I'm all in favor of people believing whatever they want, even when it comes to Book of Mormon geography. Maybe especially when it comes to this topic. At the same time, I hope people think about it a little.
One of the more famous explanations of the stages of truth is attributed to Arthur Schopenhauer. a German philosopher (1788 – 1860). These stages seem to apply to individuals as well as groups, societies, nations, and even worldwide culture.
Of course, it's easy to quibble with this particular expression of the stages, but they are thought-provoking. And it should be obvious that the same stages could apply to a variety of concepts.
See how they apply to what you think, not only about Book of Mormon geography but other issues.
All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Others have added some gloss: