Since the publication of the Book of Mormon, our understanding of the Near East and Mesoamerica have only gone to support the authenticity of the Book of Mormon, such as figurines of crossings from the Old World, Mesoamerican traditions of crossings from the Old World, Mesopotamian traditions comparable with elements of the Jaredite story, metal money, brass objects, Mesoamerican temples, priestly records, prophecies on metal plates, historical accounts of war on copper plates, genealogies on ancient metal plates, historical information on copper plates, metal plates comparable in length to the Book of Mormon, plates filled with ritual content, religious people burying sacred records, codices in stone boxes, secret records, the use of iron, thrones, the Seal of Mulek, Near Eastern texts beginning similar to “I, Nephi”, descriptions of human sacrifices and cannibalism, mentioning a three-day journey before Lehi’s sacrificial offering, reading out long scriptural texts in a public setting, the supporting evidence from the Lachish Letters, records being doubled, sealed and witnessed.
Daniel C. Peterson remarks:
Persons who choose to dismiss the Book of Mormon must find their own ideas for explaining it and the mounting evidence for its authenticity. And while we will never “prove” the Book of Mormon true, the trajectory of the evidence strongly suggests that it is exactly what it claims to be, a book worthy of our deep study, reflection, and serious personal prayer. Thousands of hours of research have produced the current blossoming of Book of Mormon studies that bless the lives of Latter-day Saints. They cannot be lightly brushed aside.– Daniel C. Peterson – Mounting Evidence for the Book of Mormon
Wouldn’t we expect the Book of Mormon to look less plausible over time if it were a fraud?