In the 13th chapter of Ether, Moroni tells us that Ether went to Coriantumr and prophesied that if he did not repent, all his people would be destroyed except Coriantumr. Ether 13:20-22:
20 And in the second year the word of the Lord came to Ether, that he should go and prophesy unto Coriantumr that, if he would repent, and all his household, the Lord would give unto him his kingdom and spare the people—
21 Otherwise they should be destroyed, and all his household save it were himself. And he should only live to see the fulfilling of the prophecies which had been spoken concerning another people receiving the land for their inheritance; and Coriantumr should receive a burial by them; and every soul should be destroyed save it were Coriantumr.
22 And it came to pass that Coriantumr repented not, neither his household, neither the people; and the wars ceased not; and they sought to kill Ether, but he fled from before them and hid again in the cavity of the rock.
That this prophecy was well known is attested by Ether 14:24:
24 Nevertheless, Shiz did anot cease to pursue Coriantumr; for he had sworn to avenge himself upon Coriantumr of the blood of his brother, who had been slain, and the word of the Lord which came to Ether that Coriantumr should not fall by the sword.
Shiz is overly eager to kill Coriantumr to falsify the prophecy.
Itemizing the parts of the prophecy we find that:
- All Coriantumr’s people would be destroyed and that though Coriantumr would live, he would lose his land of inheritance.
- Coriantumr would live to see another people inherit his land of inheritance.
- This group would be brought in the same manner that God had brought the first Jaredites. Ether 11:20-21:
20 And in the days of Coriantor there also came many prophets, and prophesied of great and marvelous things, and cried repentance unto the people, and except they should repent the Lord God would execute judgment against them to their utter destruction;
21 And that the Lord God would send or bring forth another people to possess the land, by his power, after the manner by which he brought their fathers.
- This new group would provide a burial for Coriantumr.
These four points constitute a prophecy that Ether was commanded to witness and record. Ether 15:33:
33 And the Lord spake unto Ether, and said unto him: Go forth. And he went forth, and beheld that the words of the Lord had all been fulfilled; and he finished his record; (and the hundredth part I have not written) and he hid them in a manner that the people of Limhi did find them.
Other than report that Ether went forth from the place of the last battle and beheld and recorded in his record the complete fulfillment of this prophecy, Moroni tells us nothing about how they were fulfilled. All we are told is that when they were fulfilled, Ether finished his record and then hid it in a manner that the people of Limhi could find it.
One possible reason for not giving these details may be that Moroni was in possession of the small plates of Nephi that contained the Book of Omni.
In the Book of Omni we find the fulfillment of this prophecy recorded by Amaleki. Omni 1:12-22:
12 Behold, I am Amaleki, the son of Abinadom. Behold, I will speak unto you somewhat concerning Mosiah, who was made king over the land of Zarahemla; for behold, he being warned of the Lord that he should flee out of the land of Nephi, and as many as would hearken unto the voice of the Lord should also depart out of the land with him, into the wilderness—
13 And it came to pass that he did according as the Lord had commanded him. And they departed out of the land into the wilderness, as many as would hearken unto the voice of the Lord; and they were led by many preachings and prophesyings. And they were admonished continually by the word of God; and they were led by the power of his arm, through the wilderness until they came down into the land which is called the land of Zarahemla.
14 And they discovered a people, who were called the people of Zarahemla. Now, there was great rejoicing among the people of Zarahemla; and also Zarahemla did rejoice exceedingly, because the Lord had sent the people of Mosiah with the plates of brass which contained the record of the Jews.
15 Behold, it came to pass that Mosiah discovered that the people of Zarahemla came out from Jerusalem at the time that Zedekiah, king of Judah, was carried away captive into Babylon.
16 And they journeyed in the wilderness, and were brought by the hand of the Lord across the great waters, into the land where Mosiah discovered them; and they had dwelt there from that time forth.
17 And at the time that Mosiah discovered them, they had become exceedingly numerous. Nevertheless, they had had many wars and serious contentions, and had fallen by the sword from time to time; and their language had become corrupted; and they had brought no records with them; and they denied the being of their Creator; and Mosiah, nor the people of Mosiah, could understand them.
18 But it came to pass that Mosiah caused that they should be taught in his language. And it came to pass that after they were taught in the language of Mosiah, Zarahemla gave a genealogy of his fathers, according to his memory; and they are written, but not in these plates.
19 And it came to pass that the people of Zarahemla, and of Mosiah, did unite together; and Mosiah was appointed to be their king.
20 And it came to pass in the days of Mosiah, there was a large stone brought unto him with engravings on it; and he did interpret the engravings by the gift and power of God.
21 And they gave an account of one Coriantumr, and the slain of his people. And Coriantumr was discovered by the people of Zarahemla; and he dwelt with them for the space of nine moons.
22 It also spake a few words concerning his fathers. And his first parents came out from the tower, at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people; and the severity of the Lord fell upon them according to his judgments, which are just; and their bones lay scattered in the land northward.
Unfortunately, The Land of Zarahemla was located in the Land Southward and Coriantumr’s land was located in the Land Northward therefore the group of people discovered by Mosiah could not be the ones destined to fill this prophecy. Fortunately, however, we have records showing that the Zarahemlites were probably a members of a group called the Mixe-Zoque who inhabited the gulf coast at the mouth of the Grijalva river and were composed of native tribes that were present when Mulek and his group came from Jerusalem. Sometime after the arrival of Mulek this group split and one part went north to the Huastec and the other group migrated up the Grijalva river where they were met by Mosiah.
Accorder to the geography described in Ether, the Land of Coriantumr was located west of the seashore of Ripliancum which interpreted was very large sea. The Huastec area is located in northern Veracruz inland and along the coastal plain. Recent investigations in this area at a place called Tomtoc have located ruins that date to the time of the Jaredites.
Although some of this information is speculative, it fits together nicely and supports a Mesoamerican location for the Book of Mormon as suggested by Sorenson.