I had a great and uplifting time last night spending the evening with my ward Relief Society sisters in a lovely meal and crafting activity. This morning, I am delving into the Book of Mosiah, keeping in mind that I am looking for cause and effects within the scriptures.
I would like to point out, for those of you new to the Book of Mormon, that the reading here changes a bit. From 1 Nephi through the Words of Mormon, everything that has been written by the prophets up to this point has been in the first person. As Mormon explained in the Words of Mormon, he abridged the record from this point forward from the large plates in order to combine everything together. And now, from this point forward, we will be reading in the third person because of the abridgement that Mormon as he was lead by the Holy Spirit to do so.
Ending in the Book of Omni, Amaleki passed the plates over to king Benjamin because he knew him to be a wise and righteous man before God. And this is where we pick back up:
While we have seen in scriptures before with parents and siblings exhorting their families to be righteous and to follow Christ, in verses 2-3 we see that king Benjamin found it important to teach his children to read in the ancient language so that they could read the plates of brass and understand for themselves the engravings. He tells his sons that without these plates and the engravings thereon, that they would have lived in ignorance and suffered not knowing the mysteries of God. I like the use of the word mystery here, because it sounds nifty, but beyond that, the use of it allows for us to understand that those mysteries are revealed, so they are the words of the prophets which are, of course, of God. King Benjamin continues to explain to his boys how important their forefathers were, from Lehi down to the present time and that without them, they would not know of the commandments and ways of the Lord. He asks his children to remember the writings and know for themselves that they are true because they have the words in front of them. To add some cause and effect to the beginning of this chapter, even though there aren’t any indicator words, we can deduce from king Benjamin that because the prophets wrote their words, the people of their time are able to learn of the mysteries of God.
King Benjamin wraps up his preaching to his sons, pleading with them to keep the commandments and live righteously and then holds back his son Mosiah so that he can prepare him to become the next king. He tells Mosiah that he needs to go and gather the people so that king Benjamin can “give this people a name, that thereby they may be distinguished above all the people which the Lord God hath brought our of the land of Jerusalem.” Upon giving the kingdom to Mosiah he also give him the plates of brass, the sword of Laban (it’s still going and at least 450 years old,) and the Liahona.
Wrapping up the chapter Mosiah, the son of king Benjamin followed the directions of his father to gather the people so that Benjamin could talk to them and perform the ceremonial needs of conferring the kingdom upon Mosiah. And we see one last cause and effect in verse 17: Cause: the people were unfaithful Effect: “they did not prosper or progress in their journey, but were driven back, and incurred the displeasure of God upon them” and “they were smitten with famine and sore afflictions.”
I can’t wait for chapter 2, I love this part of the Book of Mormon. I write this to you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.