Mosiah 29: The End of the Kings and the Beginning of the Judges

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


None of King Mosiah’s sons were willing to serve as the next king. They chose to go on a mission to the Lamanites instead (see Mosiah 28:5–10). In Mosiah 29, you will read about the challenges their decision brought upon the Nephites and what King Mosiah decided to do. As you read this chapter, notice what Mosiah said was good and bad about a government ruled by a king. What other kind of government did he suggest, and what advantages and dangers did he see with it?

Understanding the Scriptures

Mosiah 29

Perverting, pervert (vv. 7, 23)Changing good to evil, corrupting
Expedient (vv. 13, 16, 24)Appropriate, desirable
Faculties (v. 14)Abilities
The interposition of their all-wise Creator (v. 19)God coming to their rescue
Dethrone (v. 21)Remove, get rid of
Enacteth (v. 23)Passes, establishes
Contrary (v. 26)Against, in opposition to
Travails (v. 33)Suffering, pain
Relinquished (v. 38)Gave up
Lucre (v. 40)Riches

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Mosiah 29.

Activity A iconMake a Point

The following are statements that favor having a king. Use the ideas from Mosiah 29:18–25 to correct any statement you think is false.

  1. 1.

    A king is only one man; his problems do not affect the people.

  2. 2.

    A king serves the will of the people.

  3. 3.

    Kings are bound by the law of the country.

  4. 4.

    The best governments are those with kings.

Activity B iconIdentify Important Principles

Mosiah 29:25–31 suggests several important principles. Following are key words and references from Mosiah 29. After reading the scripture, write a general principle that it suggests.

  1. 1.

    Common (v. 26)

  2. 2.

    Destruction (v. 27)

  3. 3.

    Unrighteous judgments (vv. 28–29)

  4. 4.

    Answered upon their own heads (v. 30)

  5. 5.

    Answered upon the heads of the kings (v. 31)