A NEW MODEL FOR
BOOK OF MORMON GEOGRAPHY
By James Lee Warr
Land of Jershon
Criteria for the Land of Jershon.
It was south of the land of Bountiful, by the east seashore and bordering on the south wilderness (Alma 27:22).
It was east of the city of Zarahema (Alma 27:22).
It was lower in elevation than the south wilderness (Alma 27:26).
It was north of the land of Antionum, or land of the Zoramites (Alma 31:3).
It probably encompassed the eastern coastal cities of Mulek, Gid, Omner, Morianton, Lehi, Nephihah, and Moroni.
The land of Jershon was east of the Land of Zarahemla, and south of the Land of Bountiful. There may have been a city of Jershon, but none is mentioned. In this proposal, it would encompassed the Caribbean coastal plain from the mountains to the sea shore, and extending from the Reventazon River southward to the area of Limon, which would have been on the borders of the Lamanites. It is one of the least desirable of the Costa Rican regions being much hotter, wetter, and less fertile than the highlands (however is particularly well suited for growing bananas). In the past it was covered with dense jungle vegetation. In Alma 27:22 we read that this land was given to the people of Anti-Lehi-Nephi. "And it came to pass that the voice of the people came, saying: Behold, we will give up the land of Jershon, which is on the east by the sea, which joins the land Bountiful, which is on the south of the land Bountiful; and this land Jershon is the land which we will give unto our brethren for an inheritance." The Anti-Lehi-Nephites then went "down" from the more elevated wilderness to inhabit the lowlands. Other cities, such as Moroni, Nephihah, Lehi, Morianton, Aaron and Mulek may have been included in the Land of Jershon, but their relationship to Jershon is not defined.