Moroni Dedicated Manti Temple Plot
This is one of the crazy beliefs. I don’t know if it’s the craziest, but it defies reason.
Supposedly, the last Nephite prophet Moroni, took a little jaunt, presumably on foot, over to Utah, from New York or Mesoamerica, and dedicated a small hill as a place where a temple of the Lord would be built.
The people of Manti, Utah, where the temple now stands, believe this so strongly that they have a large bronze statue built in their town, with a large plaque telling the story about Moroni and temple hill, as if it were a factual event. They also have the Manti pageant, and tens of thousands of Mormons from Utah, Nevada, Arizona and other parts of the region come to Manti to celebrate, among other things, that event.