Establish the Church – Mosiah 25:1-24

1 And now king Mosiah caused that all the people should be gathered together.

2 Now there were not so many of the children of Nephi, or so many of those who were descendants of Nephi, as there were of the people of Zarahemla, who was a descendant of Mulek, and those who came with him into the wilderness.

3 And there were not so many of the people of Nephi and of the people of Zarahemla as there were of the Lamanites; yea, they were not half so numerous.

4 And now all the people of Nephi were assembled together, and also all the people of Zarahemla, and they were gathered together in two bodies.

5 And it came to pass that Mosiah did read, and caused to be read, the records of Zeniff to his people; yea, he read the records of the people of Zeniff, from the time they left the land of Zarahemla until they returned again. [He read to them what we have from Mosiah 9-24, excluding parts that were not included by Mormon.]

6 And he also read the account of Alma and his brethren, and all their afflictions, from the time they left the land of Zarahemla until the time they returned again.

7 And now, when Mosiah had made an end of reading the records, his people who tarried in the land were struck with wonder and amazement. [An incredible account of how the Lord works among His people. To think it was only a few hundred miles away from them.]

8 For they knew not what to think; for when they beheld those that had been delivered out of bondage they were filled with exceedingly great joy.

9 And again, when they thought of their brethren who had been slain by the Lamanites they were filled with sorrow, and even shed many tears of sorrow.

10 And again, when they thought of the immediate goodness of God, and his power in delivering Alma and his brethren out of the hands of the Lamanites and of bondage, they did raise their voices and give thanks to God.

11 And again, when they thought upon the Lamanites, who were their brethren, of their sinful and polluted state, they were filled with pain and anguish for the welfare of their souls.

12 And it came to pass that those who were the children of Amulon and his brethren, who had taken to wife the daughters of the Lamanites, were displeased with the conduct of their fathers, and they would no longer be called by the names of their fathers, therefore they took upon themselves the name of Nephi, that they might be called the children of Nephi and be numbered among those who were called Nephites. [An interesting footnote about how some of the children of Amulon rebel against their wicked parents and choose to become Nephites.]

13 And now all the people of Zarahemla were numbered with the Nephites, and this because the kingdom had been conferred upon none but those who were descendants of Nephi.

14 And now it came to pass that when Mosiah had made an end of speaking and reading to the people, he desired that Alma should also speak to the people.

15 And Alma did speak unto them, when they were assembled together in large bodies, and he went from one body to another, preaching unto the people repentance and faith on the Lord. [This is the first step in the Doctrine of Christ.]

16 And he did exhort the people of Limhi and his brethren, all those that had been delivered out of bondage, that they should remember that it was the Lord that did deliver them. [To inspire faith in the Lord it is important to remind the people of the miracles they witness.]

17 And it came to pass that after Alma had taught the people many things, and had made an end of speaking to them, that king Limhi was desirous that he might be baptized; and all his people were desirous that they might be baptized also. [They had waited a long time for this.]

18 Therefore, Alma did go forth into the water and did baptize them; yea, he did baptize them after the manner he did his brethren in the waters of Mormon; yea, and as many as he did baptize did belong to the church of God; and this because of their belief on the words of Alma. [By this time Alma had taught them the second half of the Doctrine of Christ which focused upon baptism of water and the Spirit.]

19 And it came to pass that king Mosiah granted unto Alma that he might establish churches throughout all the land of Zarahemla; and gave him power to ordain priests and teachers over every church. [Mosiah was still the king and had the authority to designate priests and teachers.]

20 Now this was done because there were so many people that they could not all be governed by one teacher; neither could they all hear the word of God in one assembly;

21 Therefore they did assemble themselves together in different bodies, being called churches; every church having their priests and their teachers, and every priest preaching the word according as it was delivered to him by the mouth of Alma. [The priests officiated over their respected churches and the teachers assisted these priests. They only taught what they were given by Alma in terms of doctrine, but were commanded to speak by the power of the Holy Ghost.]

22 And thus, notwithstanding there being many churches they were all one church, yea, even the church of God; for there was nothing preached in all the churches except it were repentance and faith in God. [In other words, the purpose of the church was to point their hearts and minds toward Jesus Christ and nothing else. This is plenty of substance for endless instructional and inspiring sermons.]

23 And now there were seven churches in the land of Zarahemla. [Seven is a number of perfection.] And it came to pass that whosoever were desirous to take upon them the name of Christ, or of God, they did join the churches of God;

24 And they were called the people of God. And the Lord did pour out his Spirit [baptism of fire] upon them, and they were blessed, and prospered in the land.

A church is a gathering of people who have a similar desire to find God and worship Him. There are innumerable churches in the world today. The Church of the Gentiles is the umbrella for Christianity and has become corrupted by the Great and Abominable Church of the Devil. Every now and then the Lord leads out a people like Limhi or Alma who are seeking a pure relationship with Christ. When these churches are established the Lord pours out His spirit upon them. Such occurred in 1830 when Joseph Smith established the church in Fayette, New York.

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4 Responses to Establish the Church – Mosiah 25:1-24

  1. daniel Dylan says:

    (“ Every now and then the Lord leads out a people like Limhi or Alma who are seeking a pure relationship with Christ. “) Is this what will happen soon in our time? Groups will be led out to establish Zions throughout the world? Will it be your calling to establish one of these Zions? I’d love to be a part of that! [Yes, this will happen. There will be places of refuge established throughout the world to be prepared to come to Zion, and the gatherers will bring them. PR]

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  2. In Mosiah 22 you added a comment:
    13 And after being many days in the wilderness they arrived in the land of Zarahemla, and joined Mosiah’s people, and became his subjects. [It is about a six week journey by foot.]

    Now in this chapter you comment:
    7 And now, when Mosiah had made an end of reading the records, his people who tarried in the land were struck with wonder and amazement. [An incredible account of how the Lord works among His people. To think it was only a few hundred miles away from them.]

    Does it really take 6 weeks to travel a few hundred miles? I guess I think of a few hundred miles as being 300, but if a few is actually 600-700 miles, then I guess that makes sense. Can you tell us where these locations were located? [This is the land between Tennessee and upper Missouri to the Iowa border. PR]

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  3. Karla says:

    Some believe and have seen in visions of a calling out, from the church before the calamities start, but I often wondered how about those that are not in our church? so this makes sense that God will bring others to safe places as well, I’m also understanding that within the church there will be many led out to safe places, but this is going to be by the Spirit and not necessarily from the Prophet? [For many it will be from a prophet, because they cannot hear the voice of the Lord. PR]
    Also, Alma had established a church, what happened when they came to live under King Mosiah? How did they reconcile what King Benjamin had established and what Alma was bringing? I know it all worked out perfectly but I was just curious how they put it together. [You learn that in chapter 26. PR]

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  4. Rebecca Brent says:

    [For many it will be from a prophet, because they cannot hear the voice of the Lord. PR]

    When you say many will be called out by “a prophet” are you referring to the gatherers?

    If so, what will lead people to recognize these servants as prophets? Especially if people cannot hear the voice of the Lord? I’m curious because it seems many don’t know how to recognize one now. [It will be much like how Alma led out the people from Noah. They will trust them because they are godly men and women. They will demonstrate the gifts of the Spirit. Those who are repenting will be able to tell the difference. PR]

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