“The Land North Was Called Mulek”

Alan C. Miner

Helaman 6:10 states that "the land north was called Mulek . . . for the Lord did bring Mulek into the land north." Once again we must ask, What is meant by "the land north"?

(1) If we can interpret Alma 22:30 correctly, then the land "Desolation was so far northward that it 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 being the place of their first landing." Therefore, we might choose to say that the most plausible location for the "land north" would coincide with the land Desolation. (2) On the other hand, Alma 22:31 says "and they (the Mulekites) came from there (Desolation) up into the south wilderness. The south wilderness was south of the small neck of land and thus part of the general land of Zarahemla. But depending on the geographical model, the "south wilderness" might have actually been north of the local land of Zarahemla. Therefore, we might say that the northern part of the general land of Zarahmela might have also been included in the land called Mulek. The question now becomes, Did the "land north called Mulek" include the land Desolation or the land Bountiful, or both?

(3) Furthermore, if we take into account the entire definition of lands in Alma 22:27-34 so that the narrow strip of wilderness is the dividing line between the land of Zarahemla and the land of Nephi, and if Mosiah met the descendants of Mulek in the land of Zarahemla, then all the land of Zarahemla north of the narrow strip might be termed the "land of Mulek." All the land south of the narrow strip (land of Nephi) would be termed the "land south" or the "land of Lehi." [Alan C. Miner, Personal Notes] [See Geographical Theory Maps]

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