In the Book of Mormon is recorded the account of Jesus Christ visiting and ministering to the people in the ancient Americas. Why do Mormons believe that Jesus came to America?
In John 10:16, Jesus says:
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
In this scripture, Jesus teaches His disciples that His work would not be complete with just the instruction He was giving to those in Israel. There were others that would hear His voice. After His resurrection, Jesus went and visited these ‘other sheep’ in the Americas.
But why America?
As recorded in the Book of Mormon, a Jewish prophet and his family left Jerusalem approximately 600 B.C. These people traveled to the ancient Americas where they began to develop as a civilization. Central to their civilization was the belief that the Savior would come to rescue the world from sin.
What did Jesus do when He came to America?
He did much in the same in the New World as he had done in the Old World. He taught the people the higher law, he healed the sick, he ministered to individuals, etc. In addition, he also allowed the people to feel the wounds in His hands and feets to gain that witness that He was indeed the Savior and had died for each of them.
And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying:
Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.
And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.
And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying:
Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him.
Ask yourself this—is it crazy to believe that Jesus loved His disciples enough to visit them regardless of location? Wouldn’t a loving God afford that opportunity to more than one subset of His people? But if you still have doubts, I’d invite you to read the Book of Mormon to gain a better understanding of Jesus’ visit to the Americas.