“The Charge to King Mosiah II”

Monte S. Nyman

Mosiah, son of Benjamin, having charge of the records and the sacred instruments (v. 16) continues the line of responsibility as stated by Mormon: “they were handed down … from generation to generation until they have fallen into my hands” (Words of Mormon 1:11). The ball or director working according to the heed and diligence given to the Lord (Mosiah 1:16) was also noted in 1 Nephi 16:28. The Nephites being unfaithful and not prospering (Mosiah 1:17) confirms the consequences of those who take the name of Christ and then fall into transgression. They will not be preserved by the Lord (v. 13). Mosiah son of Benjamin proclaiming to all the people to gather to the temple to hear his father’s words (v. 18) prepares us for what is recorded in Mosiah chapter 2. Therefore, these verses (15–18) are a brief summary of what happened between the time King Benjamin instructed his sons (v. 3–14) and the time he instructed the people at the temple in the land of Zarahemla.

Book of Mormon Commentary: These Records Are True