Mosiah, Chapter 25

What did King Mosiah want his people to learn?

Most of the people of Zarahemla were descendants of Mulek (v. 2), and the others, the people Nephi, were converted Lamanites (v. 3).  King Mosiah gathered them together, the people of Zarahemla and the people of Nephi, to read the records of Zeniff and of Alma and his bretheren to them (v. 5-6).  I imagine this was a lot like families gathering together for a general conference.  It probably took a long time to get everyone there and ready to hear the message. We have the abridged records in our scriptures and they make up sixteen chapters of Mosiah (Mosiah 9-24).    I think there are a few lessons to be learned from these, one of which is that God is there for us.  He has rules for us to follow and if we live by them and rely on His guidance, we can be a happy and prosperous people.

“And now, when Mosiah had made an end of reading the records, his people who tarried in the land were struck with wonder and amazement (v. 7).  For they knew not what to think; for when they beheld those that had been delivered out of bondage they were filled with exceedingly great joy (v. 8 ).  And again, when they thought of their brethren who had been slain by the Lamanites they were filled with sorrow, and even shed many tears of sorrow (v. 9).  And again, when they thought of the immediate goodness of God, and his power in delivering Alma and his brethren out of the hands of the Lamanites and of bondage, they did raise their voices and give thanks to God (v. 10).  And again, when they thought upon the Lamanites, who were their brethren, of their sinful and polluted state, they were filled with pain and anguish for the welfare of their souls (v. 11).”

The people of Mosiah experienced the feelings of wonder, amazement, joy, sorrow, gratefulness, pain and anguish as they heard the records.  They had joy for those that had freedom from bondage, but sorrow for those that died in the process.  They were grateful for Alma and his brethren being saved by the hand of God, but felt pain and anguish for the sinful Lamanites.

The lessons we can learn from these chapters of Mosiah, are important.  I believe that our Father in Heaven wanted these specific messages left in the Book of Mormon when it was abridged, and that the messages are inspired.  These are lessons that were great for the people of Mosiah to hear then and they are just as important for us to hear today.  I am truly grateful that I can read them today and be encouraged to live a life more fully devoted to God.

What’s in a name?

I’ve known several people in my life who were adopted.  It would be great if everyone was able to grow up happy with their birth parents, but sometimes a child is better off living in a loving adoptive home.  Those who are adopted are often truly wanted and I think they are more loved at times than some who are not.  Adoptive parents have to go through so much emotionally and physically to adopt a child, and therefore they often are less selfish then those who have their own children.

“And it came to pass that those who were the children of Amulon and his brethren, who had taken to wife the daughters of the Lamanites, were displeased with the conduct of their fathers, and they would no longer be called by the names of their fathers, therefore they took upon themselves the name of Nephi, that they might be called the children of Nephi and be numbered among those who were called Nephites (v. 12).”  The children of Nephi were a righteous people who believed in the gospel and wanted to live by obedience to the commandments of God.  

Baptism

When we are baptized, we take upon us the name of Christ.  In D&C 20:77 we read, “…that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them…”.  This means that when we are baptized we also believe in the gospel and want to live by obedience to the commandments of God, just as the children of Amulon.

Jesus Christ the Deliverer

“And now it came to pass that when Mosiah had made an end of speaking and reading to the people, he desired that Alma should also speak to the people (v. 14).  And Alma did speak unto them, when they were assembled together in large bodies, and he went from one body to another, preaching unto the people repentance and faith on the Lord (v. 15).  And he did exhort the people of Limhi and his brethren, all those that had been delivered out of bondage, that they should remember that it was the Lord that did deliver them (v. 16).  And it came to pass that after Alma had taught the people many things, and had made an end of speaking to them, that king Limhi was desirous that he might be baptized; and all his people were desirous that they might be baptized also (v. 17).  Therefore, Alma did go forth into the water and did baptize them; yea, he did baptize them after the manner he did his brethren in the waters of Mormon; yea, and as many as he did baptize did belong to the church of God; and this because of their belief on the words of Alma (v.18 ).”

Alma taught the people to repent and have faith in the Lord.  He also taught them to remember that the Lord had delivered them from bondage.  When we repent and are delivered from the bondage of sin, we need to remember that the Lord is the only one who can and who does free us from bondage.  We need to remember the atonement and the blessing that it is in our lives.  When Alma was done teaching them, the people wanted to be baptized.  They wanted to show their commitment to God.  We have the opportunity to take the sacrament each week.  This will help us to remember what the Lord has done for us.  Those who were baptized by Alma did not have this weekly reminder.  We should be grateful that we can renew our covenants each week and commit to try harder to resist sin and repent.

How were the Churches Alma established similar to our wards?

“And it came to pass that king Mosiah granted unto Alma that he might establish churches throughout all the land of Zarahemla; and gave him power to ordain priests and teachers over every church (v. 19).”  We have churches throughout all the world today and in each church (ward/branch) we have men of the priesthood ordained as priest and teachers.  “Now this was done because there were so many people that they could not all be governed by one teacher; neither could they all hear the word of God in one assembly (v. 20);”  When the gospel was restored there was one church/ward, but it did not take long for the church to grow and it has been necessary for wards to be led by different men of the priesthood, so that we can all hear the gospel and worship where we are.

“Therefore they did assemble themselves together in different bodies, being called churches; every church having their priests and their teachers, and every priest preaching the word according as it was delivered to him by the mouth of Alma (v. 21).”  Each of our wards learns the gospel from the same scriptures.  One of the wonderful things about this church is that wherever you go, the gospel is still the same.  “And thus, notwithstanding there being many churches they were all one church, yea, even the church of God; for there was nothing preached in all the churches except it were repentance and faith in God (v. 22).  And now there were seven churches in the land of Zarahemla. And it came to pass that whosoever were desirous to take upon them the name of Christ, or of God, they did join the churches of God (v. 23);”  We continue to have people join the church today.  By baptism, and taking upon themselves the name of Christ, they are welcomed into Christ’s church.  In Zarahemla they had seven churches of Christ.  This is about the number of wards that we can find in our stakes today.  I think if they had considered it a stake then, it would have been the Zarahemla stake or the Alma stake, since they liked to call things by the people who established them.

What does it take to be the “people of God”?

“And they were called the people of God. And the Lord did pour out his Spirit upon them, and they were blessed, and prospered in the land (v. 24).”  The people of God were blessed with his Spirit and prosperity.  In order to receive these blessings they had to repent, have faith, remember the Lord, and be baptized.  In D&C 41:1 we read, “Hearken and hear, O ye my people, saith the Lord and your God, ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest of all blessings, ye that hear me; and ye that hear me not will I curse, that have professed my name, with the heaviest of all cursings.”  The Lord considers us His people, the people of God, as well.  In order to receive the greatest of all blessings, we must hear him.  Others will be cursed for not hearing once they have taken upon themselves His name.  To “hear” him is to follow his commandments and to listen to the spirit that He has given us for guidance.

These things are the basic principles of the gospel; faith, repentance, baptism, and receiving the spirit.  If we can live by these principles, everything else will come naturally and with ease to us.  I am so grateful for the blessings that I receive from my Father in Heaven.  I know that His hand is influencing everything in my life.  I am so glad that living the gospel gives me freedom.  I am grateful that I was raised in the gospel and that I am teaching my children it’s principles as well.

And now, when Mosiah had made an end of reading the records, his people who tarried in the land were struck with wonder and amazement.
8 For they knew not what to think; for when they beheld those that had been delivered aout of bondage they were filled with exceedingly great joy.
9 And again, when they thought of their brethren who had been aslain by the Lamanites they were filled with sorrow, and even shed many tears of sorrow.
10 And again, when they thought of the immediate goodness of God, and his power in delivering Alma and his brethren out of the hands of the Lamanites and of abondage, they did raise their voices and give thanks to God.
11 And again, when they thought upon the Lamanites, who were their brethren, of their sinful and apolluted state, they were filled with bpain and anguish for the cwelfare of their souls.
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