Since 1984 Warren Aston has been at the forefront of exploration and research into the Old World beginnings of the Book of Mormon. His exploration and research in Yemen and Oman has identified the candidates for Nephi's "Nahom" and "Bountiful" now accepted as most plausible by LDS scholars and historians.
Warren's 1994 book In the Footsteps of Lehi (Deseret) introduced his findings to a general audience. His research has also been reported in the ENSIGN, Liahona and New Era magazines, Church Education System manuals, BYU Studies Quarterly, the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, and in the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Review of Books and Insights published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at BYU. He has presented at non-LDS forums such as the annual Seminar for Arabian Studies in the UK and in peer-reviewed publications such as the Journal of Arabian Studies.
In 2009 Warren sailed as crew on a 600 BC-design wooden ship in the Phoenicia expedition through the waters that Nephi's ship must have crossed. He is a co-founder of the Khor Kharfot Foundation, set up in 2013 to encourage the study and conservation of the Bountiful site. Field work by the foundation is ongoing.
Currently based in Australia, Warren continues his research in Arabia and Mesoamerica. He is the proud father of six children and a growing number of grandchildren who help keep everything in perspective.