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When did Jesus Christ appear to the Nephites on the American continent? Was it after his resurrection, or was it during the time between his death and the resurrection?

Michael, from Ohio

Dear Michael,

You will find the answer to your question in Third Nephi 1:12,13 and Chapter 11. In fact, it would be a good idea, in order to get a concept of the ministry of the Savior in America, to read the entire book of Third Nephi. It is only 57 pages.

If you are interested in non-scriptural evidence of the visit of the Savior to the Americas following his resurrection, there is a very enlightening book by L. Taylor Hansen, entitled “He Walked the Americas,” that cites Indian legends of the advent of the Savior in the New World by tribes from all over both North and South America, including accounts from Polynesia, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Yucatan, and in the United States, the Puans from Georgia, the Shawnee from Oklahoma, the Cherokee from West Virginia, the Paunee form Mississippi, the Puant from Missouri, the Seneca from New York, the O’Chippewa from Michigan and Canada, the Dacotah from South Dakota, the Cherokee, Chactah, Chickasaw and Creek from Oklahoma, the Cheyenne from Wyoming, the Chinooks, Havasu, Pueblos and Wallapai from Washington, Oregon and California, the Hopi from Arizona and the Seri from the Gulf of California. He was known by many names among the different tribes, including The Healer, Mahnt-Azoma, Tl-Acoma, The Mighty, Kate-Zahl, The Prophet, Lord-Of-The-Wind-And-Water and Tah-co-mah . This is the Great White Spirit, the God of the Americas, the Lord, Jesus Christ.


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