Source: James E. Talmage Journals, 1921, January 14–24. And thus the Nephites were nearly surrounded by the Lamanites; Commentary: This verse references the places of the Sea East and Zarahemla. The term 'I' refers to Mormon. The battle site is in the wilderness around the land of Judea, so the wilderness is also higher in elevation than the land of Zarahemla. This would be misdirection. The padlocks were both locked; from which circumstance we may infer that the French made a hurried evacuation of the locality, during one of the periods of hostile demonstrations on the part of the Iroquois; and it is not likely that such articles would have been left behind in a peaceful or premeditated departure. Commentary: This verse references the places of Nephi, the Promised Land (I Nephi), the Sea West, and Zarahemla. Minutes of a Conference Held in Zarahemla, 6 Jan. 1842. Commentary: This verse references the places of Zarahemla and Kishkumen. The term 'they' refers to 43 men that King Limhi sent to find the land of Zarahemla, became lost, and found the land of dry bones. Commentary: This verse references the places of the hill north of Shilom, Nephi, Shilom, the wilderness between Nephi and Zarahemla, and Zarahemla. MOSIAH 13:5 [29:3]: Now Aaron had gone up to the land of Nephi, therefore the king could not confer the kingdom upon him; neither would Aaron take upon him the kingdom; Commentary: This verse references the places of Nephi and Zarahemla. A complete description of the Book of Mormon Geography (bomgeography), including an internal map model, external map model (i.e. The lands of Zarahemla and Minon are on the west side of the river Sidon. Commentary: This verse references the places of the land southward, the one place, and Zarahemla. Since Moroni was traveling from the city of Manti to the land of Gideon and then to the land of Zarahemla, the land of Gideon is between the city of Manti and the land of Zarahemla. Coriantumr was the ruler of the land of Moron. Moroni was in the land of Zarahemla at this time. Giddianhi and the robbers were in the lands vacated by the Nephites, for example, the land of Zarahemla. The people went from the land of Nephi to the land of Zarahemla. Since the South Wilderness is a narrow strip, this does not seem to correspond to the many days required to travel through the wilderness between the land of Nephi and the land of Zarahemla. These were the city of Laman, city of Josh, city of Gad, city of Kishkumen, and city Zarahemla. Even today, there is “wilderness” or forests on the east and west of the area identified as “Land of Zarahemla” on the map below. It soon became clear that there is an objective standard or model within the Book of Mormon to determine the correctness and consistency of the placement of at least the principal cities/lands immediately surrounding and relative to Zarahemla, regardless of where one places Zarahemla on a geographical map. NOTE: This webpage taken entirely from mormonstudies. The term 'they' refers to Mosiah and his people. They were coming from the land of Zarahemla, which is westward of the land of Nephihah, so the plains of Nephihah should be to the west of the city of Nephihah. This puts the headwaters of the river Sidon between the land of Nephi and the land of Zarahemla. So, these cities are located next to each other. The term 'king' refers to King Lamoni who was in the land of Nephi at this time. The phrase 'into the wilderness' indicates the Lamanites were out of the wilderness and going back into the wilderness. The Lamanites were chasing the army of Helaman. In the Book of Ether, the north countries are defined as lands in an area around the narrow neck. The Book of Mormon geography and map with DNA evidence and the location of lands and cities such as Zarahemla, Cumorah, the narrow neck, Mexico, Caribbean sea, American Indians, and true evidence are all here. The land of Manti is near the headwaters of the river Sidon, so the land of Manti is also between the land of Nephi and the land of Zarahemla. This verse further explains the location of the land by the west sea as by the borders by the west sea. Wayne May says the Land of Nephi (Tennessee) was a higher elevation than the Land of Zarahemla (Illinois): Higher to Lower Elevation Map (Wayne May, “Book of Mormon Geography” presentation, Ancient American History Conference, SLC, April 1, 2011) LAND NORTHWARD LAND SOUTHWARD Sea West Sea East Waters of Ripliancum ... Zarahemla Land of First Inheritance Nephi (Lehi-Nephi) Bountiful KEY Major city/land City/land Jaredite city/land Wilderness Nephite cities in Mormon 2–5 R i v e r S The phrase 'in the course of' indicates the land of Minon is generally in line between the lands of Zarahemla and Nephi. A complete description of the Book of Mormon Geography (bomgeography), including an internal map model, external map model (i.e. The phrase 'went down' indicates that the land of Gideon is higher in elevation than the land of Zarahemla. The land of Zarahemla is northward of the lands of Nephi, Manti, Melek, Gideon, Minon and Siron. It occupied a bluff point, overlooking a bend of the stream, its location evincing much of modern military science. The wilderness between the land of Nephi and the land of Zarahemla is the size of many days wandering. This is the land and city of Zarahemla. Commentary: This verse references the places of Nephi, the wilderness between Nephi and Zarahemla, and Zarahemla. MORMON 1:24 [2:3]: And it came to pass that in the three hundred and twenty and seventh year, the Lamanites did come upon us with exceeding great power, insomuch that they did frighten my armies; therefore they would not fight, and they began to retreat towards the north countries. The phrase 'go up' indicates the journey from Zarahemla to the Lamanites required going up in altitude. The following was also taken from the Pioneer History of the Holland Land Purchase: Aurora and its vicinity, seems to have been a favourite resort not only for the ancient people whose works and remains we are noticing, but for the other races that succeeded them. The land southward is southward of the narrow neck. The term 'they' refers to Gadianton and his band. Commentary: This verse references the places of Nephi and Zarahemla. The phrase 'and it came to pass' indicates a length of time passed. Since the city of Zarahemla is on the westward side of the river Sidon, elevated areas such as the mountains and wilderness would be on the opposite side (westward side) of the city of Zarahemla than the river Sidon. The land of Zarahemla is southward of the land Bountiful and Angola. The term 'they' refers to the Lamanites. So, there is a route from the land of Manti that goes through the wilderness and then out of the wilderness for part of the journey. This verse indicates that the South Wilderness is near the land of Manti, so references to a wilderness around Manti would be the South Wilderness. ALMA 14:60 [25:2]: And they did no more attempt to slay the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi at that time; but they took their armies and went over into the borders of the land of Zarahemla, and fell upon the people who were in the land of Ammonihah, and destroyed them. The Lamanites became lost in the wilderness between Nephi and Shilom or in the wilderness on the southward of the land Shilom and eventually found the land of Amulon. Lachoneus was the governor of the land of Zarahemla. It is of a size unparalleled in locks of modern construction, unique in shape, resembling the padlocks that we see in pictures, upon the doors of ancient castles, prisons, and monasteries. Commentary: This verse references the places of the hill Amnihu and Zarahemla. Zarahemla Quarterly 2(1)(1988): 4-14. JS History / Smith, Joseph, et al. Camp Zarahemla is situated on 12 acres in the National Forest, the alpine area of Mt. Second, and even third timber growths were apparent over a space of fifty or sixty acres. The phrase 'land which was northward' is the same as the land northward. The term 'they' refers to a group of people that left the land of Zarahemla. Earlier verses called the area a kingdom, which would confirm a great city. It is also the same location as the hill Ramah (which is the same as the hill Cumorah) in the land of Cumorah. Alma 14:61 [25:3] mentions 'they had many battles' between the time of destroying Ammonihah and going to the East Wilderness. The Lamanites went from the city Mulek to the borders of the land Bountiful. Zarahemla With the River Sidon identified, we can go on to identify the location of the City and Land of Zarahemla . It has a lodge that accommodates up to 33 people, indoor restrooms and showers, a commercial kitchen, and a spacious indoor meeting room. Since it was between the land Bountiful and the land of Zarahemla, it would be southward of the land Bountiful. What can be determined is that the land of Shilom is not in the line between the land of Nephi and the land of Zarahemla. It is interesting to note that the land northward has at least one large body of water and that the Jaredites a few hundred years before the Nephites describe in the Book of Ether a large body of water in the northernmost parts of their land as the waters of Ripliancum. Lands northward of the land of Zarahemla and generally between the land of Zarahemla and the land Bountiful are the lands of Noah, Sidom, Laman, Josh, Gad, Kishkumen, Angola, and David. ALMA 22:9 [50:9]: And it came to pass that when Moroni had driven all the Lamanites out of the east wilderness, which was north of the lands of their own possessions, he caused that the inhabitants who were in the land of Zarahemla, and in the land round about, should go forth into the east wilderness, even to the borders, by the sea-shore, and possess the land. MOSIAH 5:61 [8:8]: And they were lost in the wilderness, for the space of many days, yet they were diligent, and found not the land of Zarahemla, but returned to this land, having traveled in a land among many waters; Commentary: This verse references the places of the land of many waters, Nephi, the wilderness between Nephi and Zarahemla, and Zarahemla. The phrase 'yea, and also all the lands, even unto the land which was near the land Bountiful' means that there is more than one land between the land of Zarahemla and the land near Bountiful. OMNI 1:37 [1:21]: And Coriantumr was discovered by the people of Zarahemla; and he dwelt with them for the space of nine moons. The city of Zarahemla, the hub of Nephite government and commerce, is shown here against the topography of the Upper Grijalva Valley. The land of Antionum is south of the land of Jershon and bordered the South Wilderness. Commentary: This verse references the places of Nephi, the wilderness between Nephi and Zarahemla, and Zarahemla. The phrase 'go up to' indicates that the land southward is higher in elevation than Zarahemla. ALMA 26:105 [57:28]: And now it came to pass that after we had thus taken care of our wounded men, and had buried our dead, and also the dead of the Lamanites, who were many, behold, we did inquire of Gid concerning the prisoners whom they had started to go down to the land of Zarahemla with. There is even archaeological evidence to support the claim. These terms make it clear that the land of Zarahemla is not considered to be part of the land southward. The phrase 'in the borders' indicates that the land of Ammonihah is next to the land of Zarahemla. The phrase 'into the wilderness' refers to the wilderness between the land of Zarahemla and the land of Nephi. Commentary: This verse references the places of the wilderness around Zarahemla and Zarahemla. Counting the one day from the land of Helam to the valley Alma, it is 13 days (while driving herds) from the land of Helam to the city of Zarahemla. Since the men became lost trying to find the land of Zarahemla, the wilderness mentioned would be the wilderness between the land of Nephi and the land of Zarahemla. The southward boundary of the land southward is northward of the land of Zarahemla. These would be the cities of Kishkumen, Gad, Josh, Laman, and Jacobugath. ALMA 13:71 [22:28]: Yea, and also on the west of the land of Zarahemla, in the borders, by the sea-shore, and on the west, in the land of Nephi, in the place of their fathers' first inheritance, and thus bordering along by the sea-shore. ALMA 15:14 [27:14]: And they gathered together all their people; yea, all the people of the Lord, and did gather together all their flocks and herds, and departed out of the land, and came into the wilderness which divided the land of Nephi from the land of Zarahemla, and came over near the borders of the land. This is not to be confused with the 'land of their inheritance' that is sometimes referred to by the Lamanites as the Promised Land (I Nephi) that was first settled by Lehi. Kishkumen had just murdered Pahoran in the city of Zarahemla. The following is taken from the Pioneer History of the Holland Purchase of Western New York: Embracing Some Account of the Ancient Remains by O. Turner, 1850: Upon the middle branch of Buffalo Creek, three and a half miles from the village of Aurora, on the Seneca Indian Reservation, there are the remains of one of the largest class of ancient fortifications. 1- Explain the BofM Geography and Church History MORMON 1:7 [1:6]: And it came to pass that I, being eleven years old, was carried by my father into the land southward, even to the land of Zarahemla; the whole face of the land having become covered with buildings, and the people were as numerous almost, as it were the sand of the sea. All traces of the dipper are lost, but it is confidently believed that the skimmer has been preserved in a branch of the Woodruff family, now residing at the west. Commentary: This verse references the places of Antionum, Melek, and Zarahemla. This verse indicates that it is not easy to find the land of Zarahemla from the land of Nephi. The phrase 'wilderness which was on the north' indicates a wilderness around the land of Zarahemla and that the land of Zarahemla is north of the possessions of the Lamanites. The land of Zarahemla is on the west side of the river Sidon. Its destruction by fire provides the possibility that other cities in close proximity would also be destroyed by fire. Site Correlations (More about these maps) Land Northward This verse is describing the area on the westward portion of the lands of the Nephites and Lamanites, so the wilderness by the land of Zarahemla would be generally on the westward side of the land of Zarahemla. Zelph of Zarahemla . The phrase 'up into' means the wilderness between the land of Zarahemla and the land of Nephi is higher in altitude than the land of Zarahemla. Zarahemla's long-promised unveiling is happening in our time with a technology that is comparable to an MRI scan. Of all of these cities and lands, the closest to the land Bountiful were Noah and David. The phrase 'bent their course' means they changed their course from traveling on the southward side of the land of Shilom to the direction of the land of Zarahemla. The phrase 'gone up' indicates that the land of Nephi is higher in altitude than the land of Zarahemla. This verse indicates the size of the land of Zarahemla is of a size that can send a word out one day and have all of the people gathered the next day. This verse does not really define the relative locations of the lands of Nephi and Zarahemla. That the lands of Zarahemla and Minon and the valley of Gideon are so closely located near the river Sidon indicates the valley of Gideon is part of the drainage system for the river Sidon. The land of Zarahemla is in proximity to the lands of Sidom, Jershon, Melek, Judea, Cumeni, and Nephihah. MOSIAH 10:19 [22:16]: And after they had pursued them two days, they could no longer follow their tracks; therefore they were lost in the wilderness. The city center however would have occupied the flatter areas of Aurora with the surrounding hills for fortification. This verse names the place of Zarahemla. These maps are not drawn to scale and are for illustration only. The place of their father's first inheritance, the Promised Land (I Nephi), is located on the Sea West shore. Commentary: This verse references the places of Angola, Joshua, the narrow neck, the north country, and Zarahemla. The land of Zarahemla is somewhere near Sidom. The term 'they' refers to dissenters that left the Nephites to join the Lamanites. In the 1st Century, the flood plain from Montrose to Fort Madison was critical for supplying fresh produce for the people of Zarahemla. They were also in the west parts of the land of Nephi all the way to the Sea West shore. 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