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Mulek's Landing & Journey to Zarahemla

prepared by Don R. Hender

    Many do consider that is was such connections to the Phoenician's sailing ships that brought Mulek's party to the land of promise. Whoever it was, they seemed to have known where it was that they were sailing off to and not just sailing of to sail over the flat edge of the earth. And with no argument to be made here with historians or anthropologists, the only people and great city of commerce that the Book of Mormon aquaits us with are the Jaredites and their city of business dealings that led into the natural preseve land south of the narrow neck of land.

    "And they built a great city by the narrow neck of land, by the place where the sea divides the land.
    "And they did preserve the land southward for a wilderness, to get game. And the whole face of the land northward was covered with inhabitants.
    "And they were exceedingly industrious, and they did buy and sell and traffic one with another, that they might get gain."

    ~ Book of Mormon | Ether 10:20-22

With that consideration in mind of just where the ship that was transporting Mulek and his people to, we are ready to begin our attempt at 'pin-pointing' just where Mulek's 'first landing' site was. With the entire 'known world' becoming conquered by the Babylonians, certainly for the safety of the heir of the king, they would be seeking to be taken to the ends of the earth that were as far away from Babylon as possible. And the Phoenicians knew just where they could take the young heir of the Hebrews.

Any further discussion on Mulek's landing site in the Book of Mormon does not come until the summary land description of Alam 22. It is from the point where it discusses the land of 'Bountiful' of the Nephites, that we pickup the reference speaking in a pronoun relationship to the proper noun 'Bountiful'.

    "And also there were many Lamanites on the east by the seashore, whither the Nephites had driven them. And thus the Nephites were nearly surrounded by the Lamanites; nevertheless the Nephites had taken possession of all the northern parts of the land bordering on the wilderness, at the head of the river Sidon, from the east to the west, round about on the wilderness side; on the north, even until they came to the land which they called Bountiful*.
    "And it [Bountiful] bordered upon the land which they called Desolation, it [Bountiful] being so far northward that it [Bountiful] came into the land which had been peopled and been destroyed, of whose bones we have spoken, which was discovered by the people of Zarahemla, it [Bountiful] being the place of their first landing.
    "And they came from there up into the south wilderness. Thus the land on the northward was called Desolation, and the land on the southward was called Bountiful, it being the wilderness which is filled with all manner of wild animals of every kind, a part of which had come from the land northward for food."

    ~ Book of Mormon | Alma 22:29-31
    [* Without getting into a long deep discussion, the 'antecedent' of a pronoun is the word that the pronoun refers back to. In the forgoing case, the pronoun 'it' is refering back to the proper noun Bountiful as indicated by the [Bountiful] backeted word by the pronoun 'it' in the verse.]

With the rough visual map already in place at the left and with Lehi's landing also there as well, we are ready to discuss what is seen there as Mulek's landing site. The land Bountiful of the Nephites came all the way up into the narrow neck of land even until it reached the land of Desolation and the skeleton remains of the destroyed Jaredite people. The Jaredites had been destoryed off of the land at about the same time, just prior, as the people of Lehi and Mulek where being brought into the land by the hand of the Lord. As the first completely highlighted verse states, the people of Zarahemla -(aka the people of Mulek)- had 'first landed' (about 580 B.C.) at that most northern edge of what would eventually be the land Bountiful that by the time of Alma 22 (about 80 B.C.), some 500 years later, did correlate with being at the same location of the ancient city of the Jaredites that did traffic in goods internationally with the ships of Tarsish.

Consider the surprise of the Phoenician vessel when it pulled into port and found the great Jaredite city completely destoryed. What they considered would be a 'safe haven' for Mulek and his people, had been wiped clean of any life. That is but perhaps for one last and lost soul, Coriantumr, who they found there. Coriantumr would likely have come all the way back from the north, retracing the path of destruction, attempting to find just one or possiblely a few remaining Jaredites alive.

What Coriantumr did eventually find was the people of Mulek or visa versa. With the reference stating 'first landing', I am left to presume that the ship bearing Mulek did not remain at port desolation for long. At this juncture in time the Magadalena river would be in a prestine state, not as it is becoming today. A Phoenician ship could sail up that great river into the interior of the land all the way up into the center or heart of the land. And that is just were the great city of Zarahemla was to be later found be Mosiah I.

Now the 'Mulekites' could have entered into the land southward by land. But since the scripture states the fact that it was but their 'first landing', I am decidedly presuming that they sailed their way into the center of the land southward rather than to journey by way of rain forested jungle with all those lions and tigers and bears, I mean wild beast of every kind (at least by 80 B.C.).

And on that point, we are back to the consideration how the whole of the land fits together. Recall that in putting the facts of the Book of Mormon together on the points of Lehi's landing that Lehi and his group found animals of every kind? If one closely reads and studies verse 25 of 1 Nephi 18 and verse 31 of Alma 22 there is a similarity in phrases. In fact the only two places in the Book of Mormon that the exact phrase of 'all manner of wild animals' can be found is in 1 Nephi 18:25 and in Alma 22:31. No where else in the Book of Mormon is it found. To my deduction that suggests that this is the same Bountiful of Lehi's landing and Mulek's landing, just that Lehi was brought to South Bountiful and Mulek was brought to North Bountiful. It further ties together that the domestic animals of the Jaredites would have wandered or migrated to the land southward from the land northward after that land had experienced the scorched land tactic of Shiz.

Now, though it does not really prove very much, there is really a nice verse that kind of summarizes the considerations put together here.

    "Now the land south was called Lehi and the land north was called Mulek, which was after the son of Zedekiah; for the Lord did bring Mulek into the land north, and Lehi into the land south."
    ~ Book of Mormon | Helaman 6:10

Hey?! What happened to the rest of South America? Well I need to know how I am to appoach you on this matter. So first, How good of a Bible Christian are you? That is, do you believe in the universal world wide flood of Noah or not? If you do, then I can move right ahead on past all the scientific theory hangups that some people have here. If you are an atheist and don't believe in God, then why are you even worrying me about what is or is not in the Book of Mormon? So it helps to know how I am to address the answer to that question. But for some I do have a couple of pages to refer to. Link to 'The Amazon Sea and Me' or 'The Amazon Sea — The Sea East'. Or there is 'Jacob's Island' or 'When the Land Was One II' or 'When the Land Was One I'. And then there is the consideration of all the great changes caused by the destruction of the land at the death of Christ recorded in the Book of Mormon, but that page is still under constrution and development. Now, if you are a good LDS member, consider if the prophet told you that this was the way that it was? Maybe you could then come up with some of your own answers then?

ver 9 January 2016