"This is a great and beautiful book, written with just one end in view. That is to make a single point, and the authors have left no stone unturned to leave the reader completely convinced on what it is. An exhaustive travelogue takes the reader in the route of Lehi's family. It is the setting of a land that excites the imagination and challenges description. The bare bones of the earth show through and provide a dramatic setting for a story told in detail. The writers study the route six times, and the reader is challenged to follow it by many unusual photographs, never published before. Most of the books in the extensive bibliography were published in the present two decades, and yet the Mormons still use the first edition of the Book of Mormon. And every step of the way we are invited to put the history to the test, and given ample evidence to do it. The authors bring up every argument that might be made against the authenticity of 1 Nephi, a very risky thing to do. The book of 1 Nephi is where Joseph Smith is most vulnerable. And it is where Joseph Smith is most specific. Potter and Wellington list 81 points to prove this. But why only 81? The story of how the family arrived in the new world is only the beginning of the wonders, but in this neat package we have all the evidence we need to convince us. The mysterious and romantic landscape of Arabia leaves us bemused. These photographs are not only of another land, they are of another world. Joseph Smith was free to unleash a prodigal imagination, yet he has stayed within bounds every step of the way. The authors have challenged him from one side and another, and Joseph Smith, as they point out, has never the slightest cause for embarrassment. After this, those who challenge the Book of Mormon will have some heavy explaining to do."
Dr. Hugh Nibley
November 7, 2003
Professor S. Kent Brown, Chair of the Ancient Studies Department BYU, and editor of the FARMS Journal of Book of Mormon Studies
"With their book, George Potter and Richard Wellington have given to readers a clear glimpse both into the world that Lehi and Sariah traveled through and into Arabia itself. They bring a distinctive point of view to their study borne of their long residence in the Middle East. Hence, any student of the opening pages of the Book of Mormon has to take their efforts seriously because, with the opportunity to travel where Lehi and Sariah did, they have worked hard at understanding and portraying the epic trek, now offering to readers possible identifications for – among other – the Valley of Lemuel, the most fertile parts in the wilderness, and the area of Bountiful where Nephi constructed his ship.”
S. Kent Brown,
/December 3, 2003
"George Potter and Richard Wellington have, over the last 8 years, made Lehi and his family’s sojourn in the wilderness a detailed quest for knowledge. They have brought to light new and fascinating information concerning this epic journey. Their exploration and research are to be applauded. I invite all to read and explore their exciting work "Lehi in the Wilderness." It brings to light both new and logical explanations of this trek to Bountiful. I thoroughly enjoyed the book."
February 3, 2004
Former managing editor of the Ensign magazine Jay Todd has says of the book: "Voyages is stunningly rich in new information, data, proposals, and insight--and utterly fascinating in its impressive and invigorating approach to Book of Mormon seafaring. "Lehi in the Wilderness," "Nephi in the Promised Land," and now "Voyages of the Book of Mormon" form a one-of-a-kind groundbreaking unit, likely to be seen for years to come, no matter what continues to be learned, as foundational and a classic in direction and scope."
Jay M. Todd
Former managing "http://nephiproject.com/editor of the Ensign for 30 years, retired
October 17, 2011