Book of Mormon Geography – Why?

The editor(s) of the Book of Mormon repeatedly make it clear that the work is intended for a future readership – namely, our present day (see Mormon, chapter 3, for example). Given that this is the case, what is the point of the geography that we cannot decipher? The LDS Church has made it clear that no one really knows where the geographical locations in the BOM are located. And yet there is a large amount of geographical detail in the book. Why would past authors who knew that the work was intended for a future readership include all these details that are next to useless for our understanding of the work and do not add to our ability to understand the text?


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