Summary: The people (the Mulekites) of Zarahemla become Nephites—They learn of the people of Alma and of Zeniff—Alma baptizes Limhi and all his people—Mosiah authorizes Alma to organize the Church of God. About 120 B.C.
The chapter starts off by stating something interesting. It says that there weren't as many Nephites as there were Mulekites. And there weren't so many of them combined as there were Lamanites.
Mosiah gathers his people together and reads about the people of Zeniff. When he was done, the poeple were struck with wonder and amazement. The rejoiced that they had been delivered by bondage, and they wept for those that had been slain.
That really impressed me to think that the people were that unified and that caring of one another. I think that can happen within our church family - our wards our stakes. And it's really a neat thing when it does happen. But isn't it incredible when it happens as a people. I mean, remember September 11th and the incredible unity it brought to our nation. It's sad that it took such a tragic even to bring that to pass, but wow. I remember the feeling. I remember the kindness that everyone had to each other. All the flags, all the prayers. It was amazing.
7 And now, when Mosiah had made an end of reading the records, his people who tarried in the land were struck with wonder and amazement.
8 For they knew not what to think; for when they beheld those that had been delivered out of bondage they were filled with exceedingly great joy.
9 And again, when they thought of their brethren who had been slain by the Lamanites they were filled with sorrow, and even shed many tears of sorrow.
10 And again, when they thought of the immediate goodness of God, and his power in delivering Alma and his brethren out of the hands of the Lamanites and of bondage, they did raise their voices and give thanks to God.
11 And again, when they thought upon the Lamanites, who were their brethren, of their sinful and polluted state, they were filled with pain and anguish for the welfare of their souls.
Then it explains that all the people united together, became the people of Zarahemla and were numbered with the Nephites.
After Mosiah finished all these things, he then had Alma preach to the people. And when he was done speaking, King Limhi and all of his people were desirious to be baptized. Wow, what a cool mission story. It's like the stories people have with then convert a minister and his whole congregation. Well, not completely the same, but that's what it reminds me of. :)
Then Mosiah gave power to Alma to establish churches, and ordain priests and teacher. Okay, what a perfect system. The king and the prophet working hand in hand. Boy, wouldn't it be great if our nation could do that?! The President and the Prophet working together. I believe in the government of the church. It seems to work most excellent and could be a good example for our nation's government.
In the land of Zarahemla, they did organize 7 churches. (I wonder if that was wards or stakes :)..) And anyone who believed on the word of God, joined the church and the Lord's spirit poured out upon them.