Cumorah is in New York – Joseph Fielding Smith

This is taken directly from the book Doctrines of Salvation Volume 3 pages 233-234.

Image of Joseph Fielding Smith taken from the Image Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


This modernistic theory of necessity, in order to be consistent, must place the waters of Ripliancum and the Hill Cumorah some place within the restricted territory of Central America, notwithstanding the teachings of the Church to the contrary for upwards of 100 years. Because of this theory some members of the Church have
become confused and greatly disturbed in their faith in the Book of Mormon. It is for this reason that evidence
is here presented to show that it is not only possible that
these places could be located as the Church has held during the past century, but that in very deed such is the case.

It is known that the Hill Cumorah where the Nephites were destroyed is the hill where the Jaredites were also destroyed. This hill was known to the Jaredites as Ramah. It was approximately near to the waters of Ripliancum, which the Book of Ether says, “by interpretation, is large, or to exceed all.” Mormon adds: “And it came to pass that we did march forth to the land of Cumorah, and we did pitch our tents round about the hill Cumorah; and it was in a land of many waters, rivers, and fountains; and here we had hope to gain advantage over the Lamanites.”‘ (Mormon 6:4)


It must be conceded that this description fits perfectly the land of Cumorah in New York, as it
has been known since the visitation of Moroni to the Prophet Joseph Smith, for the hill is in the proximity of the Great Lakes and also in the land of many rivers and fountains. Moreover, the Prophet Joseph Smith himself
is on record, definitely declaring the present hill called Cumorah to be the exact hill spoken of in the Book of
Mormon. (History of the Church, 1948 edition., Volume 2, pages 79-80)

Further, the fact that all of his associates from the beginning down have spoken of it as the identical hill where Mormon and Moroni hid the records, must carry some weight. It is difficult for a reasonable person to believe that such men as Oliver Cowdery, Brigham Young, Parley P. Pratt, Orson Pratt, David Whitmer, and many others, could speak frequently of the spot where the Prophet Joseph Smith obtained the plates as the Hill Cumorah, and not be corrected by the Prophet, if that were not the fact. That they did speak of this hill in the days of the Prophet in this definite manner is an established record of history.

Doctrines of Salvation, 1956, Volume 3 pages 233-234.