Zarahemla Under Monarchial Rule

Mulekite Colonization Period

Helaman 8:21, Omni 15–16, Helaman 6:10

The Mulekite colony, having arrived from Jerusalem, settles the land of Zarahemla.

…The sons of Zedekiah were…slain, all except it were Mulek. Yea, and do ye not behold that the seed of Zedekiah are with us, and they were driven out of the land of Jerusalem?

…The people of Zarahemla came out from Jerusalem at the time that Zedekiah, king of Judah, was carried away captive into Babylon. And they journeyed in the wilderness, and were brought by the hand of the Lord across the great waters, into the land where Mosiah discovered them; and they had dwelt there from that time forth.

…The land north was called Mulek, which was after the son of Zedekiah; for the Lord did bring Mulek into the land north…

Omni 17

They have many wars, and their lack of records causes their society to corrupt.

And at the time that Mosiah discovered them, they had become exceedingly numerous. Nevertheless, they had had many wars and serious contentions, and had fallen by the sword from time to time; and their language had become corrupted; and they had brought no records with them; and they denied the being of their Creator; and Mosiah, nor the people of Mosiah, could understand them.

Omni 21

Coriantumr stumbles into Zarahemla, where he spends several months with the people.

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

Omni 20–21

The people record the account of Coriantumr’s visit on a large stone.

…There was a large stone…with engravings on it… and they gave an account of one Coriantumr, and the slain of his people.

Omni 12–13

A group of Nephites, led by Mosiah, arrive in Zarahemla from the land of Nephi.

Behold, I am Amaleki, the son of Abinadom. Behold, I will speak unto you somewhat concerning Mosiah, who was made king over the land of Zarahemla; for behold, he being warned of the Lord that he should flee out of the land of Nephi, and as many as would hearken unto the voice of the Lord should also depart out of the land with him, into the wilderness—

And it came to pass that he did according as the Lord had commanded him. And they departed out of the land into the wilderness, as many as would hearken unto the voice of the Lord; and they were led by many preachings and prophesyings. And they were admonished continually by the word of God; and they were led by the power of his arm, through the wilderness, until they came down into the land which is called the land of Zarahemla.

Omni 14–15

The people of Zarahemla welcome the Nephites and are delighted to see that they have brought with them the brass plates.

And they discovered a people, who were called the people of Zarahemla. Now, there was great rejoicing among the people of Zarahemla; and also Zarahemla did rejoice exceedingly, because the Lord had sent the people of Mosiah with the plates of brass which contained the record of the Jews. Behold, it came to pass that Mosiah discovered that the people of Zarahemla came out from Jerusalem…