45 Come Follow Me (Ether 6-11) Book of Mormon Evidence – Paul Horvath – Part 2
Rod Meldrum and Latter-Day Media
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Paul Horvath is a metallurgical engineer retired from the automotive world. His career centered on the heat treatment of steel for gears, shafts, bearings, tools, and other components including problem solving for industrial processes. He received a BS degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Paul has two wives, one wife is deceased, and six children, and fourteen grandchildren. His avocation is studying and living the gospel with the intent to know Jesus Christ.
He and Rod Meldrum met in 2011 when Rod’s tour bus stopped overnight in the Indianapolis area and Paul attended a presentation.
The Heartland Model has sufficient detail to resonate as true with Paul. A key issue is that metalworking has not been found before 600-800 AD in Mesoamerica. The Book of Mormon informs that Nephi was making metal swords approximately 590 BC, about 1000 years earlier. Ancient design iron smelting furnaces from Nephite time frames have been found buried in Ohio with iron still in the molds. Solving engineering problems requires that all the facts agree to explain the cause of a problem, otherwise the true cause is still unexplained. By this logic, Mesoamerica could not be where Book of Mormon events took place because of the lack of metalworking in the Nephite time frame.