Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, March 19

“Book of Mormon: Nephite Government Balance of Powers and Judgment” by grego

Book of Mormon: Nephite Government Balance of Powers and Judgment

(c) 2010

In the Book of Mormon, the Nephite government has balance of powers, but instead of being horizontal like the constitution of the USA, it is vertical.

King Mosiah :
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

A lower judge’s decision can be appealed to a higher judge, and a higher judge’s opinion can be appealed to a group of lower judges.

There is also another very interesting judgment here, since the Nephites were under a social contract with God: the majority judges the minority by choosing the laws; but if/ when the majority chooses iniquity over righteousness, God judges them.

Later, sometime after Alma, there is also a split between the government and the military, and each has its own powers (especially seen in the Amalickiah war).

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