Mosiah 11-12: Wicked King Noah and the Prophet Abinadi

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 81–82

What difference does it make when people have righteous leaders? Think about what happened to righteous King Benjamin’s people in Mosiah 1–5. What do you think happened to Zeniff’s people when wicked King Noah governed them? As you read Mosiah 11–12, notice again how much the attitude and actions of the leaders influence the lives of their people. Watch also for the effect Abinadi’s courageous testimony had on this people.

Understanding the Scriptures

Mosiah 11

Conferred (v. 1)Gave, granted
Concubines (v. 2)Legal wives of lower social status and with fewer rights than a regular wife
Whoredoms (vv. 2, 6)Sexual sins
Fatlings (v. 3)Young animals fattened for slaughter
Became idolatrous (v. 7)Began worshipping false gods
Breastwork (v. 11)A wall about chest high
Resort (v. 13)Place of refuge
Harlots (v. 14)Immoral women
Wine-bibber (v. 15)One who drinks wine to excess, drunkard
Wroth (vv. 26–27)Very angry

Mosiah 11:2—King Noah’s “Many Wives and Concubines”

At this time, the Lord had forbidden the practice of having more than one wife and the taking of concubines (see the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for Jacob 2:23–30, p. 62).

Mosiah 12

Famine and pestilence (v. 4)Hunger and disease
Lashed (v. 5)Tied
Dumb (v. 5)Unable to speak
Discover (v. 8)Reveal, make public
Cross him (v. 19)Cause him to contradict himself
Confound them (v. 19)Confuse them
Perverting, perverted (v. 26)Changing, corrupting

Mosiah 12:31–32—“Doth Salvation Come by the Law of Moses?”

Abinadi asked King Noah’s wicked priests if salvation came “by the law of Moses” (Mosiah 12:31). They answered that a person could be saved by living the law of Moses. That answer, however, was only partly true. Abinadi gave a more complete answer in Mosiah 13:27–35.

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Mosiah 11–12.

Activity A iconComplete the List

  1. 1.

    Find the following words in Mosiah 11:1–15, and then write a sentence for each word, explaining how the kingdom changed when Noah took power:

    1. a.


    2. b.


    3. c.


    4. d.

      One fifth

    5. e.


    6. f.


    7. g.


    8. h.


    9. i.

      Riotous living

    10. j.


  2. 2.

    List some of the differences between King Noah and King Benjamin, whom you read about in Mosiah 1–2. Which one would you rather have as your leader? Why?

Activity B iconCompare the Prophecies

The Lord called Abinadi to warn King Noah and his people to repent or certain punishments would follow.

  1. 1.

    Search Mosiah 11:20–25 and find the phrases “except they repent” and “except this people repent.” List the four punishments Abinadi said would come upon the people if they did not repent.

  2. 2.

    What did King Noah and his people do when they heard Abinadi’s message? (see Mosiah 11:26–29).

  3. 3.

    In Mosiah 12 we read that after two years the Lord again sent Abinadi to prophesy to the people. Search Mosiah 12:1–7 for the words will and shall and list what Abinadi said would happen to those people.

  4. 4.

    How do the words will and shall make Abinadi’s second prophecy different from his first warning in Mosiah 11:20–25?

  5. 5.

    Read Mosiah 12:8 and explain what the Lord then told Abinadi would happen to the people this time “except they repent.”

Activity C iconFind a Modern Application

In Mosiah 12:9–37, you read about Abinadi’s arrest and the beginning of his trial before King Noah and his priests.

  1. 1.

    Review verses 9–16 and explain what you think the real reason was for the anger the people felt against Abinadi. How might this apply to our time when some members might have trouble accepting counsel the prophet has given?

  2. 2.

    What reason did Abinadi give in Mosiah 12:27 for the priests not understanding the scriptures? Read also 1 Corinthians 2:11–14 and explain what those two scriptures teach about making the most of your scripture study.