The sons of Mosiah shall have eternal life—They go to preach to the Lamanites—Mosiah translates the Jaredite plates with the two seer stones.
The sons of Mosiah want to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Lamanites. They have six purposes for doing this (v. 2-3):
- to bring them to the knowledge of the Lord their God
- to convince them of the iniquity of their fathers
- to cure them of their hatred towards the Nephites
- to rejoice in the Lord their God
- to become friendly to one another
- they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble.
v. 4 "And thus did the Spirit of the Lord work upon them, for they were the very avilest of sinners. And the Lord saw fit in his infinite bmercy to spare them; nevertheless they suffered much anguish of soul because of their iniquities, suffering much and fearing that they should be cast off forever."
- I don't know about you, but that is pretty heavy. They were the vilest of sinners. I don't even want to imagine what you would have to have done to be labeled that. It such a blessing to repent, and the sons of Mosiah must have had an incredible understanding of the gospel to want so desperately to share it and undo what wrongs they could.
Mosiah inquire of the Lord, and receives a promise that "they shall have eternal life; and [The Lord] will adeliver thy sons out of the hands of the Lamanites." (v.6-7)
Again, the sons of Mosiah must have had an incredible understanding of the gospel, because they all refused their father's kingdom! They would rather be missionaries than kings! What an example!
We learn more about the "adventures" of the sons of Mosiah, and the story of the Jaredite people later in the Book of Mormon.