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The "Stela #5" stone carving was found in October of 1939 by Matthew W. Stirling
It stood in the temple courts at the ancient ruin City call “Izapa” in the southwestern corner of Mexico.
The Stela measures approximately 8 feet high, 5 feet wide 2 feet thick. Archaeologist date “Stela 5” at approx. 100AD. In 1957, Dr. M. Wells Jakeman, from Brigham Young University, interpreted the carving as a representation of "Lehi's dream" or the "Tree of Life" recorded in Nephi 8: 1-38.
This beautiful illustration of the Tree of Life is an incredible reference to this powerful engraving. The commentary underneath the illustration says: "Among many other engraved stone monuments in the area, a 15 ton Stela located on the Guatemala-Mexico border and close to the City of Tapachula Chiapas bears witness of a Civilization that dates to the time period of The Book of Mormon (600BC-350AD).
Book your tour today with Alma´s LDS Tours, and come learn more about these amazing parallelisms of Ancient Mesoamerica and The Book of Mormon!.