Quotes on Zelph

Joseph Smith was definitely convinced that the Nephites had spread over North America.  While traveling with Zion’s Camp near the Illinois River, they found a skeleton which Joseph Smith identified as Zelph.  He explained that Zelph was a converted Lamanite and became a great warrior for the Nephites, under the direction of Onandagus, who was in charge of the Nephite armies “from the Eastern sea to the Rocky Mountains.”  (M. F. Cowley, Wilford Woodruff, p. 41.  Andrew Jensen, Historical Record, IX, 209.)

Nearby, it was explained by Joseph Smith that the Nephite city Manti had been built.  Later, when the remains of a stone tower were found along the Grand River in Missouri, Joseph Smith told the brethren that it was “an old Nephite tower.”  (Joseph Fielding Smith, Essentials in Church History, p. 210.)  Years later President Brigham Young declared that the Nephites had planned to build temples at the spot where temples were later erected in St. George and Manti, Utah. — Willard Bean, Book of Mormon Geography, p. 48

The contemplation of the scenery around us produced peculiar sensations in our bosoms; and subsequently the visions of the past being opened to my understanding by the spirit of the Almighty, I discovered that the person whose skeleton was before us was a white Lamanite, a large, thick set man and a man of God. His name was Zelph. He was a warrior and chieftain under the great prophet Onandagus, who was known from the Hill Cumorah, or eastern sea, to the Rocky Mountains . . . He was killed in battle by the arrow found among his ribs, during the last great struggle with the Lamanites and Nephites.  — Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 2, pg. 79-80, June 3, 1834, 1948 edition