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"The Tree of Life - Der Baum des Lebens" wurde gefunden 1939


Matthew W. Stirling

This "Stela 5" stone carving was found in October 1939, by Matthew W. Stirling.  It stood in the temple courts  at the ancient  ruin city called "Izapa" in the South Western corner of Mexico.   It is the fifth and largest carved stone slabs out of more than 60 carved stone monuments that were found at Izapa. 
"Stela 5" measures approximately 8 femore than 60 carved stone monuments thet high, 5 feet wide and 2 feet thick.  

Archaeologists date it any were from 0 AD to 200 AD.  



The following are a few examples of carvings on the "Izapa Stela 5" stone. Which make an interesting comparison when comparing them to Lehi's Vision in

1 Nephi 8:2-35. 


Colored STELA 5

IZAPA Stela 5 Tree has 12 Roots, a trunk with jogs and cuts and shapes that measure the Maya World Ages. The top has eight branches.  Left is the Goddess and right the God of the Tree. The Rain cycle begins on the right (east) showing rain falling into the rivers and ocean, then evaporation glyphs on the left (west) bring moisture back to the clouds at the top. The Rain Cycle symbolizes the Human Life Cycle.  The Ancestral Family is seated at the base. 


Matthew W. Stirling (1896 - 1975) Foto


IZAPA Visitor Center

See Ancient America Studies  

Izapa Visitor Center is on top of Mound 23 .

 Antonio D’amiano Atristain - owner of Izapa Visitor Center. Outdoors with wife Mirna Janet and Artist Israel Ramos. 

Stela-5 and Stela-11 with harvest season on the wall. 


Bärtiger Mann - Bearded Man - Jesus~Christus. Auch Quetzalcoatl genannt.

Weitere Informationen

Charles Anthon Transcript von Martin Harris in Reformierten Ägyptisch


Eine Echtheitsdiskussion in Bezug auf Joseph Smith's Übersetzung des Book of Mormon, ist unter dem Begriff Anthon Transcript bekannt geworden ist. Die Mayas hatten eine völlig andere Schrift.

Reformed Egyptian in Mexico. Die Sprache des Buches Mormon.

Cancun / Mexico


In Holbox kann man mit dem Gocart fahren. Autos sind verboten. Anbei ist das Haus in Cancun zu sehen.




Rückseite der Stela


Reformed Egyptian (Joseph Smith)


Jerry L. Ainsworth hat den kleinen Stein, genannt "the Lock", daheim in seiner Wohnung.

Die große Stela ist von Xochicalco, gefunden von Dr. Jesus Padilla Orozo um 1950 und ist im Heim seines Freundes in Mexico. Der Kirche wurden diese zwei Steine zum Kauf angeboten. Aber der Kauf wurde abgelehnt, weil der mexikanische Staat auf alle Funde besteht und auch nichts dafür bezahlt.

Jerry L. Ainsworth in Xochicalco

 1. Question: The two stones that have reformed Egyptian writings on them, where are they now? 


  Answer: I emailed and/or talked to Jerry L. Ainsworth in 2011.  At that time, I asked Jerry Ainsworth where the stone called the Lock was? He told me that he had it right there in his home.

 I also asked him where the stone “8 inches thick” by about 5’ 5” tall, Xochicalco Stella stone was located, that was found by Dr. Jesus Padilla Orozco, in the 1950’s.  He told me that the large Xochicalco Stella stone was at that time, located in a friend’s home in Mexico.  


2. Question: Are the two stones with Reformed Egyptian writings on them, authentic or forgeries? 

Answer: Jerry Ainsworth answers this question in his book called,"The Lives & travels of Mormon & Moroni", which was published in 2000.  In this book he explains how he obtained the stone from a friend of his, Jesus Padilla Orozco.  These Stella stones were given to Jerry Ainsworth for some of the following reasons; 
1st Because Jerry Ainsworth was a friend who had helped Jesus Padilla Orozco in the past.
2nd Padilla Orozco was in poor health. 
3rd Padilla Orozco was afraid that the large stone would be taken away from him.  
Note: It is against the law in Mexico for any private individual to have, hide or own any antique artifacts.

Xochicalco Stela (pdf)


Reformed Egyptian (pdf)


Xochicalco Stone called "Lock"





Dr. Jesus Padilla




Dr. Jesus Padilla & Jose Davila

An Analysis of the Padilla Gold Plates By Ray T. Matheny

 The Padilla gold "plates" are well known in LDS Church archaeological-anthropological circles, where they have been the subject of publications, papers, discussion, and firsthand examination. They have become an exciting topic and have often been used in missionary endeavors as an example of empirical evidence for the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. If authentic, these twelve postage stamp-size plates represent the moat significant archaeological evidence of the Book of Mormon yet to appear. If not authentic, they are an embarrassing fraud. Thus, they deserve careful examination. The following article will examine the circumstances of their reported discovery, their physical description, their apparent means of production, and the content of their engravings in an attempt to determine their historic value.

The plates were reportedly found in a tomb in Guerrero, Mexico, which was excavated by Dr. Jesus Padilla Orozco and his companions sometime between 1952 and 1956. Dr. Padilla, now a physician in Mexico, claims that many other gold objects were found and distributed among other men participating on the tomb excavation, but he chose to take the plates because the writing on them interested him.

The original Padilla collection consisted of twelve plates, five of which were turned over to Jose Davila, and seven were retained by Dr. Padilla. All twelve plates have now been examined by the author.

Circumstances of Discovery

In January 1971, Dr. Padilla displayed for Dr. Paul Cheesman and me some of the plates and other artifacts reportedly taken from the Guerrero tomb. These consisted of numerous small objects including an array of jade beads shaped like calabashes, short tubes, and round forms, all drilled for stringing. Also found were carved shell, stone receptacles, carved obsidian and jade earspools, jade labrets (ornaments worn on a perforation in the lip), monochrome pottery with cascabel supports (slit-type, bell-like openings), projectile points, miniature pottery vessels, and copper bell - all of which appeared to be of late date for Mesoamerica. Absent from the collection were polychrome-pottery vessels which may have been sold. The assemblage in general is of the Post Classic Period (A.D. 900-1200) and strongly supports Padilla's claim that the material was taken from a tomb in Guerrero. The only objects conspicuously different from those normally found in tombs in the area are the gold plates. 

Physical Description of the Plates

General Description of the Plates. The plates are bright gold in color, but the smaller ones in Davila's possession show a sligh t copperish hue when turned to different angles in the light. The plates are of several sizes: .512" x .669" five plates), .787" x .945" (two plates). Five plates consist of small rectangles of gold sheet for which I do not have dimensions. All plates measured are thin, ranging from .011" to .0125" in thickness. More exact notation on individual sizes warrants the careful appraisal that follows. The smaller five plate set has a hinge attached on one edge so that the plates fit together like a bracelet when strung by wire or thread. Each plate has symbols engraved on it, some on one, others on both sides. 

The Jose Padilla Gold Plates

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