Friday, December 5, 2014

Mosiah 8:1 - 8:5

Mosiah 8:1 And it came to pass that after king Limhi had made an end of speaking to his people, for he spake many things unto them and only a few of them have I written in this book, he told his people all the things concerning their brethren who were in the land of Zarahemla.

Mormon tells us that he only recorded for us a small part of what King Limhi said that day to his people. He now filled them in on the history of Zarahemla .

Mosiah 8:2 And he caused that Ammon should stand up before the multitude, and rehearse unto them all that had happened unto their brethren from the time that Zeniff went up out of the land even until the time that he himself came up out of the land.

Ammon now spoke about what had happened to the Nephites in Zarahemla since their grandparents left there years ago.

Mosiah 8:3 And he also rehearsed unto them the last words which king Benjamin had taught them, and explained them to the people of king Limhi, so that they might understand all the words which he spake.

Ammon particularly gave them the words of King Benjamin. He gave them the same words so that they might have the same reaction that King Benjamin people had to his words.

(If Ammon could get the same reaction then the repenting process could proceed and the people would be in a position so that the Lord would help them escape from the domination of the Lamanites.)

Mosiah 8:4 And it came to pass that after he had done all this, that king Limhi dismissed the multitude, and caused that they should return every one unto his own house.

After this general meetings of all the people, they all went home to seriously consider what had been said to them.

(The people had been hit with a lot of startling information. They now knew they were not without some hope and needed to consider their life styles and what changes they all needed to make.)

Mosiah 8:5 And it came to pass that he caused that the plates which contained the record of his people from the time that they left the land of Zarahemla, should be brought before Ammon, that he might read them.

Next King Limhi brought to Ammon a record of his people kept from the time their grandfathers had left Zarahemla. This was to get Ammon up to date on their history.

[Probably to help Ammon understand why the people were slaves to the Lamanites and not a free people as were the Nephites back in Zarahemla.]

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