Mosiah 1: The Importance of Sacred Records

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 73

Have you ever considered what your life would be like without the Bible and the Book of Mormon? What would you know about the purpose of this earth life and what you can expect after death? Just as the Book of Mormon is a sure witness to us that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, the plates of Nephi and the plates of brass were witnesses to the Nephites that the Lord really did lead their ancestors from the land of Jerusalem.As you read Mosiah 1–5, keep in mind that the Lord’s teachings were not given to call a wicked people to repentance. These Nephites were obedient to the commandments and faithful to their covenants, which is why King Benjamin wanted to give them a new name (see Mosiah 1:11). Look for what that new name was and how you can receive the same blessing.

Understanding the Scriptures

Mosiah 1

Preserved (v. 5)Saved for a special purpose
Mysteries (v. 5)Truths learned only by faith and revelation
Dwindled (v. 5)Fallen gradually away
Waxed (v. 9)Grew, became
Expedient (v. 9)Appropriate, desirable
Proclamation (v. 10)Announcement, declaration
Distinguished (v. 11)Recognized, known
Blotted out (v. 12)Erased
Adulterous (v. 13)Unfaithful to covenants and promises, immoral
Charge (vv. 15–16)Responsibility
Incurred (v. 17)Earned

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Mosiah 1.

Activity A iconWrite a Journal Entry

Suppose you were Mosiah II, the son of King Benjamin. Study Mosiah 1:1–8, and then write a journal entry in your notebook that summarizes the counsel your father gave you in those verses. Be sure to include at least two important principles he taught you about the scriptures.

Activity B iconMake Up a Quiz

Review Mosiah 1:11–18 and write at least three quiz questions: one from verses 11–12, one from verses 13–15, and one from verses 16–18. Be sure to include the answers.