Archaeologists and historians tell about a Great White God that made an appearance to the ancient Americas long before the time of Columbus.  He taught the ancients his true religion, raised some of their dead, healed many of their sick, taught new and more productive methods of agriculture, and established a government of equality and peace.  He came suddenly and left suddenly in a supernatural manner.  The ancients regarded him as the Creator, come to earth in bodily form.  Many now readily admit that his teachings were akin to those of the Bible.  And that he promised to return in a second coming is an acknowledged fact, well attested by historical accounts.  The tradition of a White God in ancient America was preserved through generations of Indians from Chile to Alaska, and has been significantly persistent likewise among the Polynesians from Hawaii to New Zealand.

So convincing is the information now available concerning the Great White God as he appears in the legends of the Aztecs, that author Paul Herrmann was induced to say the following in his book Conquest by Man:

“Carefully considered this leaves no conclusion open than that the Light God Quetzalcoatl was a real person, that he was neither an invention of Spanish propaganda nor a legendary figment of Indian imagination" (p. 172).

This being was known as Quetzalcoatl, Votan or Gucumatz in various parts of Mexico, known as Viracocha and Hyustus in Peru, as Sume in Brazil, and as Bochica in Colombia.  To the Peruvians he was also known as Con-tici or Illa-Tici, Tici meaning both Creator and the Light.  To the Mayans he was principally known as Kukulcan.  In the Polynesian islands he was Lono, Kana, Kane, or Kon, and sometimes Kanaloa—the Great Light or Great Brightness.  He also was regarded as Kane-Akea, the Great Progenitor, or Tonga-roa, the god of the ocean sun.

Who was this Great White God? As Jesus Christ ministered in mortality among the Jews, he spoke of another body of believers—his "other sheep". (See John 10:16.) He promised to go to them and minister among them.

This he did—in America.  When the Crucifixion took place and the earthquakes shook Palestine, even worse quakes, tempests, and conflagrations swept over the Western Hemisphere.  The Book of Mormon tells the story:

“And it came to pass in the thirty and fourth year, in the first month, on the fourth day of the month, there arose a great storm, such an one as never had been known in all the land.

And there was also a great and terrible tempest; and there was terrible thunder, insomuch that it did shake the whole earth as if it was about to divide asunder.  And there were exceeding sharp lightnings, such as never had been known in all the land.

And the city of Zarahemla did take fire" (3 Nephi 8:5-8).

According to the account, the damage was immense.  Highways were broken up, cities were sunk, many persons were slain, and the whole face of the land was changed—all in the space of about three hours.

Then, "it came to pass that there was thick darkness upon all the face of the land, insomuch that the inhabitants thereof who had not fallen could feel the vapor of darkness" (3 Nephi 8:20).

After three days, there came a voice that all the people witnessed as saying:

“O ye people of these great cities which have fallen, who are descendants of Jacob, yea, who are of the house of Israel, how oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and have nourished you.

. . . how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens, and ye would not" (3 Nephi 10:3-5).

Later a great multitude of people gathered about a temple in a land called Bountiful, and again they heard a voice, repeating itself three times.

“And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which they heard; and it said unto them:

Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.

And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them.

And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying: Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.  And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.

And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words the whole multitude fell to the earth; for they remembered that it had been prophesied among them that Christ should show himself unto them after his ascension into heaven.

And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying:

Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.

And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom if was written by the prophets, that should come.

And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying: Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him” (3 Nephi 11:6-17).

In the days that followed, the same divine visitor introduced the blessing of the bread and wine as a sacrament; he called forth all their sick, afflicted, lame, blind, and dumb, and healed them; he organized an administration to teach and baptize in his name, and he counseled these leaders and the multitudes about his doctrine.  Then after many days, “there came a cloud and overshadowed the multitude that they could not see Jesus.  And while they were overshadowed he departed from them, and ascended into heaven.  And the disciples saw and did bear record that he ascended again into heaven” (3 Nephi 18:38-39).

This is the true story of the Great White God in ancient America. He is Jesus the Christ, the Savior of all mankind.

Click here "Third Nephi 8 - 28:24 (40 pages)" to read the actual account of this story from the Book of Mormon.

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