Mosiah 28: King Mosiah, the Seer

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 95–96

If you were very ill with a terrible disease that was killing thousands all around you and then were given the formula for a powerful medicine that completely cured you, what would you do with that formula? Would you keep it to yourself? Would you sell it? Would you give it away? In a way, that is similar to the situation of the four sons of Mosiah. As you read Mosiah 28, discover what the “disease” was and what they did with the cure they were given.

Understanding the Scriptures

Mosiah 28

Vilest (v. 4)Most wicked
Anguish (v. 4)Sorrow, grief
Confounded (v. 17)Confused
Interpreters (v. 20)The Urim and Thummim (see also vv. 13–14)

Mosiah 28:11–19—Where Do We Find the Information Mosiah Translated from These Plates of Gold?

The gold plates found by Limhi’s people tell the story of the Jaredites. Moroni later wrote an abridgment of that record, which is in the book of Ether (see Ether 1:1). See also “The Main Sources for the Book of Mormon” (p. 12).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study Mosiah 28.

Activity A iconWrite a Letter to King Mosiah

In Mosiah 28:1–5, Mormon explained how the four sons of Mosiah felt about serving a mission to the Lamanites.

  1. 1.

    Study those verses and note all of the reasons you can find that explain why they wanted to serve a mission.

  2. 2.

    Write a letter to king Mosiah as if you were Ammon or Aaron and explain where you want to go and why. Be sure to include the reasons you found in verses 1–5.

  3. 3.

    Which of those reasons do you feel might have been most important to those men? Why?

sons of Mosiah

More than anything else, the sons of Mosiah desired to serve a mission.

Activity B iconFind the Facts

When the sons of Mosiah asked to go on a mission to the Lamanites, King Mosiah was obliged to make some important decisions. Search Mosiah 28:5–20 for answers to the following questions:

  1. 1.

    What convinced Mosiah to let his sons go on a mission to their enemies the Lamanites? (see vv. 5–9).

  2. 2.

    What three promises did the Lord give Mosiah concerning his sons? (see v. 7).

  3. 3.

    What did the sons of Mosiah give up to go on their mission? (see v. 10).

  4. 4.

    What three sets of plates are mentioned in verse 11?

  5. 5.

    Which set of plates did Mosiah translate, and how was he able to translate them? (see vv. 11–13).

  6. 6.

    Where can you find the information Mosiah translated from the gold plates?

    Mosiah with plates
  7. 7.

    Who did Mosiah give the records to? What does that teach us about the Lord’s willingness to forgive?