A people discovered by Mosiah1. Warned of the Lord to flee the land of Nephi, Mosiah and his followers were directed by God through the wilderness “until they came down” into a land called Zarahemla. The people of the land, then led by a man named Zarahemla, were descended from a group which had come out of the land of Jerusalem1 at the time Zedekiah “was carried away captive into Babylon... and were brought by the hand of the Lord across the great waters, into the land where Mosiah discovered them”. Amaleki1, who recorded these events, noted that at the time Mosiah’s group discovered the city of Zarahemla, the people there had become “exceedingly numerous” and had experienced “many wars and serious contentions”.
Zarahemla and his people rejoiced that Mosiah had brought “the plates of brass which contained the record of the Jews,” for “they had brought no records with them.” Consequently, “their language had become corrupted... and they denied the being of their Creator”. Sometime after the people of Zarahemla were taught the language of the Nephites, they and the people of Mosiah “did unite together; and Mosiah was appointed to be their king”. From this time forth the people of Zarahemla were identified with the Nephites, and became an integral part of the Book of Mormon account of Nephite history. The people of Zarahemla have come to be known as Mulekites because they were descendants of Mulek, a son of Zedekiah.
Mulek appears in three Book of Mormon references. In Mosiah 25:2 it is noted that “the people of Zarahemla, who was a descendant of Mulek,” had become more numerous than the Nephites. Helaman 6:10 reveals that when migrating to the promised land, Mulek was brought by the Lord “into the land north, and Lehi into the land south.” In Helaman 8:21 Nephi2 also identified Mulek as a son of Zedekiah and taught that the presence of the “seed of Zedekiah” among them was a witness that Jerusalem had been destroyed.