Omni 1: A Summary of the Kings from Omni to Benjamin

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 69–70

The book of Omni contains only 30 verses. It was written by five different writers and covers about 200 years. While the writings of these men are brief, they help us learn what happened between the time of the record keeper Omni and the reign of King Benjamin. Of particular interest is what happened in the days of King Mosiah I, the father of King Benjamin, when the righteous Nephites were again directed to flee to another part of the land.

Understanding the Scriptures

Omni 1

Statutes (v. 2)Commandments, laws, rules
Conferred them upon (v. 3)Passed them on to, gave them to
Suffer (v. 6)Allow, permit
Admonished (v. 13)Counseled, given directions
Corrupted (v. 17)Changed from the correct version
Confounded (v. 22)Confused
Seed (v. 25)Children or descendants

Omni 1:12–30—Who Was Who in the Book of Omni?

Amaleki, the fifth writer in the book of Omni, mentioned the following different groups in Omni 1:12–30 (see also “Book of Mormon Chronology Chart,” p. 204):

  • The Nephites who followed King Mosiah I out of the land of Nephi and into the wilderness until they came to the land of Zarahemla

  • The Lamanites (and any Nephites who joined them) who remained in the land of Nephi

  • The people of Zarahemla (sometimes called Mulekites) who came from Jerusalem at the time of Zedekiah (approximately 587 B.C.)

  • “Coriantumr, and the slain of his people” (v. 21; called Jaredites) who came from the tower of Babel

  • The group of Nephites Zeniff led from the land of Zarahemla who returned to the land of Nephi

Studying the Scriptures

Do any three of the following activities (A–E) as you study Omni 1.

Activity A iconFind the Similar Theme

The book of Omni contains the writings of five different men: Omni, Amaron, Chemish, Abinadom, and Amaleki.

  1. 1.

    Write the name of each man in your notebook and, after each name, list the verses that each one wrote.

  2. 2.

    What similar events did Omni, Amaron, Abinadom, and Amaleki write about? What might that teach us about the approximately 200 years covered by this book?

Activity B iconMake a Comparison

Read Omni 1:12–13, and then read 1 Nephi 2:1–4 and 2 Nephi 5:5–8.

  1. 1.

    What do these accounts have in common?

  2. 2.

    How are they all examples of what Nephi taught in 1 Nephi 1:20?

  3. 3.

    What lesson can you learn from these accounts that would apply to your life?

Activity C iconA Fulfillment of Prophecy

Lehi’s family and the people of Zarahemla (sometimes called the Mulekites) both fled from Jerusalem, but at different times. One important difference between them was that Lehi’s family took the scriptures with them and the people of Zarahemla did not. Review Omni 1:14–17 and explain what effect that difference had on the people of Zarahemla and how that shows the truth of what the Lord said to Nephi in 1 Nephi 4:12–17.

Activity D iconDraw the Relationship between the Groups

In your notebook, draw a diagram like the one shown below, labeling the five different groups that are mentioned in the book of Omni. Include a description of each group and important dates (for help, see the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for Omni 1:12–30; “Book of Mormon Chronology Chart,” p. 204). You may want to label these groups in the margin of your scriptures in the book of Omni.

diagram of the groups in Omni

Activity E iconFind the Answer

Amaleki finished his record with a summary of the life of King Benjamin, the son of King Mosiah I. As you read Omni 1:23–30, answer the following questions in your notebook:

  1. 1.

    How successful was King Benjamin as a warrior king?

  2. 2.

    Why did Amaleki give the Nephite records to King Benjamin?

  3. 3.

    How do we know that Amaleki was a righteous man?

  4. 4.

    What happened to the first group that left Zarahemla and wanted to return to the land of Nephi?