Meaning of “The Wilderness”

The Book of Mormon is overflowing with the accounts of people travelling through “the wilderness”, but what does wilderness even mean. Using context clues within the Book of Mormon, we can infer two major types of wilderness. The first wilderness is the Arabian wilderness in which Lehi’s family travels on their course from Jerusalem to Bountiful. However, when the people come across the sea to the New World, “wilderness” seems to refer more to forests, jungles, or even mountain ranges.

What’s the point?

The wilderness is a very important element in the lives of the Book of Mormon people and the stories within the record. “The wilderness” is part of every journey in the Book of Mormon and is important to Book of Mormon geography. The wilderness is also symbolic occasionally, as we each have our own “wilderness”.


Forests and Wildernesses of the BOM