I have long been entrigued with intresting stories of the Book of
Mormon. As we have read the Book of Mormon together my mind has
been busy between the lines, asking many questions and wondering
what happened to those ancient people. First comes the story of
the Jaredites traveling in their big wooden two wheeled carts,
with giant solid wooden wheels. What did they pull them with? Was
it oxen, horses, or elephants? Can you imagine that big group
creeking along driving their many flocks and herds. Were their
children riding in the carts or were they helping the women
driving the many animals that the Lord had told them to gather to
AND it came to pass that Jared and his brother, and their
families, and also the friends of Jared and his brother and
their families, went down into the valley which was northward,
(and the name of the valley was Nimrod, being called after the
mighty hunter) with their flocks which they had gathered
together, male and female, of every kind.
And they did also lay snares and catch fowls of the air; and
they did also prepare a vessel, in which they did carry with
them the fish of the waters.
And they did also carry with them deseret, which, by
interpretation, is a honey bee; and thus they did carry with
them swarms of bees, and all manner of that which was upon the
face of the land, seeds of every kind.
(Book of Mormon | Ether 2:1 - 3)
Can you imagine how they had to work to accommodate all of those
animals in the eight barges that they used to cross the ocean?
After they arrived in America they populated the land with all of
their flocks and herds. I am sure that they did not bring the wild
beasts with them. The Lord must have placed them on the land,
after the great flood, because the animals were certainly all
drowned in the great waters of the flood along with the people.
The Book of Mormon tells us of the many animals that they had in
the new promised land.
And the Lord began again to take the curse from off the land,
and the house of Emer did prosper exceedingly under the reign of
Emer; and in the space of sixty and two years they had become
exceedingly strong, in so much that they became exceedingly
Having all manner of fruit, and of grain, and of silks, and of
fine linen, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious things;
And also all manner of cattle, of oxen, and cows, and of sheep,
and of swine, and of goats, and also many other kinds of animals
which were useful for the food of man.
And they also had horses, and asses, and there were elephants
and cureloms and cumoms; all of which were useful unto man, and
more especially the elephants and cureloms and cumoms.
We can see by this scripture that they were blessed with all kinds
of useful animals both for food and work and transportation. When
they became wicked and forgot the Lord, the Lord began to afflict
them with a great drouth. This took away not only their source of
food from their crops
And it came to pass that there began to be a great dearth upon
the land, and the inhabitants began to be destroyed exceedingly
fast because of the dearth, for there was no rain upon the face
of the earth.
And there came forth poisonous serpents also upon the face of
the land, and did poison many people. And it came to pass that
their flocks began to flee before the poisonous serpents,
towards the land southward, which was called by the Nephites
And it came to pass that there were many of them which did
perish by the way; nevertheless, there were some which fled into
the land southward.
And it came to pass that the Lord did cause the serpents that
they should pursue them no more, but that they should hedge up
the way that the people could not pass, that whoso should
attempt to pass might fall by the poisonous serpents.
And it came to pass that the people did follow the course of the
beasts, and did devour the carcasses of them which fell by the
way, until they had devoured them all. Now when the people saw
that they must perish they began to repent of their iniquities
and cry unto the Lord.
(Book of Mormon | Ether 9:30 - 34)
Undoubtedly the animals that got by the Poisonous serpents went
into the beautiful grass lands of South America and began to grow
in numbers to supply the people that the Lord would bring to that
land. When the new people arrived in the land they found that the
Lord had prepared it with an abundance of everything that they
could use, This is confirmed as we read in 1st Nephi.
And it came to pass that we did begin to till the earth, and we
began to plant seeds; yea, we did put all our seeds into the
earth, which we had brought from the land of Jerusalem. And it
came to pass that they did grow exceedingly; wherefore, we were
blessed in abundance.
And it came to pass that we did find upon the land of promise,
as we journeyed in the wilderness, that there were beasts in the
forests of every kind, both the cow and the ox, and the ass and
the horse, and the goat and the wild goat, and all manner of
wild animals, which were for the use of men. And we did find all
manner of ore, both of gold, and of silver, and of copper.
(Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 18:24 - 25)
We have to read between the lines to discover what happened to
this people. When the Spaniards came to America they were
surprised to find that the Indians didn't have any horses or
In the last struggle between the Nephites and the Lamanites they
gathered their people into the cities together with their crops
and animals. When the Lamanites surrounded their cities, the ones
inside would have to live on their food which would include eating
their animals one by one until they were all gone. The Laminites
on the outside would have to live on the wild animals and any that
might have been left when the people fled to the cities. In these
great wars of extinction the blood shed and carnage went on and on
As I have read of these great wars I have imagined the terrible
ferocity of those people who fought and killed each other, men,
women and children. How could they be so cruel as to kill a mother
and her babies right along with the men and soldiers.
We read about the Jeradites arming their women and children. Can
you imagine that?
And it came to pass that when they were all gathered together,
every one to the army which he would, with their wives and their
children -- both men, women and children being armed with weapons
of war, having shields, and breastplates, and head-plates, and
being clothed after the manner of war -- they did march forth one
against another to battle; and they fought all that day, and
(Book of Mormon | Ether 15:15)
Ether had warned Coriantumr that if he did not repent all of his
people would be destroyed. He alone would be left to lament the
terrible slaughter and mourn his people.
And it came to pass that when the men of Coriantumr had received
sufficient strength that they could walk, they were about to
flee for their lives; but behold, Shiz arose, and also his men,
and he swore in his wrath that he would slay Coriantumr or he
would perish by the sword.
Wherefore, he did pursue them, and on the morrow he did overtake
them; and they fought again with the sword. And it came to pass
that when they had all fallen by the sword, save it were
Coriantumr and Shiz, behold Shiz had fainted with the loss of
And it came to pass that when Coriantumr had leaned upon his
sword, that he rested a little, he smote off the head of Shiz.
And it came to pass that after he had smitten off the head of
Shiz, that Shiz raised up on his hands and fell; and after that
he had struggled for breath, he died.
And it came to pass that Coriantumr fell to the earth, and
became as if he had no life.
(Book of Mormon | Ether 15:28 - 32)
I can see Coriantumr in my mind as he comes to and struggles out
of that awful place strewn with the bodies of his people. How far
did he have to wander to find water and food? I can imagine his
remorse and suffering as he wandered alone for forty years. He
must have suffered greatly for the lack of food and water and
loneliness and guilt of his conscience. Finally he found a city of
people far to the south in Zarehemla.
I can sense his loneliness even among the people of Zarehemla. He
could not understand their language and they could not understand
his. In his loneliness he recorded his sad story on a rock and
after only nine months living there he died.
Who were these people that he encountered? According to the Book
of Mormon they came from Jerusalem at the time when the city was
being attacked by the Babalonians. My in between the lines story
when the city was surrounded by the Babalonians the servants of
king Zedikiah planned their escape. Taking Zedikiah's small son
Mulek, they must have escaped through the under ground aqueducts
of the city. They were led by the Lord somehow to the promised
land to preserve one of kings sons. This story is my own
explanation of the Mulekites in Zarehemla.
In comparison the last man of the Nephites was Moroni who wandered
nearly 40 years. He not only had to find his own food, but he had
to constantly evade the Lamanite bands that were roving the
country. He was the prophet that the Lord chose to finish writing
on the plates the sad tale of the destruction of His people. His
conscience was clear of guilt and his heart was full of love for
all people. He lived in peace of mind to finish the work that the
Lord had preserved him to do. After all of the carnage and
killing, Moroni managed to escape the blood thirsty armies of the
Lamanites who were searching every where to kill every Nephite
they could find.
We will quote some verses to remind you of his situation.
BEHOLD I, Moroni, do finish the record of my father, Mormon.
Behold, I have but few things to write, which things I have been
commanded by my father.
And now it came to pass that after the great and tremendous
battle at Cumorah, behold, the Nephites who had escaped into the
country southward were hunted by the Lamanites, until they were
And my father also was killed by them, and I even remain alone
to write the sad tale of the destruction of my people. But
behold, they are gone, and I fulfill the commandment of my
father. And whether they will slay me, I know not.
Therefore I will write and hide up the records in the earth; and
whither I go it mattereth not.
(Book of Mormon | Mormon 8:1 - 4)
Inspite of all he had witnessed and experienced Moroni was still
willing to do what the Lord commanded him to do. He certainly
witnessed the terrible battles in which over two hundred and
twenty thousand men were slain. What about the women and children?
And it came to pass that my people, with their wives and their
children, did now behold the armies of the Lamanites marching
towards them; and with that awful fear of death which fills the
breasts of all the wicked, did they await to receive them.
And it came to pass that they came to battle against us, and
every soul was filled with terror because of the greatness of
And it came to pass that they did fall upon my people with the
sword, and with the bow, and with the arrow, and with the ax,
and with all manner of weapons of war.
(Book of Mormon | Mormon 6:7 - 9)
Can you imagine those terrible battles with the men fighting for
their lives and for their wives and their children. They were all
hewn down and lay to rot in the ground. You can imagine a great
stench that was upon the land.
After 21 years of wandering alone Moroni must have picked his way
back to the Hill Cumorah through the scattered bones and weapons
of war that lay around by the thousands. After obtaining the
plates he again recorded some last history.
NOW I, Moroni, after having made an end of abridging the account
of the people of Jared, I had supposed not to have written more,
but I have not as yet perished; and I make not myself known to
the Lamanites lest they should destroy me.
For behold, their wars are exceedingly fierce among themselves;
and because of their hatred they put to death every Nephite that
will not deny the Christ.
And I, Moroni, will not deny the Christ; wherefore, I wander
whithersoever I can for the safety of mine own life.
Wherefore, I write a few more things, contrary to that which I
had supposed; for I had supposed not to have written any more;
but I write a few more things, that perhaps they may be of worth
unto my brethren, the Lamanites, in some future day, according
to the will of the Lord.
(Book of Mormon | Moroni 1:1 - 4)
And now I bid unto all, farewell. I soon go to rest in the
paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite,
and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you
before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge
of both quick and dead. Amen.
(Book of Mormon | Moroni 10:34)
We hope that you have been busy reading between the lines to fill
in all of the details of some of the great stories of the Book of