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Pre-Columbus Crosses in the Western Hemisphere 

The Book of Mormon records that the Prophets fortold that the Savior would be;
 "...lifted up upon the cross...."
  (1 Nephi 11:33)  600 B.C to 592 B.C.

There is Historical and Archaeological evidence that these ancient people in the Western Hemisphere still had bits and pieces of information about Jesus Christ’s death upon the cross.

Even though these ancient people had a knowledge about Jesus Christ's death upon the cross, the cross was not used, as we do today, as a sign or symbol of their belief in Jesus Christ.  The main symbol used by these ancient people was the prints of the nails in his hands, which we can find carved upon many buildings!

Information as follows;  
Diego de Landa, first Catholic Bishop in the Yucatan  recorded the following; 
“…a lord of the Indians, [Maya Indians], told me-a man of very good intelligence and of wide reputation among them.” Speaking of this subject one day and asking him if they had at any time heard news of… ‘His holy cross’, he told me that…on tearing down a little building on a certain part of the coast they had found in some graves upon the bodies and bones of the deceased some little metal crosses and that they paid no attention to the matter of the cross, until now…”  (Diego de Landa, first Catholic Bishop in the Yucatan in 1572 ‘Relacion of Landa” p. 208)

“Amongst the many idols and figures which they worship as gods, they have a cross… which many monks and other Spaniards have pronounced to be a cross,” [they, the inhabitants of Cumana], [Venezuela], “place it over children shortly after their birth.”    “In the Yucatan a cross of copper, or wood, was placed over the graves of the dead” (Quote from Gomara, Antiquities of Mexico Vol. 6, p. 4)


[In] "…the temple of Cholula…dedicated to Quecalcoatl, was frequented by pilgrims from all parts of New Spain, …the Spaniards found…on there arrival to the new world,… a wooden cross…."  (Antiquities of Mexico Vol. 8, p. 210)


A cross carved in stone at Palenque, Mexico.

The following Information is from the Catholic Encyclopedia.
 “In the history of the nations of ancient Mexico the coming of Quetzalcoatl marks a distinct era. He, [Quetzalcoatl],introduced the… [reverence] of the Cross and preached Christian doctrine."       

“…the Cross, date, in Anahuac and Yucatan, [correlates on or after] the coming of Quetzalcoatl.”  (To promote the true history of México; The Catholic Encyclopedia: Mexico, Vol. X, October 1, 1911. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor, Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.)

Note in the above statement;   “The Cross, date, in Anahuac and Yucatan”, correlates on or after the Saviors death on the cross and is the same date as the “coming” of the resurrected Savior to the Americas in 34 AD.  It does not refer to Jesus Christ's birth.