An hour-and-a-half outside of Mexico City is Teotihuacan, an area of ancient pyramids. It’s become the top archaeological site to visit in Mexico, and we were anxious to see the ruins based on their importance to our religion, Christian members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon). We believe The Book of Mormon is a companion to the Bible, and was written by ancient prophets on the American continent. The Book chronicles two feuding tribes, the Nephites and the Lamanites, and their wars, prosperity cycles, and, penultimately, their encounters fortelling of and with Jesus Christ.
We were fortunate (or destined?) to meet two Mormon missionaries on our first day in the functioning town of Teotihuacan, who told us about a member of the local church’s presiding bishopric who actually leads Book of Mormon tours to the Teotihuacan tours! We’ve heard incredible stories from other members of the church who have taken similar tours here and to other ancient ruins across Central and South America, and have wanted to go to learn more about how these physical places coincide with the Book we know to be true. What luck!
Book of Mormon Religious Teotihuacan Tour
We met Hermano Lorenzo at Gate 1 of the ruins after taking an Uber the 1 km and paying $70MX pesos/ person (children are free). I don’t want to give away his tour in case you are interested in taking a Book of Mormon tour to Teotihuacan, but I’ll give a few juicy tidbits for you to consider:
Did you know Lehi means Jawbone in Hebrew? The Cipaktly culture was a religious culture that spanned the globe (sound familiar?) and helped create the ancient city of Teotihuacan. Cipktly also means Jawbone in the Nahuatl language, the original language of Mexico which is also a derivative of many Native American dialects! They are all connected!
The people included repeating statues and symbols, including one which is a crocodile, meant to represent Jawbone.
Another repeating symbol/ statue is that of a feathered snake with a bisected tongue. This snake can be interpreted to represent Jesus Christ. He understand both evil (snake) and divine (bird), and the bisected tongue reminds us that we are on Earth to learn the difference between good and evil.
There are also painted symbols (how they got there is so interesting!) that depict Mormon prayer positions and beliefs, as well as structures and glyphs throughout the grounds that directly compare Mayans to Egypt (we know from the Book of Mormon that these cultures are connected!)
In additional to the decorative elements of the painting and statues, Lorenzo also showed us many rooms of the pyramid/ temple which were dedicated to ceremonies currently performed in temples. The details led me to tears. The comparison was so striking there is simply no way the Book of Mormon and the Temple aren’t true!
The Sun Pyramid
Lorenzo left us to wander the Sun and Moon pyramids on our own and at our own pace. To climb the 65 meter-tall Sun pyramid we were first herded into a line by orange tape, then shown to follow the same line up each subsequent segment. It took 5-10 minutes to climb the 245 steps, partly because that’s a lot of steps and our legs only go so fast, and partly due to waiting for others to climb before us.
We were pretty exhausted by the time we got to the top, but it was so worth it. You can hardly breathe, there are people everywhere, children are playing with noisy toys bought below, and the sky is filled with smoke and haze, and yet the view was incredible. Sitting on the edge of the pyramid staring at the significant valley below was a much more calm, spiritual moment than I was prepared for.
Lorenzo would lead an incredible religious Teotihuacan tour for any Christians, but as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I can say the details given were incredibly spiritual and meaningful. I am so beyond grateful that we met the missionaries who led us to this Book of Mormon religious Teotihuacan tour!
Book of Mormon Religious Teotihuacan Tour Details:
- Call Lorenzo to make arrangements: +52 (55) 3516-2857
- Charged per person in your group
- Lasts 2.5-3 hours
- Teotihuacan Pyramid Ruins Door One
- $70MX pesos/ adult to enter the ruins + Lorenzo’s fee for your group (based on number of people)
- Extra spending money for food (vendors are stationed at the entrances) or gift vendors
- Sweatshirt/ jacket (it gets surprisingly cold in the mornings!)
- Sunscreen (you’re outside for a long time with almost no shade.)