Jaredite Era


Omni 21

Sometime after the battle, Coriantumr wanders around, and somehow stumbles upon the Mulekites, or “people of Zarahemla” who had recently arrived from Jerusalem. He spends some time with them, and then leaves, never to be heard from again.

And Coriantumr was discovered by the people of Zarahemla; and he dwelt with them for the space of nine moons.

Mosiah 21:26–27

Several centuries later, the search party dispatched by Limhi tries to find Zarahemla, but instead come across the ruins of the Jaredite civilization, where they find the record that Ether wrote. They take the record back with them, and it is eventually translated by King Mosiah.

Nevertheless, they did find a land which had been peopled; yea, a land which was covered with dry bones; yea, a land which had been peopled and which had been destroyed; and they, having supposed it to be the land of Zarahemla, returned to the land of Nephi, having arrived in the borders of the land not many days before the coming of Ammon. And they brought a record with them, even a record of the people whose bones they had found; and it was engraven on plates of ore.

Ether 1:1

The record eventually reaches Moroni, who again translates it and adds his synopsis to his father’s record.

And now I, Moroni, proceed to give an account of those ancient inhabitants who were destroyed by the hand of the Lord upon the face of this north country.