Understanding the Scriptures
|Rehearse, rehearsed (vv. 2–3)||Repeat, review|
|Interpret (v. 6)||Translate|
|Cankered (v. 11)||Pitted, damaged|
|Interpreters (v. 13)||The Urim and Thummim|
|Impenetrable (v. 20)||Hardened, unteachable|
Mosiah 8:16—“A Seer Is a Revelator and a Prophet Also”
From Ammon’s description in Mosiah 8:13–18, we learn that while a prophet and a seer both declare the word of God, a seer has means of receiving revelation from God not available to every prophet (see v. 13). He not only can see the future, but also the past and hidden things with divine clarity (see v. 17). A seer “sees” by the power of God that which cannot be seen with the natural eye (see Moses 6:35–36). Each time we sustain the leaders of the Church at a general conference, we recognize the First Presidency of the Church and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators.
Studying the Scriptures
Do any two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Mosiah 8.
Send a Message and a Map
Limhi told Ammon of a search party that was sent north to find Zarahemla. They did not find Zarahemla and discovered instead the land of the Jaredites (also called the Land Northward or Desolation).
In your notebook, draw a map like the one in the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for Mosiah 7:1–6 and add a line for the route this search party might have taken (see also the map on
Suppose you were the leader of that group. Study Mosiah 8:7–11 and write a message describing what you found there.
Tell What It Means Today
Review some of the recent messages we have received from our modern prophets, seers, and revelators (from conference addresses, Church magazine and Church News articles, or other sources you have available) and describe some of the truths and dangers that they “see” that most people in the world do not see.