Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, March 22

“Book of Mormon: Why Many Americans Want a King” by grego

Book of Mormon: Why Many Americans Want a King

grego
(c) 2010

In Mosiah 29, king Mosiah is pleading for the Nephite people to relinquish their desires for a king (similar to Samuel in the Bible). First the verses, then a little commentary: 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*.
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*.
35-37 [bad kings are bad, listen]
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*.
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, 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.

Some points:
–people don’t have to take personal responsibility with a king.
–they don’t want equality, because when the playing field is fair, only the best work ethics win (no cronies allowed!).
–in other words, people want to be *cared* for, especially when it’s free for them.
–being free requires work and responsibility, and is a burden.

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