Book of Mormon
Lesson 17
“A Seer … Becometh a Great Benefit to His Fellow Beings”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to follow the counsel of Church leaders, particularly those whom the Lord has called as prophets, seers, and revelators.

Scripture references for study:  Mosiah 7–11
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Lesson 17 Handout (PDF)

Mosiah 7

King Benjamin concluded his great sermon and consecrated Mosiah as king over the people.

Mosiah commissioned a group of sixteen men to go in search of these people.

Limhi gathers his people together and speaks to them.

Mosiah 8

Limhi had Ammon read the record of his people from the time of Zeniff (v5).

Limhi then asked Ammon if "he could interpret languages" and Ammon said that he could not.

Zeniff & Noah

The Record of Zeniff.

The Vanities of Noah and His People.

Sin & Bondage.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Brothers Kent P. Jackson & Morgan W. Turner wrote: "Zeniff and his people were examples of those who seek happiness and security in the things of heaven. They learned that to prosper in the land, they would have to obey the commandments of the Lord. King Noah and his priests, only one generation later, were examples of those who seek happiness and security in the things of the world. They tried to gratify their vanity with the construction of luxurious buildings and to find security without the protection of God. Yet Abinadi taught them of the evil of both their behavior and their outlook. How truly Alma taught: 'Wickedness never was happiness.' (Alma 41:10) True happiness and security can come only from Christ, through whom alone is salvation." (Studies in Scripture, 7:239)

Joseph Smith: "Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that lead to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God." (TPJS, p235)

Record your thoughts on the experiences of Zeniff and his people. How can you avoid the conditions that eventually led the people of Zeniff into sin and then bondage?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Conference Reports (CR).


Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

Studies in Scripture, Volume 7, edited by Kent P. Jackson.

Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).

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