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Readers of the Book of Mormon are disposed to think of Zarahemla as a place—the capital city of the Nephite nation. Logically so, since the name Zarahemla is used some 150 times in this volume of scripture, overwhelmingly in regard to a geographical location. However, there is also a man named Zarahemla—a descendant of Mulek, the lone surviving son of king Zedekiah of Judah (see Mosiah 25:2). The Mulekites have been led out of Jerusalem concurrent with the Babylonian conquest of 587 b.c., just over a decade after Lehi’s exodus. When Mosiah I is commanded of the Lord to leave the land of Nephi—the area where Lehi originally settle—he and his group are guided northward to a city populated by the descendants of Mulek and governed by one called Zarahemla—which is also the name of the city (see Omni 1:14–16). We know little about the personality of Zarahemla, except that he places great value in the scriptural records of the Lord and apparently accedes humbly to the leadership of Mosiah, who is appointed king over the united peoples (see Omni 1:19).

Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen -

Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen

Commentaries and Insights on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1