|Author||Scot Facer Proctor|
|Publisher||Deseret Book Co|
|Publication Date||December 1, 1993|
Somewhere Nephi built a ship, Chief Captain Moroni dug trenches as fortifications, and a last, desperate battle was fought at a hill called Cumorah. These things didn't happen in a vague nowhere land. Yet, because we do not know their precise geographical locations, it is tempting to read the Book of Mormon as if the people it describes were abstractions in a lost, untouchable world. To add flesh and blood to them, to give their message urgency and passion, Light from the Dust has been created. Using the best existing information, authors Scot and Maurine Proctor have travel two continents with a camera, trying to capture on film the feelings, the light and shadow, the sights that may have been common to the people f the Book of Mormon. What follows is a landmark work, a refreshing surprise. We may not know exactly where Nephi built the ship, but the probable remains of a ship site like the one he described are traced on a remote beach in Oman. We may not know exactly where Captain Moroni's trenches are, but ancient trenches like those he built have been discovered in Guatemala, extending for miles. We may not know exactly where the nephrite nation fell, but a secluded, un explored basin tin the Tuxtla mountains contains the ancient fortifications of a massive battle site. to experience "Light from the Dust is to add a vivid and moving backdrop to the experience of reading the Book of Mormon and to feel again, this time with a visual context, the pleadings of the ancient American prophets to our day to come unto Christ. "We labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ," Nephi said. in that same spirit was this book created.