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And it came to pass
(1:2, 9, 15, 18)
(1:1-5) King Benjamin taught his sons Reformed Egyptian so they could read the brass plates. Good thing, too --
otherwise they'd suffer ignorance and dwindle in unbelief.
(1:1-2) "King Benjamin ... had three sons ... Mosiah, and Helorum, and Helaman.
And he caused that they should be taught in all the language of his fathers."
(1:3) "And he also taught them concerning the records which were engraven on the plates of brass, saying: My sons ...
were it not for these plates ... we must have suffered in ignorance."
"Lehi ... having been taught in the language of the Egyptians."
Lehi, a 7th century BCE Israelite, was fluent in Reformed Egyptian.
(1:5) "Were it not for these things ... our fathers would have
dwindled in unbelief."
|1:1 And now there was no more contention in all the land of Zarahemla, among all the people who belonged to
king Benjamin, so that king Benjamin had continual peace all the remainder of his days.
|1:2 And it came to pass that he
had three sons; and he called their names
Mosiah, and Helorum, and Helaman.
And he caused that they should be taught in all the language of his fathers, that thereby they might become men of
understanding; and that they might know concerning the prophecies which had been spoken by the mouths of their fathers,
which were delivered them by the hand of the Lord.
|1:3 And he also taught them concerning the records
which were engraven on the plates of brass, saying: My sons, I would that ye should remember that
were it not for these
plates, which contain these records and these commandments,
we must have suffered in ignorance, even at this present
time, not knowing the mysteries of God.
|1:4 For it were not possible that our father, Lehi, could have
remembered all these things, to have taught them to his children, except it were for the help of these plates; for he
having been taught in the language of the Egyptians therefore he could read these engravings, and teach them to his
children, that thereby they could teach them to their children, and so fulfilling the commandments of God, even down to
this present time.
|1:5 I say unto you, my sons, were it not for these things, which have been kept and preserved by the hand
of God, that we might read and understand of his mysteries, and have his commandments always before our eyes, that
even our fathers would have dwindled in unbelief, and we should have been like unto our brethren, the Lamanites, who
know nothing concerning these things, or even do not believe them when they are taught them, because of the traditions
of their fathers, which are not correct.
|1:6 O my sons, I would that ye should remember that these sayings are true, and also that these records are
true. And behold, also the plates of Nephi, which contain the records and the sayings of our fathers from the time
they left Jerusalem until now, and they are true; and we can know of their surety because we have them before our
"These sayings are true, and also that these records are true. And behold, also the plates of Nephi ... are true."|
Is the Book of Mormon true?
|1:7 And now, my sons, I would that ye should remember to search them diligently, that ye may profit
thereby; and I would that ye should keep the commandments of God, that ye may prosper in the land according to the
promises which the Lord made unto our fathers. ||
|1:8 And many more things did king Benjamin teach his sons, which are not written in this book.
(1:8) "And many more things did king Benjamin teach his sons, which are not written in this book."|
Thanks goodness for that!
|1:9 And it came to pass that
after king Benjamin had made an end of teaching his sons, that he waxed old, and
he saw that he must very soon go the way of all the earth; therefore, he thought it expedient that he should confer
the kingdom upon one of his sons.
|1:10 Therefore, he had Mosiah brought before him; and these are the words which he spake unto him,
saying: My son, I would that ye should make a proclamation throughout all this land among all this people, or the people of Zarahemla, and the people of Mosiah who dwell in the land, that thereby they may be gathered together; for on the
morrow I shall proclaim unto this my people out of mine own mouth that thou art a king and a ruler over this people,
whom the Lord our God hath given us. ||
|1:11 And moreover, I shall give this people a name, that thereby they may be distinguished above all the
people which the Lord God hath brought out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I do because they have been a diligent
people in keeping the commandments of the Lord. ||
|1:12 And I give unto them a name that never shall be blotted out,
except it be through transgression. ||
(1:12) And I will not blot out his name out of the book of life. -- Revelation 3:5
|1:13 Yea, and moreover I say unto you, that if this highly favored people of the Lord should fall into
transgression, and become a wicked and an adulterous people, that the Lord will deliver them up, that thereby they
become weak like unto their brethren; and he will no more preserve them by his matchless and marvelous power, as he
has hitherto preserved our fathers. ||
|1:14 For I say unto you, that if he had not extended his arm in the preservation of our fathers they must
have fallen into the hands of the Lamanites, and become victims to their hatred. ||
|1:15 And it came to pass that after king
Benjamin had made an end of these sayings to his son, that he gave
him charge concerning all the affairs of the kingdom. ||
(1:15-16) "Benjamin ... gave him [his son Mosiah] the plates of Nephi; and also,
the sword of Laban, and the ball or director, which led our fathers through the wilderness, which was prepared by the hand of the Lord."|
Before he died, King Benjamin selected his son Mosiah to replace him as king and gave him all his special things: the plates of Nephi,
the sword of Laban (that Nephi used
to decapitate Laban), and the magic
ball of curious workmanship that was made by God himself.
|1:16 And moreover, he also gave him charge concerning the records which were engraven on the plates of
brass; and also the plates of Nephi; and also, the sword of Laban, and the ball or director, which led our fathers
through the wilderness, which was prepared by the hand of the Lord that thereby they might be led, every one according
to the heed and diligence which they gave unto him.
|1:17 Therefore, as they were unfaithful they did not prosper nor progress in their journey, but were
driven back, and incurred the displeasure of God upon them; and therefore they were smitten with famine and sore
afflictions, to stir them up in remembrance of their duty. ||
To stir you up by putting you in remembrance -- 2 Peter 1:13
|1:18 And now, it came to pass that Mosiah went and did as his father had commanded him, and proclaimed
unto all the people who were in the land of Zarahemla that thereby they might gather themselves together, to go up to
the temple to hear the words which his father should speak unto them. ||
- Dwindling in Unbelief
Mosiah 1: King Benjamin teaches his sons Reformed Egyptian
- King Benjamin
- Book of Mosiah
- Reformed Egyptian
- The Annotated Book of Mormon
- Mosiah 1