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BOM Lesson #21

Posted by cherylem on June 15, 2008

It’s been a while since I posted my lessons – sorry! Here is Lesson #21.

Mosiah 29
Changeof Nephite Government from Kingship to Judges

A. Mosiah questions the people who want a King (29:1-2)

B. Mosiah reasons against kingship (29:5-29). Examples of bad kings already given in the Book of Mormon: Noah (Mosiah 29:18, 23:9) and Jaredites (Mosiah 28:11-18)
• Bad kings cause people to sin (v. 17-18, 31)
• Cannot depose a bad king without bloodshed (v. 21-23)
• None of Mosiah’s sons wanted kingship (v. 3, 6-7)
• Voice of the majority commonly chooses the right (v. 26)
• Mosiah urges the people to accept a higher level of responsibility themselves for their society (v. 31-34, 38)

C. Mosiah commands them in the fear of the Lord to institute a more democratic rule by judges. (Mosiah 29:30, Healmen 4:22).

D. Mosiah gets the consent of the people (29:37-38) and then changes their laws:
• Mosiah 29:11 newly arrange affairs
• Mosiah 29:25, 28-29 judges by voice of people, judges subject to control
• Alma 1:1 Mosiah had established laws
• Helaman 4:22 People trampled laws of Mosiah which God had given

Significance of transfer of responsibility to the people:
1. Lightens burden on the King or leader
2. Every man bears part of the responsibility of governing
3. People become responsible for their laws and leaders
4. A higher challenge/opportunity faces the people -> a more valuable probation, better learning
5. A higher level of risk: Mosiah 29:27; Alma 10:19, 27; Helaman 4:22; Helaman 5:2; Helaman 6:39
(Mostly, and largely, the Nephites blew it)

Applications to us: D&C 49:20; D&C 78:5-6

Alma 1-4
Nehor and his Order
Nehor’s teaching: Alma 1:3-6, 15-17
Opposite of Abinadi. Same as priests of King Noah.
• Claimed to teach the Word of God
• Priests and teachers should be supported by the people
• Men need not fear and tremble before God (see Mosiah 15:26, 16:13, 12:30; Exodus 19:16, 20:18-20)
• All have been redeemed and will be saved at the last day ‡ a denial of the upcoming atonement of Christ.
Note similar statements by others:
=> I will be saved because I keep the law of Moses
=> I’ve been marrid in the temple so I’m going to the Celestial Kingdom
• Lied about his real beliefs for riches and honor

Order of Nehor and Priestcraft
Alma 1:6-7, 12 (first time?? Noah? Sherem – who wantd to destroy the doctrine of Christ? 2 Nephi 26:29?), 16-17, 18, 19
Alma 2:1-4; Alma 21:4, 24:28-30; 2 Nephi 26:29-30; Alma 8:16-17, 15:15
• Organized as a church
• Teaches false doctrines/lies for sake of world and honor and riches
• Persecutes true members of the church; intend to destroy the Church of God
• Wants a king; wants to destroy the liberty of the people
• Becomes widespread among the Nephites and the Lamanites; causes great dissension and resist conversion to the true gospel
• Reject the necessity of repentance

Priestcraft: teaching people what they want to hear, claiming it is the word of God for money or glory or power

Priestcraft in the church today?? D&C 121:34-41; see also Luke 11:37-54

True Priesthood: Alma 1:20 (Isaiah 55:1-3), 26, 31
Mosiah 18:24-26 D&C 121:41-46
2 Nephi 26:29-30, Alma 6:5

• Priests serve the people because of charity
• The reward of the priests is to be filled with the grace of God

Alma and the battle against Amlici
Amlici seeks to be king but is rejected by the voice of the people (Alma 2-3)
Alma 2:7-9, 14, 16, 24, 29-33
• Alma fights personally with Amlici
• Authentic role of the military leader before the modern era of warfare without guns or bullets.
• 3:6 dark skins, but . . .
• 3:13 who set the mark upon the Amlicites?
• I suggest we do not know how to read these verses precisely, and we do need to be careful that we do not interpret them according to past cultural mores.

The Church prospers but becomes prideful
Alma 4:1-2 Victory in battle, but ?
4:3-5 The people believed what? And did what?
4:6-12 How did (does) pride affect the way the people of the Church treated others, both
in and out of the church?
4:10 How did others view the [prideful] church?
4:15-19 How did Alma react?
4:19 How has your life been changed by hearing others bear “pure testimony” of Jesus




One Response to “BOM Lesson #21”

  1. cherylem said

    Sorry for the typos – will try to fix them later today.

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