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When the Book of Mormon People Lived Righteously They were Commanded to Build Temples.

"And I, Nephi, did build a temple; and I did construct it after the manner of the temple of Solomon...."  (2 Nephi 5:16)

."... the people gathered themselves together throughout all the land, that they might go up to the temple to hear the words which king Benjamin should speak unto them."  (Mosiah 2:1)

"...there were a great multitude gathered together, of the people of Nephi, round about the temple which was in the land Bountiful...."  (3 Nephi 11:1)

The pure Gospel of Jesus Christ was taught in the Pre-Columbus “New World”, Western Hemisphere.
The Savior himself taught and called Prophets, twelve Disciples or Apostles organized His Church and built Temples in the Pre-Columbus Book of Mormon time period.

Maya Indians Wearing Aprons from the town of Patzum, Guatemala.


     << Elder Milton R. Hunter

“I was somewhat amazed and intensely interested when we came to a town named Patzun (Pat-zoon) to observe that all the men on the streets were wearing a certain type of unusual, peculiar apron. The women on the other hand did not wear such aprons. I called the guide’ s attention to it. He informed us that the aprons constitute a portion of those Indians regular daily costume, and the men in that particular village and perhaps the entire tribe having worn that same identical type of apron for as long as he could remember. I suggested that on our way back from Chichicastenango I would like to take some photos of some of the men who were wearing those aprons.
The following day as we entered Patzum we stopped our car and asked two men who were wearing those aprons if we could take their pictures. They readily consented. After photographing them, I asked the two Indians, “Why do you wear those aprons?”
They replied, “It is a sacred custom of our people which has come down to us from the distant past. We wear them because of our traditions and customs.”
A year later near the same town, I photographed a man and his wife. As the reader will observe, the man is wearing an apron.”  (Archaeology and the Book of Mormon, by Milton R. Hunter, p. 67-68)

Maya Indians Clothing


<< Kuna Indians of the San Blas Islands, just off the eastern shore of Panaman, wearing aprons.






  << Mayas and their friends at Izapa, Mexico 2010 following the Maya Creation Ceremony.


"Individual blessings were then given to each person surrounding the 12 Maya “Elders” in the circle. Each Maya Elder held a candle (symbolizing light) and a pine branch (symbol of the Tree of LIfe) which they used to touch different parts of the bodies. First they touched and blessed the head, then ears, eyes, nose and mouth. Next they blessed the arms and hands, then the back and front of the person. Finally they blessed the legs and feet, always touching each part with the Candle and Pine Branch."  ( Institute of Maya Studies (IMS-Miami, Florida) Newsletter Feb. 2, 2015 is an Introduction to the Video of the Maya Ceremonies.) 

Maya Ceremonies, (13:12 min.)