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JON - I am trying to show someone that when Jesus told his apostles "other sheep I have, I must also go" about what time period was that. Then when Jesus appears to the Americas to teach, what time period was that. There is a discription I heard, that is also from native american history of Quetzalcoatl that is like Jesus. Can you help with scripture of bible and book of mormon or anything else.

JOEL - Only educated guesses have been made as to the timing of the events in the life of Jesus. Most Bible scholars agree that He was born about 4 B.C. and was about 30 years old (27 A.D.) when He started His ministry (See Luke 3:23) and that he was crucified when he was about 33 years old (30 A.D.). Jesus told his apostles about the "other sheep" (John 10: 16) about half way into his ministry so he would have been about 31 or 32 years old. He visited the Nephites soon after his crucifixion, which the Book of Mormon states as being 34 A.D (3 Nephi 11. See chapter heading). Calendars would have been different between the old and new worlds.

As to the correlation of Indian legends with Book of Mormon events, several Catholic padres were told by the Indians that Quetzalcoatl had suffered death by crucifixion. Von Humboldt, an important explorer and collector of Indian traditions during the past century, states that the "Fair God" ". . . was crucified for the sins of mankind, as is plainly declared in the tradition of Yucatan, and mysteriously represented in the Mexican paintings." (Von Humboldt, cited in John Taylor, Mediation and Atonement (Salt Lake City, 1882), p. 202)

Lord Kingsborough collected numerous Indian legends and writings of Catholic fathers and published them in nine massive volumes under the title of Antiquities of Mexico. In his famous collection he presents much evidence of the crucifixion of the "White Bearded God." Speaking of an early Mexican document, President John Taylor quotes Kingsborough as stating:

"Quetzalcoatl is there painted in the attitude of a person crucified, with the impression of nails in his hands and feet, but not actually upon the cross." Again: "The seventy-third plate of the Borgian MS. is the most remarkable of all, for Quetzalcoatl is not only represented there as crucified upon a cross of Greek form, but his burial and descent into hell are also depicted in a very curious manner." (Lord Kingsborough, Antiquities of Mexico)

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