All of these add plausibility to the historicity of the Book of Mormon with knowledge that wasn’t accessible in Joseph’s day.
Now and then people wonder what the meaning of “hot drinks” in the Word of Wisdom is. Based off these three quotes from Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, and Brigham Young, the meaning is pretty simple.
It would seem the LDS Church is moving forward in a more scholarly approach to religion, and supporting third party organizations
President Howard W. Hunter made an interesting statement related to Book of Mormon geography quoted in a Deseret News article in 1995
From these two statements it’s clear that Joseph Smith thought the Book of Mormon happened over all of the Americas.
it’s pretty clear that the Promised Land extends from North America to South America. The United States is the Promised Land. Mexico is the Promised Land. Brazil is the Promised Land. Etc.