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Why are there no Crosses Upon the Aztec, Maya or any Ancient Pre-Columbus Western Hemisphere Buildings? 

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.

If Jesus Christ really came to the Americas before Columbus then why didn’t Hernandez Cortez, Catholic Priests, and other early explorers find crosses upon any buildings?

Note:     When Hernandez Cortez, Catholic Priests, and other early explorers first arrived in the American’s they looked for crosses on buildings.  The cross in their minds would have represented a Christian belief in Jesus Christ. Even to this day there has been a void of crosses found in or outside of these ancient buildings in Mesoamerica.  
In contrast in our time today, in the United States and elsewhere in the world, we have thousands of crosses on the outside, inside and on the tops of churches, and in various religious buildings.  
Hernandez Cortez in 1519 A.D. seeing no crosses on or in any Aztec buildings and others thereafter seeing few crosses, if any at all, believed that the Aztecs were only pagan and that they had no knowledge of Jesus Christ or Christian believes. 


Question.   Why if the Book of Mormon people knew about Jesus Christ, "…we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ…" (Book of Mormon, (2 Nephi 25:26)   Why then is there so little evidence in the ancient America's, of Christian crosses on or inside these pre-Columbus’ buildings?                                                                                                                                                                    

 Answer:  The death of the Savior on the cross was an Eastern Hemisphere event.  It was the resurrected living Christ who came to the ancient people in the Western Hemisphere.    “…come forth that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet…” (3 Nephi 11:14) 34 A.D.

Is it any wonder that the visit of a living resurrected Jesus Christ in person to these ancient Book of Mormon people would supersede his dead on the cross, an event that took place in the Eastern Hemisphere?  
It was the living Christ, not the dead one, 
who came to the Americas, with the marks or wounds of the nail holes in the palms of the hands. 

What the Spanish Conquistadors, Catholic friars, Catholic Bishops and others missed was an abundance of ancient pre-Columbus hieroglyphs of hands, carved in stone in Mesoamerica.  These carvings of hands are a representation of the prints or marks of the nail holes in the palms of the hands.  
As we today wait for the return, the second coming, of a living Christ.  The Aztec people were also waiting for the return of the God that they in 1519 A.D. called QuetzalcoatlExpecting the return of a God
, who had already came previously, in 34 A.D., with the "prints of the nails" or the wound of the nails in the palms of his hands, to their ancestors.    

The Prophet Nephi saw in vision the Savior's death upon the cross.  (1 Nephi 11:32-33)  The scriptures and information about Nephi's vision was rejected by the Nephite and Lamanite people.
The cross in the pre 1492 A.D., Western Hemisphere, did not have the same significant meaning as it does in our generation.

In fact when Hernando Cortez  and his men gave reverence to a wooden cross that they had made.  The Aztecs thought it was a very strange thing to worship.  The wood cross that they had made out of a tree.  The cross had no meaning to the Aztecs at all.  

To the Aztecs the cross was just a "tree".
<< Bernal Diaz del Castillo recorded that 'when Hernandez Cortez and his men made a cross and then “at the sound of a bell which we had in the camp we all fell on our knees before a cross placed on a sand hill and said our prayers…before the cross.  When Tendile and Pitalpitoque,
[two of the prominent Aztecs], saw us thus kneeling as they were very intelligent, they asked "what was the reason that we humbled ourselves before a tree cut in that particular way"?  To the Aztecs this cross was just a tree cut in that particular way”.  (The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico by Bernal Diaz del Castillo, p. 60)


Even though the cross to the Aztecs in 1509 A.D. had no meaning.  There is evidence that these ancient people in the Western Hemisphere still had bits and pieces of information about Jesus Christ's death upon the cross.


If "about two thousand and five hundred" people were privileged to see the resurrected Jesus Christ and "feel the prints of the nails in his hands".    (3 Nephi 17:25) & (3 Nephi 11:15)

 I don't think they would forget that event.  I think that they would want tell others about that event and record that event.  They would perhaps carve in stone a carving in remembrance of that event.  
The story of that event would most likely be passed down from generation to generation just as the story of Jesus Christ's death upon the cross was recorded and the cross remains a symbol of that event in our generation.


There is no evidence that crosses were ever carved upon or erected upon any buildings by Peter, James, John or any of the early Bible time-period Saints.
It was only after hundreds of years had passed away that the symbol of the cross was used as a sign or symbol of a belief in Jesus Christ. 
   (Archaiology of the Cross, The Catholic Encyclopedia)

It was the same in the New World-Mesoamerica.

 It was only after hundreds of years had passed away that the apostate remaining descents of the Book of Mormon time period people, began to try to piece together the event of Jesus Christ coming down out of the sky to their early Book of Mormon ancestors.
It was the apostate Lamanites that began to carve the marks or prints of holes in the palms of the hands on buildings, hieroglyph records and statutes, as we see carved in stone in Mesoamerica today.


The Spanish Conquistadors did not find crosses that were carved in wood or stone in or upon buildings.  
These pre-Columbus people did not carve hundreds or thousands of crosses on buildings but they did carve in stone repersentations of the resurrected Savior’s hands with the “prints of the nails in his hands”.  
(3 Nephi 11:15)  34 A.D.
These many pre-Columbus carvings of the Savior's hands give significant evidence of the resurrected Jesus Christ's visit to the Americas as recorded in the
 Book of Mormon.


Additional Informtion:
 <<  Hieroglyph, from the ancient city of Yaxchilán, Mexico.  Dated 350-850 A.D.  

See: The Prints of the Nails in Jesus Christ's Hands.