Trying to retrace Nephi's route, we left Jerusalem and drove east to the Jordanian capital of Amman.
To this day there are two highways the lead from Amman to the wilderness that started at the Gulf of Aqaba.
One follows the route of the King's Highway to Aqaba, and the other follows the course of the old "Way of the Wilderness" through the desert.
We followed the desert highway south through desert wadis to the oasis town of Ma'an, where mineral springs still flow.
From Ma'an the family would have taken the trail that led southwest from the Way of the Wilderness to join with the King's Highway at Naqab in the Se'ir Mountains.
From Naqab the King's Highway leads to the coast at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba of the Red Sea.
While driving the Way of the Wilderness, we could not help but wonder how Lehi's family felt.
They do not appear to have been tough caravaners.
If Laman and Lemuel are anything to go by, they were an urban family accustomed to the finer things in life, an estate, riches, and servants to wait on them.
Now, due to a dream their father claimed to have had, they wandered south into a brutal wilderness.
As we admired the barren rocky landscape of southern Jordan in our air-conditioned Land Rover, it began to dawn on us just how difficult their journey must have been.
Amid this scenery, Lehi's family would have endured long days aboard their new associates, the camels.
We have ridden camels, and they are neither the most comfortable mode of travel, nor the best-tempered travel companions.
Lehi's use of camels is certain, because they brought with them tents.
Eventually there where at least ten married couples in the party.
We measured the weight of a small (10 x 10) traditional Middle Eastern tent. It weighed 250 pounds not counting floor rugs and bedding.
We also knew that the family took provisions with them into the wilderness. Obviously they would have needed beasts of burden.
Long distance travel in Arabia would have been impossible before the domestication of the camel.
Despite its bad breath and belligerent temperament, the camel is beloved by the Arab.
According to the Qur'an it is a gift from God.
We do not know if Lehi shared the same admiration for the camel as the Arabs, yet despite its constant companions-the flies and four-inch camel spiders-and its habit of spitting at or biting its handlers, the camels were vital assets.