1 Now when Mosiah had done this he sent out throughout all the land, among all the people, desiring to know their will concerning who should be their king.
2 And it came to pass that the voice of the people came, saying: We are desirous that Aaron thy son should be our king and our ruler.
3 Now Aaron had gone up to the land of Nephi, therefore the king could not confer the kingdom upon him; neither would Aaron take upon him the kingdom; neither were any of the sons of Mosiah willing to take upon them the kingdom. [The miraculous conversion of the Sons of Mosiah not only affected their own souls, but saved an entire kingdom from what would have been a godless king.]
4 Therefore king Mosiah sent again among the people; yea, even a written word sent he among the people. And these were the words that were written, saying:
5 Behold, O ye my people, or my brethren, for I esteem you as such, I desire that ye should consider the cause which ye are called to consider—for ye are desirous to have a king.
6 Now I declare unto you that he to whom the kingdom doth rightly belong has declined, and will not take upon him the kingdom.
7 And now if there should be another appointed in his stead, behold I fear there would rise contentions among you. And who knoweth but what my son, to whom the kingdom doth belong, should turn to be angry and draw away a part of this people after him, which would cause wars and contentions among you, which would be the cause of shedding much blood and perverting the way of the Lord, yea, and destroy the souls of many people. [There already was a great divide among the people and Mosiah knew that more than anything the kingdom needed righteous judges to protect them.]
8 Now I say unto you let us be wise and consider these things, for we have no right to destroy my son, neither should we have any right to destroy another if he should be appointed in his stead.
9 And if my son should turn again to his pride and vain things he would recall the things which he had said, and claim his right to the kingdom, which would cause him and also this people to commit much sin.
10 And now let us be wise and look forward to these things, and do that which will make for the peace of this people.
11 Therefore I will be your king the remainder of my days; nevertheless, let us appoint judges, to judge this people according to our law; and we will newly arrange the affairs of this people, for we will appoint wise men to be judges, that will judge this people according to the commandments of God. [This is how Moses organized the Hebrews until the people demanded that Samuel appoint a king, which would be Saul.]
12 Now it is better that a man should be judged of God than of man, for the judgments of God are always just, but the judgments of man are not always just. [By the Spirit of the Lord a man may judge righteously, yet the people must be able to discern to know. Therefore, Mosiah changed the affairs of the people so that judges could do this according to the commandments which had been given previously.]
13 Therefore, if it were possible that you could have just men to be your kings, who would establish the laws of God, and judge this people according to his commandments, yea, if ye could have men for your kings who would do even as my father Benjamin did for this people—I say unto you, if this could always be the case then it would be expedient that ye should always have kings to rule over you. [It is rare in history for a righteous king to rule a people. Normally, it is despots and dictators that usurp unrighteous dominion over a people. It also takes a righteous people to allow for a righteous king, as such a king doesn’t last long when the people are wicked.]
14 And even I myself have labored with all the power and faculties which I have possessed, to teach you the commandments of God, and to establish peace throughout the land, that there should be no wars nor contentions, no stealing, nor plundering, nor murdering, nor any manner of iniquity;
15 And whosoever has committed iniquity, him have I punished according to the crime which he has committed, according to the law which has been given to us by our fathers. [He is referring to the Law of Moses. The strict code of conduct was the source of great contention among the Nephites and the group which previously Alma the younger and sons of Mosiah were a part.]
16 Now I say unto you, that because all men are not just it is not expedient that ye should have a king or kings to rule over you.
17 For behold, how much iniquity doth one wicked king cause to be committed, yea, and what great destruction!
18 Yea, remember king Noah, his wickedness and his abominations, and also the wickedness and abominations of his people. Behold what great destruction did come upon them; and also because of their iniquities they were brought into bondage. [Noah is the perfect example of how a wicked priest/king can bring a people into iniquity.]
19 And were it not for the interposition [intervention] of their all-wise Creator, and this because of their sincere repentance, they must unavoidably remain in bondage until now.
20 But behold, he did deliver them because they did humble themselves before him; and because they cried mightily unto him he did deliver them out of bondage; and thus doth the Lord work with his power in all cases among the children of men, extending the arm of mercy towards them that put their trust in him. [Here is the formula for anyone seeking some form of deliverance, whether it be physical or spiritual. We must trust in Him, which requires patience as the Lord makes things happen for our benefit. Why does it mention to “cry mightily?” A broken heart and contrite spirit is required to open the windows of heaven. To cry mightily is to pour out one’s entire soul, unrestricted, to our Lord for His deliverance.]
21 And behold, now I say unto you, ye cannot dethrone an iniquitous king save it be through much contention, and the shedding of much blood. [Any kind of evil government cannot be walked back without the shedding of blood. Such is the case in America today, as the freedoms of the American people has been sabotaged, inch by inch, as our country is entrenched with secret combinations.]
22 For behold, he has his friends in iniquity, and he keepeth his guards about him; and he teareth up the laws of those who have reigned in righteousness before him; and he trampleth under his feet the commandments of God; [The collusion of the deep state within our own country, which desire to usurp the liberty of the American people and trample what is holy.]
23 And he enacteth laws, and sendeth them forth among his people, yea, laws after the manner of his own wickedness; and whosoever doth not obey his laws he causeth to be destroyed; and whosoever doth rebel against him he will send his armies against them to war, and if he can he will destroy them; and thus an unrighteous king doth pervert the ways of all righteousness. [It will not be fully achieved in this country before the Lord will cleanse it from such iniquity. But we have and will see this on a smaller scale before this occurs.]
24 And now behold I say unto you, it is not expedient that such abominations should come upon you.
25 Therefore, choose you by the voice of this people, judges, that ye may be judged according to the laws which have been given you by our fathers, which are correct, and which were given them by the hand of the Lord. [Here we see the first election in the Book of Mormon announced. The power of the people to create their own destiny. As long as they remain righteous as a majority they will prosper. When the people choose wickedness their judges will reflect those decisions.]
26 Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law—to do your business by the voice of the people. [Interesting that Mosiah institutes a democratic form of government and not a republic where the people elect representatives to vote wisely. The US Constitution was a unique government where three coequal branches of a federal government were balanced by state rights and prevented the government from usurping itself over the people, as the Founders had seen with former despots. The Lord could have inspired Mosiah to implement such a system, but there was a reason.]
27 And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land. [The US Constitution slows the process of falling into tyranny, more than any other government system. But when the checks and balances fail, and the wicked rule, the people mourn. The Jaredites destroyed themselves, as was told in their record. Such will happen to America before Zion is established.]
28 And now if ye have judges, and they do not judge you according to the law which has been given, ye can cause that they may be judged of a higher judge. [A good measure for how far a people had been corrupted is to study the judges of the land, particularly those who are at the top. Are they originalists in their view of the Constitution and American values, or do they see the laws according to the trends of society?]
29 If your higher judges do not judge righteous judgments, ye shall cause that a small number of your lower judges should be gathered together, and they shall judge your higher judges, according to the voice of the people.
30 And I command you to do these things in the fear of the Lord; and I command you to do these things, and that ye have no king; that if these people commit sins and iniquities they shall be answered upon their own heads. [Ultimately, it is the fault of the people if their judges are corrupt and their leaders are wicked after having been given so much.]
31 For behold I say unto you, the sins of many people have been caused by the iniquities of their kings; therefore their iniquities are answered upon the heads of their kings.
32 And now I desire that this inequality should be no more in this land, especially among this my people; but I desire that this land be a land of liberty, and every man may enjoy his rights and privileges alike, so long as the Lord sees fit that we may live and inherit the land, yea, even as long as any of our posterity remains upon the face of the land.
33 And many more things did king Mosiah write unto them, unfolding unto them all the trials and troubles of a righteous king, yea, all the travails of soul for their people, and also all the murmurings of the people to their king; and he explained it all unto them.
34 And he told them that these things ought not to be; but that the burden should come upon all the people, that every man might bear his part.
35 And he also unfolded unto them all the disadvantages they labored under, by having an unrighteous king to rule over them; [Mosiah carefully presented his argument to the people for not having a king.]
36 Yea, all his iniquities and abominations, and all the wars, and contentions, and bloodshed, and the stealing, and the plundering, and the committing of whoredoms, and all manner of iniquities which cannot be enumerated—telling them that these things ought not to be, that they were expressly repugnant to the commandments of God.
37 And now it came to pass, after king Mosiah had sent these things forth among the people they were convinced of the truth of his words.
38 Therefore they relinquished their desires for a king, and became exceedingly anxious that every man should have an equal chance throughout all the land; yea, and every man expressed a willingness to answer for his own sins. [The people saw that the responsibility fell upon them and not the monarchy.]
39 Therefore, it came to pass that they assembled themselves together in bodies throughout the land, to cast in their voices concerning who should be their judges [Public forums to elect the right people to judge them.] , to judge them according to the law which had been given them; and they were exceedingly rejoiced because of the liberty which had been granted unto them.
40 And they did wax strong in love towards Mosiah; yea, they did esteem him more than any other man; for they did not look upon him as a tyrant who was seeking for gain, yea, for that lucre which doth corrupt the soul; for he had not exacted riches of them, neither had he delighted in the shedding of blood; but he had established peace in the land, and he had granted unto his people that they should be delivered from all manner of bondage; therefore they did esteem him, yea, exceedingly, beyond measure. [This is similar to how the early Americans viewed George Washington, who was greatly encouraged by some to seize power and be the first king of America, yet he yielded to liberty and eschewed personal aggrandizement.]
41 And it came to pass that they did appoint judges to rule over them, or to judge them according to the law; and this they did throughout all the land.
42 And it came to pass that Alma was appointed to be the first chief judge, he being also the high priest, his father having conferred the office upon him, and having given him the charge concerning all the affairs of the church. [A double responsibility. To be the head of the church and the officiator of the temple, and also the chief judge of the land. Alma was looked upon as trustworthy and fair-minded to all the people.]
43 And now it came to pass that Alma did walk in the ways of the Lord, and he did keep his commandments, and he did judge righteous judgments; and there was continual peace through the land. [To “judge righteous judgments” is to separate and organize all things according to the pattern set by the Lord. This can be seen as fairly absolving disputes among people, or separating from the Church those who are attempting to sew discord. To judge according to the Spirit of the Lord is to judge righteously.]
44 And thus commenced the reign of the judges throughout all the land of Zarahemla, among all the people who were called the Nephites; and Alma was the first and chief judge.
45 And now it came to pass that his father died [Alma, who had led the people from the Waters of Mormon], being eighty and two years old, having lived to fulfil the commandments of God.
46 And it came to pass that Mosiah died also, in the thirty and third year of his reign, being sixty and three years old; making in the whole, five hundred and nine years from the time Lehi left Jerusalem. [We are now only 91 years from the birth of Christ. The Lord would visit them in 124 years from the time Alma accepts the judgment seat over the Nephites. The countdown had begun!]
47 And thus ended the reign of the kings over the people of Nephi; and thus ended the days of Alma, who was the founder of their church.
As of 2019 it has been 243 years since the founding of the United States of America, 189 years since the church was organized under Joseph Smith, 71 years since the reestablishment of state of Israel, and the clock is ticking. There is a moment in time when these will culminate in the realization of all the events prophesied since the beginning, the gathering of Israel, the establishment of Zion, the triumphant return of Jesus Christ, and the cleansing of this world. Much as it was experienced by the ancient people of this land will reflect how it will be for us. This is the value of the book of Mosiah and the next few books of the Book of Mormon abridgment. Pay close attention to what transpires as it will offer clues for how we shall traverse the difficult days to come.