Mosiah 20: Limhi's People Fight to Defend Their Families

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 88

Most of the priests of King Noah were wicked men. In Mosiah 20 you will read how they continued in their wickedness even after King Noah was killed and they fled for their lives into the wilderness. As you read this chapter, notice the power Limhi’s people had when fighting for a righteous cause.

Understanding the Scriptures

Mosiah 20

Durst not (v. 3)Dared not
Sore (v. 10)Violent, fierce
Exerted themselves (v. 11)Put forth great effort
Bound up (v. 13)Bandaged
Forbear (v. 17)Stop, endure
Lay not this thing to their charge (v. 17)Do not blame them
Pacified, pacify (vv. 19–20, 22, 24)Calmed, soothed
Attributed (v. 23)Gave the blame for

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study Mosiah 20.

Activity A iconWhat Do You Learn about Gideon?


You have already read several events involving Gideon. For example, he stood up to King Noah and sent men to find out what happened to the king and those who left their families and fled with him (see Mosiah 19). Study Mosiah 20 and answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    What position did Gideon hold in King Limhi’s government?

  2. 2.

    What did Gideon do to stop the Lamanites from attacking them again? (see Mosiah 20:14–24).

  3. 3.

    What did Gideon say was the cause of the affliction Limhi’s people were suffering?

  4. 4.

    What does this reveal about the kind of a man Gideon was?

Activity B iconWrite a Test

From your reading of Mosiah 20, write five questions about important events or principles in that chapter. Be sure to include the answer and the verses where the answer is found after each question.