Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, November 9

“Mosiah 25: Is This How You Feel When You Read the Book of Mormon?” by grego

Mosiah 25: Is This How You Feel When You Read the Book of Mormon?

grego
(c)2010

As I was doing some research and collecting verses from all over the Book of Mormon and being reminded of all I had read many times, I read some verses in Mosiah 25. King Mosiah has his people listen to the scriptures, and as they do so, they have experiences:

Mosiah 25:5 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.
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.
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.
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.

I laughed as I realized that these were the exact emotions I had. I believe that everyone who reads the scriptures with the correct spirit and Spirit will also feel these same emotions.

Those listening to (/ reading) the scriptures:
—were struck with wonder and amazement.
—knew not what to think.
—were filled with exceedingly great joy.
—were filled with sorrow, and even shed many tears of sorrow.
—did raise their voices and give thanks to God.
—were filled with pain and anguish for the welfare of [sinners].

Also, those reading with the correct spirit and Spirit experience the feeling that the children of Amulon and his brethren (who King Noah’s priests) have: that we are “displeased” and ashamed of our old lives, so to say, and desire to “[take] upon [our]selves the name of” Jesus Christ, “that [we] might be called the children of” Jesus Christ “and be numbered among those who were called” disciples of Jesus Christ.

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