with comment by Diane Wirth
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When Jesus descended to the Nephites, He invited them to come forth and, "...thrust your hands into My side, And also feel the prints of the nails in My hands and in My feet, that ye may know that I am God of Israel and the God of the whole earth and have been slain for the sins of the world." (3 Nephi 11:14)
A "Pierced Hand" glyph called TZUTZ and meaning "to end, to complete, to finish" is used as a marker for the completion of specific time periods of the Maya Long Count calendar. This glyph, which shows the right hand, with the index finger extended, and a hole or wound in the outer palm is associated withe blood and holiness in Mayan.
In just this brief glimpse, the pierced hand glyph is probably the most powerful evidence from Mesoamerican archaeology of the visitation of the resurrected Messiah to the Nephites! Its meaning reflects the last words of Jesus on the cross . . "It is finished." (John 19:10) . . before he gave up the ghost. The scars in his hands, feet and side are marks of His infinite and eternal sacrificial covenant. He had also shown the scars in His hands and His side to His disciples before His ascension, then later, when Thomas was with them, told him to "reach hither thy finger and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand and thrust it into my side . . ." (John 20:20, 25).
Comment on Pierced Hand Glyph
by Diane Wirth
I felt I had to pass this information on because sometimes tour guides on an LDS trip would talk about this (I've even heard it). In my professional opinion, t's just wishful thinking.
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