Who Are We?

Leah Aston – Leah has been traveling for most of her life, living on three continents and visiting over 40 countries to date. She has a BA and MA from Brigham Young University (BYU), and she currently resides in Provo, UT with her husband. Her first trip to Israel, Jordan, and Oman forever changed the way she reads the scriptures. It gave context, depth, and richness to the accounts of Christ’s life in the New Testament. It took the story of Lehi and his family and transformed it from words on a page into a real historical account. Leah has been involved in on-site research and expeditions at Khor Kharfot, the prime site for Nephi’s Bountiful, and she started Discover Nephi’s Bountiful to bring Nephi’s epic journey alive for Latter-day Saints around the world.

Warren Aston - Warren is the only Latter-day Saint who has explored the entire eastern coast of Arabia and many inland areas that Lehi and his family must have passed through, Warren discovered that only one location, Khor Kharfot, has all the features that Nephi described when he wrote about “Bountiful.” In 1993 he led two BYU-funded expeditions to the site which is now the subject of long-term research projects by BYU and the documentary “Journey of Faith” released by the Maxwell Institute at BYU in 2005. Warren’s award-winning book reporting the research, “In the Footsteps of Lehi,” was published by Deseret Book in 1994. Papers and articles by Warren have been published by FARMS at BYU since 1984 (see his material on the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship site under “Authors“) and he has lectured on his findings at BYU Provo and at Cambridge University in England.

More recently, Warren and two associates discovered two altars in Yemen dating to 600-700 BC that bear the Book of Mormon place-name “Nahom,” the place where Ishmael was buried (1 Nephi 16:34). Described by historian Terryl Givens as the “first actual archaeological evidence supporting the historicity of the Book of Mormon,” the altar find was featured in the February 2001 issue of the Ensign.

Warren continues to conduct Book of Mormon research in Arabia and in Central America and he accompanies all Discover Nephi's Bountiful tours to lecture at key locations and lend his considerable expertise.