Mosiah 21-22: Bondage and Deliverance

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 88–89


If you were in bondage to an enemy who used you as a beast of burden and made you carry heavy loads, what would you do to regain your freedom? Where would you turn for help? As you read Mosiah 21–22, look for what Limhi’s people did in that situation. Notice also how the prophecies of Abinadi continued to be fulfilled.

Understanding the Scriptures

Mosiah 21

Lamentation (v. 9)Expressions of grief, regret
Subjecting themselves (v. 13)Yielding
Prosper by degrees (v. 16)Be blessed step by step

Mosiah 21:22–24—Two Stories Come Together Again

It is helpful to remember that Mosiah 1–8 is Mormon’s abridgment of the record of Mosiah and contains the story of the Nephites in Zarahemla until the reign of Mosiah II (see “Book of Mormon Chronology Chart,” p. 204). Mosiah 9–22 is taken from the record of Zeniff and tells the story of the Nephites who left Zarahemla at the time of Mosiah I and followed Zeniff back to the land of Lehi-Nephi.

In Mosiah 7–9 we read that Mosiah II sent an expedition, led by Ammon, to find out what happened to Zeniff’s colony, which had left Zarahemla over 50 years earlier. Ammon found Zeniff’s grandson, King Limhi, and his people in bondage to the Lamanites. In Mosiah 21, we read about the coming of Ammon and his men from Limhi’s point of view.

Mosiah 22

Hitherto (vv. 3–4)Previously, before this
Proclamation (v. 6)Announcement, declaration
Tribute (v. 7)Tax, forced payment to maintain peace
Provisions (v. 12)Food and other supplies

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Mosiah 21–22.

Activity A iconHow Was This Prophecy Fulfilled?

Even though Abinadi had been killed long before, his prophecies continued to be fulfilled.

  1. 1.

    Compare Mosiah 12:1–8 to 21:1–3. Describe what happened to Limhi’s people that Abinadi had prophesied.

  2. 2.

    Compare Mosiah 11:23–25 to 21:13–15. Describe what else happened to Limhi’s people that was prophesied by Abinadi.

Activity B iconFind the Real Reason

Just as the prophet Abinadi had prophesied, Limhi’s people were placed in bondage to the Lamanites. In your notebook, draw a table like the one pictured here:

  1. 1.

    Study the verses listed in the first column and, in that same column, describe briefly each attempt Limhi’s people made to escape from Lamanite bondage. Then, in the second column, describe the results of each attempt.

  2. 2.

    Review what Abinadi prophesied in Mosiah 11:23 and use that verse to explain the real reason that the first four escape attempts did not work.

  3. 3.

    Why do you think Ammon and his men from Zarahemla came only after Limhi’s people “did humble themselves” and “did cry mightily to God” (Mosiah 21:14)?

  4. 4.

    Who do you think inspired Gideon to think of the successful escape plan?

  5. 5.

    Think about the “bondage” that comes when a person gives in to the temptations of Satan. What do you see in the experience of Limhi’s people that could apply to our own efforts to escape the bondage of sin?

Limhi's people escaping

Activity C iconDraw a Map

Study Mosiah 21:23–27 and Mosiah 8:7–9 and draw a map showing the possible route Limhi’s 43-man expedition took. Show the land they were looking for and the land they found instead. Use the illustration of Book of Mormon lands in this study guide (p. 203) for help.