Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


Helaman 3:7-11, Nephite dissenters, houses of cement, Book of Mormon studies, archaeology


Helaman 3:7-11 reports that Nephite dissenters began moving from the land of Zarahemla into the land northward where they began building with cement. "The people who went forth became exceedingly expert in the working of cement; therefore they did build houses of cement," as well as "all manner of their buildings" and many cities "both of wood and of cement." The Book of Mormon dates this significant technological advance to the year 46 B.C.