Mosiah 7-9, Bondage!
1-King Mosiah 2-King Benjamin 3-King Mosiah II 1-King Zeniff 2-King Noah 3-King Limhi
Why are Zeniff’s people placed into bondage? Zeniff, who was made king over this people, he being over-zealous to inherit the land of his fathers, therefore being deceived by the cunning and craftiness of king Laman, … I say unto you, great are the reasons which we have to mourn… and all because of iniquity. For if this people had not fallen into transgression the Lord would not have suffered that this great evil should come upon them. But behold, they would not hearken unto his words; but there arose contentions among them, even so much that they did shed blood among themselves. And a prophet of the Lord have they slain; yea, a chosen man of God... (Mosiah 7:21-33) 1- Over-zealous 2- Deceived 3- Transgressions 4- Contentions 5- Slay the Prophets (Fight against God)
How do we get out of “bondage”? Being grieved for the afflictions of my people, I caused that forty and three of my people should take a journey into the wilderness that we might appeal unto our brethren to deliver us out of bondage. (Admit we can’t do it on our own!) And they were lost in the wilderness for the space of many days…And they have brought twenty-four plates which are filled with engravings… Now Ammon said unto him: I can assuredly tell thee, O king, of a man that can translate the records…a seer is greater than a prophet. And Ammon said that a seer is a revelator and a prophet also; and a gift which is greater can no man have…(Mosiah 8:1-7) A see-ercan help us out of our bondage
Mosiah 8:6-18 "A seer is one who sees with spiritual eyes. He perceives the meaning of that which seems obscure to others. He foresees the future from the past and the present. This he does by the power of the Lord operating through him directly, or indirectly with the aid of divine instruments such as the Urim and Thummim. In short, he is one who sees, who walks in the Lord's light with open eyes" (John A. Widtsoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, arr. G. Homer Durham, 3 vols. in 1 , 258). What is a seer?
Mosiah 8:6-18 “One can trust a seer because a seer may see the heavens open. He may see the great vision of God working in all his majesty. He may see the fulness of truth as it is revealed to him by God who makes no mistakes. “The seer can bear personal testimony, not based on books, not based on scholarship, not based on tradition, but based on the evidence of things that God himself can reveal to him in an actual experience with Deity. He may receive a revelation from God by actually seeing and hearing and being instructed in the real truth.” Elder Theodor M. Burton Conference report, 1961 What is a seer?
I was recently in Vavau, Tonga. It is a little island which is one and a half hours away from Nuku'alofa by plane and twenty-four hours away by boat. By boat it is the worst trip that can be made.. When the area conference was announced for Tonga, it was determined that only one boat would be available for the Saints from Vavau. The boat held 150 people. If you stuffed bodies into every possible corner of the ship, you could get close to three hundred people. Eight hundred Tongans jammed onto that boat and stood up for twenty-four hours without sleep, without food, without drink, without anything--because they knew that a prophet of God was going to be in their islands and they were not going to miss him for anything in the world. Do you care that the prophet of the Lord is speaking in the neighborhood? Do you care enough to flip on a television set, a radio, or to come to this building to watch a priesthood meeting? Eight hundred people stood up for twenty-four hours to get to conference, and they didn't think anything about it. Remembered and Nourished by the Good Word of God, September 26, 1976 What is a seer?
Based on our last General Conference, what are our Seers seeing? What things are threatening our freedom and leading us to bondage?
General Conference Quotables October 2013
Doubt your doubts Doubt your faith before you Dieter F. Uchtdorf