Mosiah Desires to Know Who Should Be King

George Reynolds, Janne M. Sjodahl

Mosiah now felt that it was time that the question of the succession to the Nephite throne should be settled. In his magnanimity he sent among his people to learn whom they would have for their king.

They chose Mosiah's son, Aaron, but Aaron would not accept the royal powers; his heart was set upon converting his fellow men to the Gospel.

Aaron's refusal troubled the mind of Mosiah. He apprehended difficulties if Aaron, at some future date should change his decision and would demand his rights to the sovereignty.

Mosiah, therefore, issued another address to his much loved subjects. As usual, it was full of wisdom and affection. In it, after recounting the peculiarities of the troubled situation, he said, "Let us be wise and consider these things, for we have no right to destroy my son, neither should we have any right to destroy another, if he should be appointed in his stead."

Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2