Moroni.
6. The first latter-day temple was built in Ohio, where the last temple mentioned in the Book of Mormon existed (in Bountiful), and possibly on the exact same location in Kirtland.
7. The war chapters in the Book of Mormon took place on the plains of the Nephites, which Joseph Smith identified as he crossed Ohio, Indiana and Illinois on Zion’s Camp.
8. Mosiah escaped from their enemies in the land of Nephi and went to the land of Zarahemla where they built a city, just as the Saints escaped their enemies in Missouri and went to the land of Zarahemla where they built a city (Nauvoo, across from Zarahemla- D&C 125).
9. Ether prophesied of the New Jerusalem to be established on “this land,” and Joseph Smith identified the New Jerusalem in Missouri.
The next section is a quotation from chapter 35.
Zion’s Camp retraced the military campaigns of Captain Moroni and other Nephite warriors. Joseph and Hyrum Smith are buried in a Nephite (Hopewell) cemetery in Nauvoo.
When Moroni abridged the writings of Ether, he spent an entire chapter covering Ether’s prophecies (Ether 13). It’s interesting that he concludes his summary with a chiastic thought:
12 And when these things come, bringeth to pass the scripture which saith, there are they who were first, who shall be last; and there are they who were last, who shall be first.
Then he says he was forbidden to write more. Maybe because we, the recipients of his writing, would have enough difficulty accepting what he wrote?
He explained how the people rejected the words of Ether, and we wonder how they could have been so foolish and hard hearted. But maybe it’s not so surprising after all.
Ether 13:4 For behold, they rejected all the words of Ether; for he truly told them of all things, from the beginning of man; [think about how scholars reject the Biblical account of the creation of Adam, which Moroni refers to in Moroni 10:3] and that after the waters had receded from off the face of this land [think about how scholars reject a literal flood] it became a choice land above all other lands, a chosen land of the Lord; wherefore the Lord would have that all men should serve him who dwell upon the face thereof;
3 And that it was the place of the New Jerusalem, which should come down out of heaven, and the holy sanctuary of the Lord.
4 Behold, Ether saw the days of Christ, and he spake concerning a New Jerusalem upon this land.
Source: Book of Mormon Wars