Growing up in Jerusalem, Nephi likely had little experience in sailing. How did he learn how to sail? In our next conversation with George Potter, we’ll talk about Nephi’s training as a sailor. How did he travel? What were Nephi’s sea trials like?
How did Nephi learn to captain a ship? It takes dozens of skills that you have to get right the first time and every time if you’re going to sail even out of the harbor, and make it out of the harbor. What is interesting is that that harbor was used in ancient times to be a shelter during the winter season for the ships of the Indian Ocean. The Greeks wrote about it. The Arabs did it before then.
But in the Indian Ocean you sail one way in the spring, and another way in the fall, because of the prevailing winds of the monsoons. So, the ships would go from Oman to go to India, then they would cross over the Indian Ocean to Zanzibar. Then they would come back to Khor Rori, and then they would wait out the winter there where there’s no wind in that harbor. These are the only sailors in the world at that time who knew how to sail across open seas, the only ones. There is no record every of the Phoenicians being able to sail outside of the sight of land. They are great sailors, but we have no record of them ever sailing outside.
We’ll also talk about the Magi that knew about the birth of Jesus. How did they get this information? Is there a Book of Mormon connection?
How in the world did they ever know that the Christ child was born, the Savior of the World? To my knowledge, only one person knew when the Lord would be born, and that was Lehi had a vision that he would be born 600 years from then. They came from Oman. They came from the land of frankincense, myrrh, and gold. They were wealthy.
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