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A Musical Tour through Mosiah

Mosiah 1:6,7

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin urges his sons to search the scriptures diligently because they are true, because they can profit thereby, and because they will be prospered as they keep the commandments.

Enjoy Annika Glover’s angelic and rich musical voice as she sings “Search, Ponder, and Pray.” (Children’s Songbook #109; words by Jaclyn Thomas Milne, b. 1949; music by Carol Baker Black, b. 1951)

Mosiah 2:4

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin gathers his people together to thank the Lord for many blessings, “that they might rejoice and be filled with love towards God and all men.”

The Cedarmont Kids, in their upbeat and happy musical style, sing “Prayer of Thanksgiving” in a Thanksgiving Day dinner ambiance, from their Album “Songs of America.”  (LDS Hymns, #93; text and music anonymous, from The Netherlands, ca. 1925; translated by Theodore Baker, 1851-1934; arranged by Edward Kremser, 1838-1914)

Mosiah 2:17

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin teaches that when we serve others, we are truly serving God.

Sharon Hopkins, with her exquisitely angelic voice, sings “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief”  from her album, “Lead Kindly Light.”  Thoughtfully illustrated musical performance.  (LDS Hymns, 97;  text by John Henry Newman, 1801-1890; music by John B. Dyles, 1823-1876)

Mosiah 2:17,41

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin teaches that those who follow God’s way are blessed and happy, and they will dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness.

A sextet of missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in the Washington D.C. North Mission sings a sprightly a cappella musical arrangement of “You Can Make the Pathway Bright.” (LDS Hymns, 228; text by Helen Silcott Dungan, ca. 1899; music by James M. Dungan, 1851-1925)

Mosiah 2:19-21

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin teaches his people how worthy of thanks and praise is God; he urges them to render all the thanks and praise which their whole soul has power to possess to Him.

In Asheville, North Carolina the First Baptist Church adult choir, Sunday morning worshipers, and a brass ensemble sing “Come, Ye Thankful People.” (LDS Hymns, 94; text by Henry Alford, 1810-1871; music by George J. Elvey, 1816-1893)

Mosiah 2:22

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin teaches that God will bless and prosper those who keep His commandments.

A children’s choir sings “Keep the Commandments.”  Illustrated. (LDS Hymns, 303; text and music by Barbara A. McConochie, b. 1940)

Mosiah 2:41

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin, as the prophet-leader of the Nephites, gathers his people and gives them instructions, which were written for the benefit of those who could not hear his voice, and which can also profit us as we read his words.

God has called and ordained leaders for His church in these latter days, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  They gather the people twice a year to give instructions, which, thanks to the technology we enjoy at this period of history, can be viewed all over the world and watched or read in many languages.

This musical rendition of “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” includes illustrations of prophets through the ages, as well as thoughtful scriptures pointing to the significance of prophets in God’s relations with His children.  (LDS Hymns, 19; text by William Fowler, 1830-1865; music by Caroline Sheridan Norton, 1808-~1877)

Mosiah 2:41

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin explained God’s plan of happiness.

The song “I Will Follow God’s Plan” expresses the commitment of children to follow God’s plan of happiness.  Illustrated. (Children’s Songbook, 164; words and music by Vanja Y. Watkins, b. 1938)

Mosiah 3 – 5

The Book of Mormon tells the story of righteous King Benjamin, who established peace among his people and taught them the pure gospel of Jesus Christ, and the great impact his life and teachings had on his people as they made personal commitments to Jesus Christ.

“King Benjamin,” by Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment, in their book Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon,  recaps the life of this remarkable man in memorable verse and music.

“Put off the natural man,” he taught.  “Become a child once more -

Submissive, meek, and full of love.  Give freely to the poor.”

Mosiah 3:5-8

In the Book of Mormon, over 120 years before the Lord Jesus was born in Bethlehem, King Benjamin prophesied that He would come:  that He would live and serve and love, and that He would suffer, “so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.”

Emily Jean sings “I Stand All Amazed” in her exquisitely expressive voice.  (LDS Hymns, 193; text and music by Charles H. Gabriel, 1856-1932)

Mosiah 3:5-8

In the Book of Mormon, about 124 B.C., King Benjamin taught that the Lord would come down from heaven among the children of men, and dwell in a tabernacle of clay.

In Cambridge, England, in 2015, The King’s College Choir, in their pure, angelic voices, sang “Once in Royal David’s City.” (LDS Hymns, 205; text by Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818-1895; music by Henry J. Gauntlett, 1805-1876)

Mosiah 3:7-10

In the Book of Mormon, long before the birth of Christ, King Benjamin prophesied of Jesus Christ’s suffering, atonement, death, and resurrection.

In Nigeria, the Calabar Stake Choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sang “He Died!  The Great Redeemer Died.” (LDS Hymns, 192; text by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748; music by George Careless, 1839-1932)

Mosiah 4:3

In the Book of Mormon, after King Benjamin taught his people about their Redeemer, the Spirit of the Lord came upon them and they were filled with joy, because of their willingness to believe in the Savior who would come, and their willingness to repent and come unto Him.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir joyfully sings “The Spirit of God”, from their album “Come, Come, Ye Saints (Legacy Series),” accompanied by a full orchestra.   A very powerful musical rendering.  (LDS Hymns, 2; text by William W. Phelps, 1792-1872; music by anon ca. 1844)

Mosiah 4:5-13

In the Book of Mormon King Benjamin taught his people to continue to humble themselves before God.  He taught of God’s greatness in the creation of all things, and especially in the creation of the plan of redemption which will bring us back to Him.

Country music baritone Alan Jackson movingly sings “How Great Thou Art”  from his album “Precious Memories.”  (LDS Hymns 86; text by Stuart K. Hine, 1899-1898; Swedish folk melody)

Mosiah 4:9,10

In the Book of Mormon King Benjamin enumerated a list of beliefs that his hearers should cling to and live by, beginning with “Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things,” and concluding, “And now, if ye believe all these things, see that ye do them.”

In 1842 Joseph Smith, in answer to a request, sent a brief overview of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to newspaper editor John Wentworth.  He included 13 items of faith, which were later named “The Articles of Faith.”  They begin, “We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.”  Although not a comprehensive creed, they are a good summary of Latter-day Saint beliefs.

Jason Beaird with LDS Scripture Rock sings a lively and memorizable version of all 13 of the Articles of Faith in one song.

Mosiah 4:11-13,26

In the Book of Mormon, the people, as a result of King Benjamin’s teachings, have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, known of His goodness, tasted of His love, and received a remission of their sins, which caused exceedingly great joy in their souls.

Cantiques Karaokes presents “We Have Partaken of Thy Love.”  Sing to the music, with the words clearly indicated.  (LDS Hymns 155; text by Mabel Jones Gabbott, 1910-2004; music by Robert P. Manookin, 1918-1997)

Mosiah 4:13-15

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin taught his people how to properly and lovingly care for their children.  He encouraged them to teach their children not to fight and quarrel, but to love one another and serve one another.

Steph Hartman on vocals and guitar, with Tony Pina on solo guitar, & Kellie Pina on backup vocals present a sweet musical performance of the song “Home Can Be a Heaven on Earth.” (LDS Hymns 298; text by Carolyn Hamilton Kiopfer, b. 1936; music by W. Herbert Klipfer, b. 1936)


Mosiah 4:14,15

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin taught his people to care for their children’s physical and spiritual needs.

Danny Fong and Meg Cantini present a pure and beautiful a cappella musical performance of “Love at Home.” (LDS Hymns 294; text and music by John Hugh McNaughton, 1829-1891)

Mosiah 4:15

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin tells his people to teach their children to walk in the ways of truth and soberness.

Watch the fingering and enjoy the music as the Ukelele Challenge plays “Welcome, Welcome, Sabbath Morning.” (LDS Hymns 280; text by Robert B. Baird, 1855-1916; music by Ebenezer Beesley, 1840-1906)

Mosiah 4:15

As King Benjamin taught parents in Book of Mormon times how to care for and teach their children, we can remember that we are all children of God.

Mormon Channel presents a lively tapestry of music and people with “I Am a Child of God.” (LDS Hymns 301; text by Naomi W. Randall, 1903-2001; music by Mildred T. Petit, 1895-1977)

Mosiah 4:15

King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon taught his people because he loved them and he loved the Lord.

Here’s a musical performance of “Teacher, Do You Love Me?” from the movie The Home Teachers.  (LDS Children’s Songbook, 178; text and music by Michael Finlinson Moody, b. 1941)

Mosiah 4:15

Much of King Benjamin’s Book of Mormon message was about love – love in families, love as service to God, and God’s abounding love.

Jenny Oaks Baker presents a musical instrumental “Love Is Spoken Here.”  Sweetly played and sweetly illustrated.  (LDS Children’s Songbook, 190; words and music by Janice Kapp Perry, b. 1938)

Mosiah 4:26

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin taught his people to retain a remission of their sins by serving and giving to those who stand in need, both temporally and spiritually.

James Loynes sings the musical song “If the Savior Stood Beside Me.”  Illustrated.  (Words and music by Sally DeFord)

Mosiah 5:2

After Book of Mormon prophet King Benjamin has finished teaching his people, they affirm that the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent has wrought a mighty change in their hearts, that they have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.

Brenda Andrus Petrus gives a musical piano and singing performance of “Thy Spirit, Lord, Has Stirred Our Souls.” (LDS Hymns 157; text by Frank I. Kooyman, 1880-1963; music by Alexander Schreiner, 1901-1987)

Mosiah 5:5

In the Book of Mormon, because of King Benjamin’s teaching, his people are ready to enter into a covenant with God to do His will and be obedient to His commandments in all things all the remainder of their days.

Tony Manso recorded his voice in four parts as he sings “Lead Me Into Life Eternal.”  He likes this musical piece because it was the song sung at his baptism many years ago.  (LDS Hymns, 45; text by John A. Widstoe, 1872-1952; music by Alexander Schreiner, 1901-1987)

Mosiah 5:15

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin concluded his teachings to his people admonishing them to be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that the Lord God Omnipotent, who is God above all, would bring them to heaven and give them everlasting salvation and eternal life through His wisdom and justice and power and mercy.

Tunes Hymns presents an instrumental version of “God of Power, God of Right.” (LDS Hymns, 20; text by Wallace F. Bennett, 1898-1993; music by Tracy Y. Cannon, 1879-1961)

Mosiah 11 – 18

The Book of Mormon prophet Abinadi was assigned to preach to a wicked people who rejected his message and finally killed him.  But his words bless our lives today with understanding of God’s plan.

Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment have combined their literary and musical talents to compose the song “Abinadi, Abinadi,” which honors his life and sacrifice.

“Could I stand up to wicked men and testify of Christ?

 Could I refuse to call words back, regardless of the price?”

Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 7

Mosiah 13:16-19

In the Book of Mormon, although the people he taught nominally lived by the Law of Moses, Abinadi told them they did not have the law written in their hearts, nor understand what it meant.  He rehearsed to them the Ten Commandments, including the commandment to honor the Sabbath day and keep it holy.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir presents a reverent musical piece, “Sabbath Day.” (LDS Hymns, 148; text by Paul L. Anderson, b. 1946; music by Lynn R. Carson, b. 1942)

Mosiah 15:7-9

In the Book of Mormon Abinadi teaches the people that Christ will be led, crucified and slain, and He will thus break the bands of death because He gained the victory over death.  He will be filled with compassion towards all people, and have power to make intercession for them.  He will take upon himself their sins, because he has redeemed them, and stands between them and justice.

Brigham Welch on the viola and Michael Hardley on the piano play “While of These Emblems We Partake,” from their album “The Spirit of God.”  (LDS Hymns, 174; text by John Nicholson, 1839-1909; music by Alexander Schreiner, 1901-1987)

Mosiah 15:14

In the Book of Mormon, Abinadi explained to the people that those who publish peace, as Isaiah said, are those who share the Good News of salvation through the Lord Jesus, and make Him their king.

This is an instrumental musical presentation of “Great God, Attend While Zion Sings.” (LDS Hymns, 88; text by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748; music by Joseph J. Daynes, 1851-1920)

Mosiah 16:7-9

In the Book of Mormon Abinadi testifies to the people that Christ shall rise from the dead.  He will have the victory over the grave, and makes it possible for all to be resurrected.

St. Andrew’s Choir sang “He Is Risen!” at their 2011 Easter musical presentation.  (LDS Hymns, 199; text by Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818-1895; music by Joachim Neander, 1650-1680)

Mosiah 16:9

In the Book of Mormon, Abinadi rejoices that Jesus Christ is the light and the life of the world.  He is a light that is endless that can never be darkened.  He is a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.

Hundreds of young women share the Light in their lives and join their musical talents as a choir to sing “The Lord Is My Light” at the April 2015 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  (LDS Hymns, 89; text by James Nicholson, 1828-1876; music by John R. Sweney, 1837-1899)

Mosiah 17:20

Book of Mormon prophet Abinadi was put to death for teaching the gospel of Christ, and refusing to deny God.  He sealed the truth of his words with his death.

BYU Vocal Point and BYU Men’s Chorus join voices to present a moving a capella musical performance “Nearer, My God, to Thee.” (LDS Hymns, 100; text by Sarah F. Adams, 1805-1848; music by Lowell Mason, 1792-1872)

Mosiah 18

In the Book of Mormon, Alma, a young priest, has heard Abinadi’s message, believed, and repented.  He subsequently taught a number of his fellow-countrymen to follow Christ, and led them to the waters of covenant baptism.

The body of water was known as “The Waters of Mormon.”  This is the first mention in the Book of Mormon of this proper name.  It may have been the origin of the name for the prophet Mormon, who the Book of Mormon is named after, because he was the editor/compiler/abridger of the record.

Marilyn Arnold and Maurine B. Ozment have composed a musical tribute to these joyful baptisms in “The Waters of Mormon” in their book Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 8.

“What power they knew, what sweet delight

On rising from that fountain pure,

When Alma lifted them, washed clean

From Mormon’s waters, meek and sure.”

Mosiah 18:23,25

In the Book of Mormon, Alma taught the people to honor the Sabbath day and keep it holy, and that they should gather themselves together to worship the Lord on that day.  This gathering together was particularly difficult for them, because it was forbidden by the government.

Ramesh Babu, from Bangalore, India, presents an expressive rendition of “We Meet, Dear Lord” in International Sign Language (or maybe it’s Signing Exact English).  (LDS Hymns, 151; text by Vernald W. Johns, 1902-1999; music by Laurence M. Yorgason, b. 1937)

Mosiah 18:23,25

In the Book of Mormon Alma taught the people to honor the Sabbath day by gathering together to teach and learn of the Lord’s commandments, even though they risked discovery by the government agents in doing so.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, in General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sings “Thanks for the Sabbath School.” (LDS Hymns, 278; text by William Willes, 1814-1890; music by James R. Murray, 1841-1905)

Mosiah 18:23,25

In the Book of Mormon Alma teaches the people to remove themselves from the world and gather together on the Sabbath day to worship and to learn.

Bujor Florin Lucian plays “We Meet Again in Sabbath School” on a Farfisa Commander organ.  (LDS Hymns, 282; text by George Manwaring, 1854-1889; music by Ebenezer Beesley, 1840-1906)

Mosiah 18:27-29

In the Book of Mormon, Alma teaches the new converts to Christ that they should impart of their substance, every one according to that which he had, of their own free will and good desires towards God, to help every needy, naked soul.  They followed his counsel, imparting to one another both temporally and spiritually according to their needs and their wants.

Megan Holmes sings “Because I Have Been Given Much.” (LDS Hymns, 219; text by Grace Noll Crowell, 1877-1969; music by Phillip Landgrave)

Mosiah 18:30

In the Book of Mormon, the prophet-writer Mormon paused in his historical narrative to comment on how happy the people were who came to the knowledge of Christ in the Forest of Mormon, and who entered into a covenant relationship with the Lord in the Waters of Mormon by baptism.  “How blessed are they, for they shall sing to his praise forever!”

Selah, a Christian band consisting of Todd Smith, Allan Hall, and Amy Perry, perform old-time gospel musical song “Down in the River to Pray,” accompanied by a video of persons preparing to be baptized in the Jordan River.  (An African-American spiritual)

Mosiah 23:24

          The Book of Mormon records that great were the rejoicings of the people of Alma.

         The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir sings “We Come Rejoicing.”

Mosiah 24:22

In the Book of Mormon Alma’s people had (almost!) been delivered from the hand of their enemies, and they stopped to praise the Lord.  The record specifically states that everyone joined in this thanksgiving; all their children that could speak lifted their voices in the praises of their God.

Sharon Hopkins creates a hauntingly beautiful musical presentation of “Dearest Children, God Is Near You” including illustrations.  (LDS Hymns, 96; text by Charles L. Walker, 1832-1904; music by John Menzies Macfarlane, 1833-1892)

Mosiah 27

In the Book of Mormon, the faithful leader Alma had a son, also named Alma (the Younger) who rebelled against God.  Because of a vision like that Paul received in the New Testament, he was convinced of the error of his ways, and chose to turn to the Lord.

Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment have created a song which tells of Alma’s experience and feelings, as well as the feelings of all lost souls who come unto Christ, in “I Am Born Now of God,” from their book Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 9.  They are particularly skilled in retaining much of the original Book of Mormon wording while arranging it in musical verse.

“I am born now of God, of the Spirit I’m born

I am snatched from the darkest abyss.

The angel’s rebuke wracked my soul with my sins

‘Til the Lord changed my torment to bliss.”

Mosiah 27:29

In the Book of Mormon, Alma the Younger contrasts his life and attitude before and after his conversion to Christ.  Before, his soul was in the gall of bitterness and the bonds of iniquity, in the darkest abyss, racked with eternal torment and pained.  Now, he is redeemed from all that, he is snatched, he is pained no more, and he beholds the marvelous light of God.

BYU Vocal Point sings a rich a cappela presentation of “Lead, Kindly Light” from their album “Lead Thou Me On – Hymns and Inspiration.  (LDS Hymns, 97; text by John Henry Newman, 1801-1890; music by John B. Dykes, 1823-1876)

Mosiah 27:32

In the Book of Mormon, thanks to the prayers of his father Alma, Alma the Younger has had a spiritual experience that has brought him back to a firm faith in the God of his father.

Bill And Gloria Gaither’s Group presents a wonderful musical experience, “I Have Returned,” featuring solos by Bonnie Keen, Donnie Sumner and Gene McDonald.  You’ll enjoy the intimate and joyful community feel from the theater-in-the-round setting.  (Text by Marijohn Wilkin; music by Charles Haugabrooks)

Marilyn Arnold & Maurine Ozment

Ashevile, North Carolina First Baptist Church choir

Ramesh Babu from Bangalore, India • Jenny Oaks Baker • Jason Beaird

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

BYU Men's Chorus • BYU Vocal Point • Calabar Stake, Nigeria

Cantiques Karaokes • The Cedarmont Kids • Children's choir • Emily Jean

Danny Fong & Meg Cantini • Bill & Gloria Gaither's Group

General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Annika Glover • Steph Hartman, Tony Pina, & Kellie Pina • Megan Holmes

The Home Teachers • Sharon Hopkins • Alan Jackson • Bonnie Keen

The King's College Choir • Latter-day Saint Missionaries

LDS Scripture Rock • James Loynes • Bujor Florin Lucian • Tony Manso

 Gene McDonald  • Mormon Channel • Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Brenda Andrus Petrus  • Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon

Selah - Todd Smith, Allan Hall, & Amy Perry

St. Andrew's Choir • Donnie Sumner • Tunes Hymns • Ukelele Challenge

Brigham Welch & Michael Hardley • Young Women Choir

Alma Words of Mormon