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Nephi’s “Bountiful”: Contrasting Both Candidates

TitleNephi’s “Bountiful”: Contrasting Both Candidates
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsWarren P. Aston
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsArabia; Bountiful (Old World); Khor Kharfot; Khor Rori; Lehi's Trail; Nephi (Son of Lehi)

In May 2022, George Potter published an article that makes the most comprehensive case to date that Khor Rori in southern Oman is the most likely location for the place “Bountiful” described by Nephi. However, despite its many positives, there are a number of reasons to question the suitability of Khor Rori and to favor the other major candidate for Bountiful, Khor Kharfot. I propose that a careful reading of Nephi’s account coupled with recent discoveries based on field work show Khor Kharfot to be a superior candidate meeting all criteria we can extract from the text. To support a thorough comparison, aspects of both candidates are weighed, including pictorial comparisons of key features. I am in full agreement with Potter that with the entire eastern coast of Arabia now explored, only two candidates for Bountiful remain in contention — Khor Rori and Khor Kharfot. No other location still merits serious consideration.