A reader writes:
You wrote in your column, "The idea that Jesus dropped by Missouri after his Resurrection…" – Mormons don't believe this and I laughed out loud when I read it. You're confusing the location they believe he "dropped by after his Resurrection" (which is South America) with the location where Mormons originally set-up their home base (Missouri) after leaving New York.
They believe the ancient civilizations of South America are who Christ was referring to when he said "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" and that those people are who he visited after he was resurrected. This is why Mormon historians are so interested in South America – especially with the Aztec myth about a "white God" who visited them and promised to return, and the allegation that Cortes exploited this myth when he conquered them.