Nephite

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According to the Book of Mormon, a Nephite is a member of one of the four main groups of settlers of the ancient Americas. The other three groups are the Lamanites, Jaredites and Mulekites. In the Book of Mormon, the Nephites were a group of people descended from or associated with Nephi, the son of a prophet who left Jerusalem at the urging of God circa 600 BC[1] and traveled with his family to the Western Hemisphere, arriving in the present-day Americas circa 589 BC.[2] Some LDS scholars[who?] believe that the forebears of the Nephites settled somewhere in present-day Central America after departing the Middle East.[3] Others[who?] accept the possibility that Book of Mormon peoples may have migrated from the north into Central and South America, but accept the original ”Mound-Builder” setting for the Book of Mormon, as coinciding best with LDS scripture, and mainstream literary analysis.[4] The Book of Mormon describes the Nephites as an initially righteous people, who eventually fell into wickedness and were utterly destroyed by their brothers the Lamanites circa AD 385.[5] Helaman 3:8 reads: “And it came to pass that they did multiply and spread … to cover the face of the whole earth.” According to Mormon 1:7, the land “had become covered with buildings.”

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