This lesson covers the departure of Lehi from the Arabian peninsula for the new world. This event presents what may be the single most important important question about Book of Mormon geography:
Which way did Lehi go?
If he went east, he crossed the Pacific and landed on the west coast of the Americas.
If he went west, he crossed the Atlantic and landed on the east coast of the Americas.
(Someone will say that he could have gone around Cape Horn, but that's unlikely for many reasons.)
So, which way did he go?
The answer to this question will determine what you think about Book of Mormon geography. And the answer really depends on when they left the Arabian peninsula.
Fortunately for us, Nephi tells us all we need to know to answer that question.
As you'll see, there is abundant evidence, both from the text and from real-world experience, that Lehi's group went west and crossed the Atlantic, landing in North America. Next week we'll look at where they actually landed, but for now, let's just look at which direction they went from Arabia.
Here is a graphical explanation:
Here's an excerpt from Moroni's America: