1. Now it came to pass that after the sons of Mosiah had done all these things, they
took a small number with them and returned to their father, the king, and desired
of him that he would grant unto them that they might, with these whom they had selected,
go up to the land of Nephi that they might preach the things which they had heard,
and that they might impart the word of God to their brethren, the Lamanites --
2. That perhaps they might bring them to the knowledge of the Lord their God, and
convince them of the iniquity of their fathers; and that perhaps they might cure
them of their hatred towards the Nephites, that they might also be brought to rejoice
in the Lord their God, that they might become friendly to one another, and that there
should be no more contentions in all the land which the Lord their God had given
3. Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for
they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts
that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble.
4. And thus did the Spirit of the Lord work upon them, for they were the very vilest
of sinners. And the Lord saw fit in his infinite mercy to spare them; nevertheless
they suffered much anguish of soul because of their iniquities, suffering much and
fearing that they should be cast off forever.
5. And it came to pass that they did plead with their father many days that they
might go up to the land of Nephi.
6. And king Mosiah went and inquired of the Lord if he should let his sons go up
among the Lamanites to preach the word.
7. And the Lord said unto Mosiah: Let them go up, for many shall believe on their
words, and they shall have eternal life; and I will deliver thy sons out of the hands
of the Lamanites.
8. And it came to pass that Mosiah granted that they might go and do according to
9. And they took their journey into the wilderness to go up to preach the word among
the Lamanites; and I shall give an account of their proceedings hereafter.
10. Now king Mosiah had no one to confer the kingdom upon, for there was not any
of his sons who would accept of the kingdom.
11. Therefore he took the records which were engraven on the plates of brass, and
also the plates of Nephi, and all the things which he had kept and preserved according
to the commandments of God, after having translated and caused to be written the
records which were on the plates of gold which had been found by the people of Limhi,
which were delivered to him by the hand of Limhi;
12. And this he did because of the great anxiety of his people; for they were desirous
beyond measure to know concerning those people who had been destroyed.
13. And now he translated them by the means of those two stones which were fastened
into the two rims of a bow.
14. Now these things were prepared from the beginning, and were handed down from
generation to generation, for the purpose of interpreting languages;
15. And they have been kept and preserved by the hand of the Lord, that he should
discover to every creature who should possess the land the iniquities and abominations
of his people;
16. And whosoever has these things is called seer, after the manner of old times.
17. Now after Mosiah had finished translating these records, behold, it gave an account
of the people who were destroyed, from the time that they were destroyed back to
the building of the great tower, at the time the Lord confounded the language of
the people and they were scattered abroad upon the face of all the earth, yea, and
even from that time back until the creation of Adam.
18. Now this account did cause the people of Mosiah to mourn exceedingly, yea, they
were filled with sorrow; nevertheless it gave them much knowledge, in the which they
19. And this account shall be written hereafter; for behold, it is expedient that
all people should know the things which are written in this account.
20. And now, as I said unto you, that after king Mosiah had done these things, he
took the plates of brass, and all the things which he had kept, and conferred them
upon Alma, who was the son of Alma; yea, all the records, and also the interpreters,
and conferred them upon him, and commanded him that he should keep and preserve them,
and also keep a record of the people, handing them down from one generation to another,
even as they had been handed down from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem.
1. Now when Mosiah had done this he sent out throughout all the land, among all the
people, desiring to know their will concerning who should be their king.
2. And it came to pass that the voice of the people came, saying: We are desirous
that Aaron thy son should be our king and our ruler.
3. Now Aaron had gone up to the land of Nephi, therefore the king could not confer
the kingdom upon him; neither would Aaron take upon him the kingdom; neither were
any of the sons of Mosiah willing to take upon them the kingdom.
4. Therefore king Mosiah sent again among the people; yea, even a written word sent
he among the people. And these were the words that were written, saying:
5. Behold, O ye my people, or my brethren, for I esteem you as such, I desire that
ye should consider the cause which ye are called to consider -- for ye are desirous
to have a king.
6. Now I declare unto you that he to whom the kingdom doth rightly belong has declined,
and will not take upon him the kingdom.
7. And now if there should be another appointed in his stead, behold I fear there
would rise contentions among you. And who knoweth but what my son, to whom the kingdom
doth belong, should turn to be angry and draw away a part of this people after him,
which would cause wars and contentions among you, which would be the cause of shedding
much blood and perverting the way of the Lord, yea, and destroy the souls of many
8. Now I say unto you let us be wise and consider these things, for we have no right
to destroy my son, neither should we have any right to destroy another if he should
be appointed in his stead.
9. And if my son should turn again to his pride and vain things he would recall the
things which he had said, and claim his right to the kingdom, which would cause him
and also this people to commit much sin.
10. And now let us be wise and look forward to these things, and do that which will
make for the peace of this people.
11. Therefore I will be your king the remainder of my days; nevertheless, let us
appoint judges, to judge this people according to our law; and we will newly arrange
the affairs of this people, for we will appoint wise men to be judges, that will
judge this people according to the commandments of God.
This book lists dozens of Hebrew literary techniques, all designed to guide the
reader to better understand the messages of the Book of Mormon. Here’s one example
of an extended alternate:
Therefore I will be your king the remainder of my days, nevertheless,
a let us appoint judges,
b to judge this people, according to our law;
c and we will newly arrange the affairs of this people,
a for we will appoint wise men to be judges,
b that will judge this people
c according to the commandments of God.
12. Now it is better that a man should be judged of God than of man, for the judgments
of God are always just, but the judgments of man are not always just.
13. Therefore, if it were possible that you could have just men to be your kings,
who would establish the laws of God, and judge this people according to his commandments,
yea, if ye could have men for your kings who would do even as my father Benjamin
did for this people -- I say unto you, if this could always be the case then it would
be expedient that ye should always have kings to rule over you.
14. And even I myself have labored with all the power and faculties which I have
possessed, to teach you the commandments of God, and to establish peace throughout
the land, that there should be no wars nor contentions, no stealing, nor plundering,
nor murdering, nor any manner of iniquity;
15. And whosoever has committed iniquity, him have I punished according to the crime
which he has committed, according to the law which has been given to us by our fathers.
16. Now I say unto you, that because all men are not just it is not expedient that
ye should have a king or kings to rule over you.
17. For behold, how much iniquity doth one wicked king cause to be committed, yea,
and what great destruction!
18. Yea, remember king Noah, his wickedness and his abominations, and also the wickedness
and abominations of his people. Behold what great destruction did come upon them;
and also because of their iniquities they were brought into bondage.
19. And were it not for the interposition of their all-wise Creator, and this because
of their sincere repentance, they must unavoidably remain in bondage until now.
20. But behold, he did deliver them because they did humble themselves before him;
and because they cried mightily unto him he did deliver them out of bondage; and
thus doth the Lord work with his power in all cases among the children of men, extending
the arm of mercy towards them that put their trust in him.
21. And behold, now I say unto you, ye cannot dethrone an iniquitous king save it
be through much contention, and the shedding of much blood.
22. For behold, he has his friends in iniquity, and he keepeth his guards about him;
and he teareth up the laws of those who have reigned in righteousness before him;
and he trampleth under his feet the commandments of God;
23. And he enacteth laws, and sendeth them forth among his people, yea, laws after
the manner of his own wickedness; and whosoever doth not obey his laws he causeth
to be destroyed; and whosoever doth rebel against him he will send his armies against
them to war, and if he can he will destroy them; and thus an unrighteous king doth
pervert the ways of all righteousness.
24. And now behold I say unto you, it is not expedient that such abominations should
come upon you.
25. Therefore, choose you by the voice of this people, judges, that ye may be judged
according to the laws which have been given you by our fathers, which are correct,
and which were given them by the hand of the Lord.
26. Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary
to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire
that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law --
to do your business by the voice of the people.
27. And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then
is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he
will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land.
28. And now if ye have judges, and they do not judge you according to the law which
has been given, ye can cause that they may be judged of a higher judge.
29. If your higher judges do not judge righteous judgments, ye shall cause that a
small number of your lower judges should be gathered together, and they shall judge
your higher judges, according to the voice of the people.
30. And I command you to do these things in the fear of the Lord; and I command you
to do these things, and that ye have no king; that if these people commit sins and
iniquities they shall be answered upon their own heads.
31. For behold I say unto you, the sins of many people have been caused by the iniquities
of their kings; therefore their iniquities are answered upon the heads of their kings.
32. And now I desire that this inequality should be no more in this land, especially
among this my people; but I desire that this land be a land of liberty, and every
man may enjoy his rights and privileges alike, so long as the Lord sees fit that
we may live and inherit the land, yea, even as long as any of our posterity remains
upon the face of the land.
33. And many more things did king Mosiah write unto them, unfolding unto them all
the trials and troubles of a righteous king, yea, all the travails of soul for their
people, and also all the murmurings of the people to their king; and he explained
it all unto them.
34. And he told them that these things ought not to be; but that the burden should
come upon all the people, that every man might bear his part.
35. And he also unfolded unto them all the disadvantages they labored under, by having
an unrighteous king to rule over them;
36. Yea, all his iniquities and abominations, and all the wars, and contentions,
and bloodshed, and the stealing, and the plundering, and the committing of whoredoms,
and all manner of iniquities which cannot be enumerated -- telling them that these
things ought not to be, that they were expressly repugnant to the commandments of
37. And now it came to pass, after king Mosiah had sent these things forth among
the people they were convinced of the truth of his words.
38. Therefore they relinquished their desires for a king, and became exceedingly
anxious that every man should have an equal chance throughout all the land; yea,
and every man expressed a willingness to answer for his own sins.
39. Therefore, it came to pass that they assembled themselves together in bodies
throughout the land, to cast in their voices concerning who should be their judges,
to judge them according to the law which had been given them; and they were exceedingly
rejoiced because of the liberty which had been granted unto them.
40. And they did wax strong in love towards Mosiah; yea, they did esteem him more
than any other man; for they did not look upon him as a tyrant who was seeking for
gain, yea, for that lucre which doth corrupt the soul; for he had not exacted riches
of them, neither had he delighted in the shedding of blood; but he had established
peace in the land, and he had granted unto his people that they should be delivered
from all manner of bondage; therefore they did esteem him, yea, exceedingly, beyond
41. And it came to pass that they did appoint judges to rule over them, or to judge
them according to the law; and this they did throughout all the land.
42. And it came to pass that Alma was appointed to be the first chief judge, he being
also the high priest, his father having conferred the office upon him, and having
given him the charge concerning all the affairs of the church.
43. And now it came to pass that Alma did walk in the ways of the Lord, and he did
keep his commandments, and he did judge righteous judgments; and there was continual
peace through the land.
44. And thus commenced the reign of the judges throughout all the land of Zarahemla,
among all the people who were called the Nephites; and Alma was the first and chief
45. And now it came to pass that his father died, being eighty and two years old,
having lived to fulfil the commandments of God.
46. And it came to pass that Mosiah died also, in the thirty and third year of his
reign, being sixty and three years old; making in the whole, five hundred and nine
years from the time Lehi left Jerusalem.
47. And thus ended the reign of the kings over the people of Nephi; and thus ended
the days of Alma, who was the founder of their church.