Shiblon

Son of Alma

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Shiblon

Shiblon, son of Alma, was described by Mormon as “a just man, and he did walk uprightly before God; and he did observe to do good continually, to keep the commandments of the Lord his God”. Alma took Shiblon with him on his mission to the Zoramites about 74 BC, along with Shiblon’s brother Corianton, Amulek, Zeezrom, and three of the sons of MosiahAmmon, Aaron, and Omner. Shiblon performed his labors with honor, as Alma later confirmed in his father’s blessing upon his son. “I say unto you, my son, that I have had great joy in thee already, because of thy faithfulness and thy diligence, and thy patience and thy long-suffering among the people of the Zoramites”. Alma counseled Shiblon to put his trust in God and promised him that by doing so he would be delivered out of his trials and afflictions, many of which he suffered during his mission, and would be “lifted up at the last day”.

The prophet-father bore firm testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ to his son and encouraged him to continue teaching the word. “Use boldness, but not overbearance; and also see that ye bridle all your passions, that ye may be filled with love; see that ye refrain from idleness”. Shiblon obeyed his father and was later mentioned by Mormon as being a valiant disciple of the Lord responsible for bringing great blessings to the people. “Yea, and there was continual peace among them, and exceedingly great prosperity in the church because of their heed and diligence which they gave unto the word of God, which was declared unto them by Helaman, and Shiblon, and Corianton, and Ammon and his brethren, yea, and by all those who had been ordained by the holy order of God, being baptized unto repentance, and sent forth to preach among the people”.

In the year 56 BC, Shiblon received the sacred records from his older brother, Helaman, whom he succeeded as head of the Church. Three years later, in 53 BC, Shiblon conveyed the records into the hands of his nephew, Helaman, son of Helaman, and died shortly thereafter.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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