“King Mosiah Did Walk in the Ways of the Lord”

George Reynolds, Janne M. Sjodahl

To recapitulate: Mosiah was born in the Land of Zarahemla 154 or 155 years before the coming of the Savior. He was instructed in all the learning of the Nephites, and trained up in his youth in the fear of the Lord. By the direction of the Almighty, he was consecrated by his father to succeed him on the throne. This ceremony was attended to at the time the entire nation gathered at the temple in Zarahemla to listen to the words of their aged and beloved ruler. At this same time each one of them covenanted with God to be His servant. There, in the presence of his future subjects, under the shadow of the holy temple, Mosiah was set apart to rule a people whose sins were forgiven through their abiding faith in the as yet unborn Redeemer. Could a king come to the throne under more auspicious circumstances? Profound peace ruled with all who were outside his dominions, and within its borders reigned union, contentment, prosperity, happiness, and what is more, righteousness.

Mosiah was thirty years old when he began to reign. This was 476 years after Lehi left Jerusalem. Mosiah followed in the footsteps of his father and taught his people to be industrious; he also set them a good example by tilling a portion of the earth to maintain himself and his dependents.

Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2