Mosiah 6-7: Limhi's People in Bondage

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 78

After making a record of all those who made a covenant with Christ, King Benjamin appointed his son Mosiah (Mosiah II) to rule the kingdom. What do you think the new king would do first? You may be surprised at what Mosiah did. Mosiah 7 gives a preview of what happened to the Nephites who went back to the land of Nephi that we read about in Omni 1:27–30. You will read this story in greater detail in Mosiah 9–22.

Understanding the Scriptures

Mosiah 6

Expedient (v. 1)Appropriate, desirable

Mosiah 7

Teasings (v. 1)Repeated requests
Endeavor (v. 12)Try
Subjection (vv. 18, 22)Under the control of others
Effectual (v. 18)Effective
Over-zealous (v. 21)Too eager
Craftiness (v. 21)Deceptive means
Succor (v. 29)Help, assist, aid
Hedge up (v. 29)Block

Mosiah 7:1–6—Where Was the Land of Lehi-Nephi in Relationship to the Land of Zarahemla?

Sometime after King Mosiah I (the father of King Benjamin) arrived in Zarahemla, a group of people wanted to go back to the land of Nephi. The first group that went failed because of contention (see Omni 1:27–28). A second group, led by Zeniff, succeeded in establishing a settlement in the land of Lehi-Nephi (see Omni 1:29–30; Mosiah 7:9, 21). About 50 years later, King Mosiah II sent a group under the leadership of Ammon to find out what happened to Zeniff’s people (see Mosiah 7:1–6). For more information, see “Possible Book of Mormon Sites (in Relation to Each Other)” (p. 203).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study Mosiah 6–7.

Activity A iconWrite Your Own Record

King Benjamin asked that a record be made of those people who made the covenant to follow Jesus Christ (see Mosiah 6:1). Today in the Church we also keep records. Every member of the Church has a record that shows family relationships and important dates. Just as the people of King Benjamin, your name has been recorded as one who made a covenant with Christ. List several important events that have and will occur in your life. For those events that have already occurred, also list the dates.

Activity B iconWrite a Letter

Suppose you lived at the time of Limhi and you had family members who were ill and unable to hear Limhi’s speech to his people. Study Mosiah 7:17–33, and then write a letter to your family, detailing the important principles Limhi taught. Be sure to explain the following:

  1. 1.

    Why they should “be comforted” (v. 18)

  2. 2.

    Why the Lamanites let the people return to the land of Lehi-Nephi

  3. 3.

    The real reason for the present troubles

  4. 4.

    What the people must do to be delivered