Mosiah 7 to 10 – “In the Strength of the Lord”

May 6, 2024 to May 12, 2024

The stories of Ammon and Zeniff both teach us to put our trust in the Lord; he is the source of our strength.

Chart 29: “Flashbacks in the Book of Mosiah,” Charting the Book of Mormon
This chart shows the flashbacks of Zeniff’s and Alma’s accounts in the book of Mosiah. These flashbacks illustrate that the book of Mosiah was put together by use of historical records of several authors.

Chart 32: “Nephite and Lamanite Kings,” Charting the Book of Mormon
This chart diagrams the relationships of Nephite and Lamanite kings from about 200 BC to 77 BC. Mosiah1, Zeniff, and King Laman were contemporaries.

“Priesthood in Mosiah,” Daniel C. Peterson, The Book of Mormon: Mosiah, Salvation Only Through Christ
This article “traces the changes in the responsibility of delegating and regulating the priesthood from the familial priesthood organization during Lehi’s time to the ecclesiastical priesthood organization during the time of Alma the Younger.”

“Deliverance from Bondage,” Clyde J. Williams, The Book of Mormon: Mosiah, Salvation Only Through Christ
Mosiah 7–8 and 19–24 contain accounts of the factors that led to literal and spiritual bondage. These scriptures demonstrate what factors will deliver a people from bondage.

“Barley in Ancient America,” John L. Sorenson and Robert L. Smith, Reexploring the Book of Mormon
Mosiah 7 mentions the cultivation of barley, and this article quotes various studies to show that there were several varieties of wild barley in pre-Columbian America.  See also “Barley and the Book of Mormon: New Evidence,” Tyler Livingston, Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum.

“Seer,” Steven C. Walker, Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Mosiah 8 speaks of King Mosiah being a seer for his people. This encyclopedia entry explains the presence of seers in scripture and what we can learn about them.

“Limhi in the Library,” John Gee, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 1:1
“Analysis of comparative data and historical background indicates that the quotations in Mosiah 7–22 are historically accurate. Further examination of the quotations of Limhi shows that they depend heavily on other sources. This implies some things about the character of Limhi and provides as well attendant lessons for our own day.”

“When Lehi’s Party Arrived in the Promised Land, Did They Find Others There?” John L. Sorenson, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 1:1
In the book of Mosiah, we discover that the Mulekites co-existed with the Nephites during Book of Mormon times. A number of other places in the Book of Mormon indicate the presence other peoples in the land.

“The Exodus Pattern in the Book of Mormon,” S. Kent Brown, From Jerusalem to Zarahemla: Literary and Historical Studies of the Book of Mormon
Zeniff’s expedition (Mosiah 7-24) tells of the escape and return of two different groups. This narrative has parallels to Exodus and thus to the Atonement of Christ.

“Limhi’s Discourse: Proximity and Distance in Teaching,” Loren Blake Spendlove, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Thought 8
Enallage is an intentional substitution of one grammatical form for another. This technique can be used to create distance or proximity between the speaker, the audience, and the message. The author demonstrates how king Limhi skillfully used this technique to teach his people the consequences of sin and the power of deliverance through repentance.

“In His Footsteps: Ammon1 and Ammon2,” by Val Larsen, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Thought 3
The narratives of Ammon1 (leader of the expedition to the land of Nephi) and Ammon2 (son of Mosiah) have parallel elements and purposes. To fully comprehend the power of the testimony of Christ that Mormon communicates in his Ammon narratives, readers must glean from textual details an understanding of the social and political context in which the narratives unfold.