Mosiah 25: Alma Organizes the Church of God

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 91–92

The different groups of Nephites were finally safely back together in the land of Zarahemla. Suppose you had been a Nephite who stayed in Zarahemla the whole time. What might your thoughts have been after hearing the stories of Limhi’s people and Alma’s people? Notice what King Mosiah II and Alma did for the welfare of the people in Zarahemla.

Understanding the Scriptures

Mosiah 25

Tarried (v. 7)Stayed, remained
Anguish (v. 11)Sorrow, grief
Exhort (v. 16)Urge, encourage, teach

Mosiah 25:1–4, 13—Who Was a Nephite?

The two main groups of people in the Book of Mormon were the Nephites and the Lamanites. Neither group, however, was made up of just one people. The Lamanites included not only the descendants of Laman, Lemuel, and those from Lehi’s group who stayed with them, but also wicked Nephites who later joined them. The Nephites included descendants of Nephi and those from Lehi’s group who followed him, as well as the people of Zarahemla (see Mosiah 25:13).

It may be easier to remember that, generally, the Nephites were those who followed the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Lamanites did not. There were more than twice as many of those called Lamanites as there were of the Nephites and the people of Zarahemla combined (see Mosiah 25:2–3).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study Mosiah 25.

Activity A iconWhat Were Their Feelings?

As the people listened to stories of what happened during and after the time of King Noah, they were “struck with wonder and amazement” (Mosiah 25:7). Read the following verses and describe what they heard and how they felt. Number 1 is given as an example.

  1. 1.

    Mosiah 25:8—They heard how Limhi’s people were delivered from Lamanite bondage. It filled them with great joy.

  2. 2.

    Mosiah 25:9

  3. 3.

    Mosiah 25:10

  4. 4.

    Mosiah 25:11

  5. 5.

    Mosiah 25:12

Activity B iconA Meeting in Zarahemla

  1. 1.

    In Mosiah 25:1 we read that Mosiah called all of the people together. This gathering might be compared to the general conferences we hold regularly in the Church today. In your notebook, write an agenda or reporting form like the one shown here and fill it in from your study of the verses listed.

    Zarahemla Meeting Agenda

    Date: (see suggested dates for Mosiah 24:25)

    Presiding: (see Mosiah 25:1)

    Speaker #1: (see Mosiah 25:5)

    Topic: (see Mosiah 25:5–6)

    People’s response: (see Mosiah 25:7–13)

    Speaker #2: (see Mosiah 25:14)

    Topic: (see Mosiah 25:15–16)

    People’s response: (see Mosiah 25:17)

    After the Conference:

    (Read Mosiah 25:18–23 and describe what took place in Zarahemla after this important conference.)

  2. 2.

    How can their experiences apply to our day?

  3. 3.

    According to Mosiah 25:24, what did the Lord do for these people?

  4. 4.

    Why do you think that it is important to know what the Lord did for them?