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Father Lehi

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The name Moroni in Mayan Stone pt.1

So I recently finished reading Dr. Robert Pate's book "Mormon Names in Mayan Stone".  I have to admit that I like this book a lot but it seems like I may be missing some of the basic understanding on Mayan glyph reading that may have allowed some of these ideas to sink in a bit easier.  There are a few sections that I really liked especially the portion on the different versions of the name Moroni.  Here's briefly what Dr. Pate had to say about the Mayan interpretations of the name Moroni. 

In Guatemalan geography and history one finds two villages named Almolonga by the Spaniards, which Recinos (1953, 127n) says the Mexicans called Atmulaunca from the word moloni. As we know, the Nahua people did not use the letter “R” in their spoken language, Nahuatl. They were aware of the letter and the sound but they did not like the people or the language of the people who used the letter “R”. Bernardino de Sahagun wrote that the Aztec people referred to the people who used the “R” in their language as those who spoke with a “barbarous tongue”. This may have referred to some Chinese intrusion. The Chinese do an “R” for “L” switch on their spoken language. It has been documented that the Chinese were in the Americas. The only question is how soon. The evidence would indicate that it was prior to Lehi’s arrival. We know that the Chinese sailors frequented the Americas. We have also seen the “L” for “R” among the Chorti Maya branch of the Cholan group of Maya. Thus, Moloni is exactly Moroni.

 Bernardino de Sahagun
Moloni (Moroni) has reference to the hot water thermals in volcanic regions and translates into Mek’ina or “hot water” in Quiche.  Thus, we have two forms of the name Moroni, one from Nahuatl and one from Maya, Moloni and Mek’ina’ respectively. The Mek’ina form shows up in the Hopi language of Arizona where mukina means “to warm up”. It is the Mek’ina form of Moroni that we find extensively in Maya stone. 

Now that we have a basic understanding of the Moloni and Mek'ina interpretation for the name Moroni in part 2 of this post you will get to see Dr. Pates speculative theory on the golden plates and how Moroni was able to finish writing what we know as the Book of Mormon and the remaining sealed portion which is twice the size of the Book of Mormon even though just prior to all of this he states that he is running out of room on the plates, and is all alone and has no ore to make more plates.  I know it sounds like quite the mystery but when taken into context this theory will spark your interest....stay tuned for part 2.


  1. SEE:
    Publications of ROBERT A.PATE, PhD
    The latest, color, zoom-able BofM geography map is freely downloadable at
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    Book 1: MAPPING THE BOOK OF MORMON: A Comprehensive Geography of Nephite America (2002, Hardbound, 509 pages)
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    Book 2: MORMON NAMES IN MAYA STONE (2009, eBook & Softbound, 146 pages)
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    Book 3: MORMON KEY TO MAYA CODE (Feb. 2012, eBook, 283 pages)
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    Book 4: MORMON FOOTPRINT IN MESOAMERICA (Feb. 2012, eBook, 150 pages)
    A (.pdf) copy of this book can be freely downloaded at
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    This seminal work provides the methodology and trail-of-discovery that led to the identification of the
    cities and lands of the Book of Mormon – a never-before accomplished feat. Discovery of the
    place names accentuated the need for paradigm shifts to traditional thinking.
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    Mormon, Moroni, Lehi, Nephi, Zoram, and other Book of Mormon personalities are identified in Maya
    writings and stone glyphs – something never before accomplished by researchers.
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    Book 3: MORMON KEY TO MAYA CODE (2012)
    Locations of living Book of Mormon survivors are determined by tribe with concomitant DNA
    implications. Read the natives' account of the hill Cumorah battle. The extensive Zarahemla silk
    industry and Chinese connection are also identified in the Maya glyphs.
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    A short and clear walk through the Book of Mormon, identifying each city and land relevant to the
    Nephite travels and wars – including Zarahemla, Bountiful, Desolation, and Cumorah – each identified
    by name in the “native chronicles”. An alphabetical list of all major Book of Mormon cities and
    sites with their GPS coordinates is provided at the back of the book – with color maps.
    A (.pdf) copy of this book can be freely downloaded at
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    The latest, color, zoom-able BofM geography map is freely downloadable at

    1. Hey thanks for the links!!! Greatly appreciated. I will surely check them out.