I've never heard of this; what does the Book of Mormon say about Mayans? I admittedly don't know much about Mormonism.
Strictly speaking, it doesn't. However, it does describe a group of people living somewhere in the American continents between 600 BC and AD 420. This has the effect of making Mormons more interested in ancient American artifacts than most people tend to be, in the hopes of getting more insight into the people and events described in the Book of Mormon.
Great explanation Vaxhacker. I wanted to also explain how we view the Book of Mormon. We believe in the Bible, which could be described as a religious history of the people in the Holy lands. It also is a witness of Jesus Christ's life and ministry. Similarly, the Book of Mormon could be described as a religious history of the people of ancient America. It is also a witness of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. It records that after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, he visited the people of ancient America. He told them that they were the "other sheep" that should hear his voice. They witnessed that he, in fact, was resurrected. Therefore, the Book of Mormon is a second witness for Jesus Christ.
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