The Narrow Strip of Wilderness
Land of Desolation
Land of Bountiful
1. The wilderness was just south of the land of Desolation (in the land of
Bountiful) (Alma 22:29,30).
2. Mormon's structure seems to divide the land of Desolation from the
Land of Bountiful.
3. Walking on the divide between the lands of Bountiful and Desolation was
a 1 and 1/2 day walk from the east sea to the west sea (Alma 22:32).
4. On the north the wilderness ran by the land of Zarahemla (Alma 22:27).
It was west of Zarahemla (Alma 22:28).
5. As it extended south, it ran along the sea (into the land of Nephi)
6. At Manti, the strip of wilderness turned east (Alma 22:27).
7. Manti was at the headwaters of the Sidon River which flowed from east
to west before turning north (Alma 22:27). Sidon had to be large enough to carry dead bodies to the sea (Alma 3:3, 44:22).
8. The Land of Zarahemla was nearly surrounded by water. (Directly to the west of Zarahemla is swamp.) (Alma 22:32).
9. The land of Bountiful was full of many kinds of wild animals. (This area
has more species of birds than anywhere else on earth and still supports a diverse population of large predators.) (Alma 22:31).
10. By guarding the land of Bountiful, the Lamanites could not get into
the land northward (Alma 22:33).
Land of Nephi
Land of Lehi
Rand McNally "New Millennium" atlas