â€œLesson 65: Mosiah 25,â€ Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual (2012)
â€œLesson 65,â€ Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual
Mosiah 25 provides a conclusion to the account of the people of Zeniff (see Mosiah 7â€“24). Limhiâ€™s people and Almaâ€™s followers returned to Zarahemla and were united safely under King Mosiahâ€™s rule. After these groups arrived, Limhi and his people were baptized. King Mosiah gave Alma authority to establish churches throughout the land and to regulate the affairs of the Church of God among the people of Nephi.
Invite students to think of accounts they have read or heard that illustrate how the Lord has helped someone by providing guidance, strength, protection, or deliverance. You might suggest that they think of accounts in the scriptures, Church history, or the lives of family members or friends. As an example, share the following story told by a young woman who wandered ahead of her group and walked down a hill during an outdoor ward activity:
â€œA warning voice, firm yet silent, said â€˜Turn back.â€™ I almost ignored it, but it came again. This time I listened and returned to the group. As we started down, we saw two enormous black bulls walking fast and angrily up the hill. The biggest one started pawing the ground as he stared at us. â€¦ Our priesthood leader distracted it, and we were able to climb over a fence to safety.
â€œAs we entered camp again, I realized that if I hadnâ€™t listened to the warning from the Spirit, I could have been badly hurt or even killed. I knew that Heavenly Father cared about me personally and had kept me safe. I am so thankful to the Lord for that warning. This experience strengthened my testimony and gave me a greater love for the Lordâ€ (â€œTurn Back,â€ New Era, Nov. 2010, 47).
Invite one or two students to share a story they thought of that illustrates the goodness and power of God in the life of someone else. Ask the class:
How does it help you to hear examples of Godâ€™s goodness and power in the lives of others?
Summarize Mosiah 25:1â€“6 by explaining that after Limhiâ€™s people and Almaâ€™s people (all of whom were descendants of the people of Zeniff) escaped from bondage and united with the people living in Zarahemla, King Mosiah read their records to all the people. Have students read Mosiah 25:7 silently, looking for the general response of the people to the accounts of Godâ€™s dealings with the people of Zeniff. Invite a student to share what he or she has found.
Copy the following chart on the board. Explain that in Mosiah 25:8â€“11, we learn more about how the people responded to the accounts of Zeniffâ€™s and Almaâ€™s people. Ask students to search the scripture references for what the people heard and how they felt about it. Answers for the first reference are given in parentheses as an example.
What the people heard
How the people felt
(They heard how Limhiâ€™s people were delivered from bondage.)
(It filled them with great joy.)
When students have had enough time to study the scripture references, invite a few of them to write on the board what they have found. Ask students to summarize what they have learned from Mosiah 25:8â€“11 by stating principles from this passage that they could apply to themselves. As students respond, help them recognize that by studying the records of Godâ€™s dealings with others, we can feel joy and gratitude for the goodness of God. (As students read these verses, they may also notice the sadness and loss that result from sin.)
To what sources can we turn to learn of othersâ€™ experiences with the goodness of God? (Write studentsâ€™ responses on the board. They might include the scriptures, general conference addresses, Church magazines, biographies of Church leaders and others, and family histories.)
Invite students to think of times when they have learned of Godâ€™s goodness to others from the sources listed on the board.
How have you benefited from learning of Godâ€™s goodness to others from one of these sources?
What do you think could be the long-term effect on someone who regularly learns of Godâ€™s goodness in His dealings with others?
Encourage students to take time on their own to choose one of the sources listed on the board and search for inspiring stories of Godâ€™s goodness.
To prepare students to study the organization and teachings of the Church among the Nephites, ask:
When have you attended a Latter-day Saint ward or branch other than your home ward or branch? What similarities did you notice between your home ward or branch and the one you visited?
How is it helpful to see that the organization and teachings of the Church are the same in every ward or branch of the Church?
Summarize Mosiah 25:14â€“17 by explaining that after Mosiah spoke and read to the people, he invited Alma to teach them. Then King Limhi and his people requested baptism. Alma baptized them and began organizing the Church throughout the land.
Invite a few students to take turns reading aloud from Mosiah 25:18â€“22. Ask the class to look for how the Church was organized and governed among the Nephites in Almaâ€™s day. To help students understand that the organization of the Church ensures that all members can receive the truth, ask questions such as the following:
How does the Church among the Nephites resemble the Church today? (We have wards and branches that are like the â€œdifferent bodiesâ€ mentioned in Mosiah 25:21. Branch presidents, bishops, and stake presidents are like the priests and teachers who governed the Church in Almaâ€™s day.)
According to Mosiah 25:15â€“16, 22, what truths did the priests and teachers of the Church emphasize in Mosiahâ€™s day? (You may want to point out that the Lord has given similar instruction to parents, Church leaders, and missionaries in the latter days. [See D&C 15:6; 19:31; 68:25.])
Why is it important to continually teach repentance and faith in God?
Ask students to read Mosiah 25:23â€“24, looking for phrases that describe the blessings received by those who joined the Church of God.
How were the people blessed as a result of being baptized and joining the Church of God?
In what ways has the Lord blessed you through your membership in the Church?
Write the following principle on the board: As we take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ and live accordingly, the Lord will pour out His Spirit upon us.
Testify to students that the blessings they have experienced as members of the Church can increase as they keep their covenants and receive the Spirit.