Mosiah 25 to 28 – “They Were Called the People of God”

May 18, 2020 to May 24, 2020

As groups joined together for safety and for religious reasons, they became the people of God. In these chapters, focus shifts from Alma the Elder to his son’s conversion.

“The ‘Mulekites,'” John L. Sorenson, BYU Studies, Vol. 30, no. 3
This article traces the history of the Mulekites from their origins in Jerusalem to discovery by Mosiah and through the Book of Mormon and discusses their relations with the Nephites.

“The Mulekites,” Garth A. Wilson, Ensign, March 1987.
After the people of Limhi emigrated to Zarahemla and joined the church established there, Mosiah translated their plates (Mosiah 28). This article discusses the record of the Mulekites in various places in the Book of Mormon.

“Mulek,” H. Curtis Wright, Encyclopedia of Mormonism
This encyclopedia entry provides information on Mulek (Mosiah 25) and the descending Mulekites as found in the Book of Mormon. Mulek was a son of Zedekiah, and may be featured in various Old Testament passages.

“New Information about Mulek, Son of the King,” Robert F. Smith and Benjamin Urrutia, Reexploring the Book of Mormon
Biblical scholarship bears out that King Zedekiah had a son named Mulek.

“Church Discipline in the Book of Mosiah,” H. Donl Peterson, The Book of Mormon: Mosiah, Salvation Only Through Christ
During the time of Mosiah (Mosiah 26), wickedness grew among the people, to the point that the priests needed to bring some people to Alma to be disciplined. Alma teaches that the judgment must be commensurate with the violation, that confession is essential to repentance, and that forgiveness was necessary for the body of saints to survive.

“Light or Dark, Freedom or Bondage: Enhancing Book of Mormon Themes through Contrasts,” Blair G. Van Dyke, Religious Educator, Vol. 6, no. 3
Several narratives in the Book of Mormon contrast light and dark, including the story of Alma the Younger. The petulant Alma in the beginning of Mosiah 27 is contrasted with the sobered and enlightened Alma at the end.

“Four Quarters,” Diane E. Wirth, Reexploring the Book of Mormon
Mosiah 27:6 speaks of their land as being divided into “four quarters.” Similar ideas existed in pre-Columbian America and the Old World.

“‘According to Their Language, unto Their Understanding’: The Cultural Context of Hierophanies and Theophanies in Latter-day Saint Canon,” Mark Alan Wright, Studies in the Bible and Antiquity, Vol. 3
Wright discusses the “fainting” of Alma in Mosiah 27 in context of ancient Mesoamerican prophetic calls.

“King Mosiah and the Judgeship,” John A. Tvedtnes, Insights, Vol. 20, no. 11
Tvedtnes explores the various reasons that King Mosiah abolished the Nephite monarchy and established a system of judges.

“For the Peace of the People: War and Democracy in the Book of Mormon,” Ryan W. Davis, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. 16, no. 1
The righteousness of a king cannot be guaranteed (Mosiah 29). The system established under Benjamin may be understood as democratic, but not in the way we use the term today. This article tracks how the Nephites fared under this system.

“The Book of Mormon and the American Revolution,” Richard L. Bushman, BYU Studies, Vol. 17, no. 1
The Book of Mormon is not a conventional American book. Too much Americana is missing. One point Bushman touches on is the institution of judges. While at first it seems democratic and American in nature, the system of judges Mosiah established is a far cry from modern democracy, but rather fits better in the context of a Nephite monarchy.

“Priesthood in Mosiah,”  Daniel C. Peterson, The Book of Mormon: Mosiah, Salvation Only Through Christ
Daniel Peterson examines the different uses of priesthood in the Book of Mormon, from its use in family circles to its function in government and in the temple cult. In Nephite society, government and religion were often combined into one when the king was concurrently regarded as priest and mouthpiece for God. Apparently, the Levitical priesthood was absent, and the Nephites had the Melchizedek priesthood.

“Authority in the Book of Mosiah,” Daniel C. Peterson, The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006).
In a similar article, Daniel Peterson again attacks the issue of priesthood in the Book of Mormon. He discusses its usage in the small plates, particularly in the book of Mosiah. He defines what the role of priests were in the Book of Mormon, how they were ordained, the organization of the church in the book of Mosiah, and priestly kingship.

“Has the Seal of Mulek Been Found?” Jeffrey R. Chadwick, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. 12, no. 2
A small stamp seal bearing the inscription “belonging to Malkiyahu, son of the king,” arguably belonged to Mulek, son of Zedekiah, who accompanied one of the Israelite groups that settled in the New World.