Over the last 40 years, no other person has spent as much time as Wayne May in searching for evidence of the Book of Mormon. He has traveled thousands of miles and has visited hundreds of sites. He has worked with scores of people who have an active interest in Ancient America. New technologies now allow Wayne to take his search to a new level.
SENSYS from Germany and Air Data Solutions from America have agreed to bring the best methods of modern-day science to the search for Zarahemla. These searches will be carried out from aircraft, including state-of-the-art Unmanned Aircraft Systems (commonly known as drones) and piloted airplanes equipped with ultra-high-resolution sensors including visible light, near-infrared, thermal infrared, and lasers (LiDAR) scanners. The images acquired from the air will identify an area of interest where a magnetometer will survey the area looking for featured hidden under the surface that is indicative of ancient city structures. These sensors will create billions of data points. These points are plotted on high-resolution maps generated using spatially explicit geographic information system (GIS) to derive new datasets such as 3-D models showing surface relief at two-inch resolution and changes in vegetation coloration and arrangement patterns that can be indicative of subsurface variation in soil texture, structure, density, water holding capacity, and other factors that can be used to identify historic land cover and its uses. Magnetic scanning will be used to confirm ancient human activities that are presently hidden from the human eye.
Come to the Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy to meet Wayne May at the International Book of Mormon Evidence Conference from April 9th to April 11th, 2020. Wayne will have much more to say about his plans to find Zarahemla.
With German technology, it is possible to discover the Great City of Zarahemla. The plan is for SENSYS to scan 200 acres across the Mississippi River from Nauvoo. It is expected that the technology will produce digital images which will show (1) sections of a city wall from the 1st and the 4th Centuries; (2) ancient habitations which were within the limits of a wall; (3) public and ceremonial buildings which were common for a center of government; and (4) roads and other features which were connected to places where ancient people bought and sold goods. We are not looking for just a few artifacts. We intend to find the exact location of a lost city. Until recently, it would have been challenging to conduct such a search over a large area. We are looking in the ground for organized human activities from the time of the Book of Mormon.
The starting point is clear. Wayne May found it a few years ago. It comes from the physical and the chemical properties of the sand. It has extreme fineness with high compaction. The hypothesis is that 2,000 years ago, ancient people carefully placed the sand to make a foundation for a holy place near Montrose, Iowa. Nomadic people would not have made such a collection of sand.
We estimate that collecting, cleaning, moving, and placing 13,650 tons of fine sand into a pit of 130 ft x 100 ft x 21 ft would have required the organization of 250 workers for one year. These ancient workers and their families lived in a Lost City, which was near the site. We expect that that Lost City was Zarahemla.
We intend to scan hundreds, perhaps thousands, of acres close to the sandpit to find the habitations of those ancient workers and their families. We will use SENSYS technology. The same technology from Germany, which we used last year in Ohio to discover in a few hours seven roundhouses, one with a diameter of 64 feet. Until earlier this year, these roundhouses were unknown to modern man. Now, after the SENSYS scanning, they are known while still resting in the ground, unharmed, to remain as witnesses of ancient times and events.
One of the main activities of the Heartland Research Group will be the collection and analysis of data sets using the SENSYS MX-Carrier. The equipment has 16 magnetometer probes on a rack, which has a width of 12.3 feet. The daily coverage of the machine can be as high as 50 acres. In a day, it is possible to collect a half a billion individual data readings. Each reading will have GPS locations which are accurate to +/- 1/4". From these readings, it will be possible to detect the activities of ancient people who lived in the area of Zarahemla 2,000 years ago. In this first year of its operation, Heartland Research Group will have 125 billion data readings. The collection of these readings will become the most extensive database in America, describing the activities of ancient people who lived anywhere in the Heartland from 200 BC to AD 400.
During the first half of Moroni's life, he was in retreat as his people moved from Zarahemla to Cumorah. During the last half of his life, he was in hiding. Moroni certainly knew the geography of the Book of Mormon. The Angel Moroni had multiple visits with Joseph Smith, and during these visits, he told Joseph Smith about the history of his people on this continent. For eight generations, members have sung "Lo! in Cumorah's lonely hill. A sacred record lies concealed."
For the first 150 years of Church History, the Hill Cumorah in New York was such an essential part of the origin of the Book of Mormon. If or when latter-day prophets have said anything about the Hill Cumorah, they have only confirmed the original story of Joseph Smith. Was this mockery, or was this testimony? When it comes to a testimony of the Book of Mormon, let us take Moroni's original story. He was a messager sent from the presence of God. Moroni said that God had shown us to him. Moroni promised that he would be at the judgment seat of God, and we will have a chance to tell him what we think of the Book of Mormon. Let us pray that we will be humble and honest when we meet Moroni. At that time and in that place, let us refrain from telling Moroni that a North American setting for the Book of Mormon is a mockery. He will have much more to say to us. Until then, let's use the modern tools of science to help Wayne May find the lost city of Zarahemla. Wayne needs your help. Go to the donate button and make your contribution. Your small payment might help you hedge your bets. Until now, too much time and 99% of the research money have gone to Mesoamerica, giving us little or no proof for the Book of Mormon. It is now time to support Mornoni's original story and look for the City of Zarahemla in the right place.