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"A Seer... Revelator and Prophet," Mosiah 8

Mosiah 8

It is interesting that Ammon was called upon to relate to the people of Limhi all that had happened in the Zarahemla. Not only that, but he was also able to declare unto them the words of king Benjamin. This reminded me of a recent visit where we were talking about prophets and how it is that we have a living prophet today. The natural question that followed was, "What has the prophet said today?" It was my responsibility to relate from memory the most recent words of the prophet. Do I really recognize the great blessing that it is to have a prophet among the people of the Church?

After the meeting with the people of Limhi, the chapter goes on to relate a discussion between the king and Ammon. Limhi asks him if he is able to translate some records that his people had obtained. Why did Limhi ask Ammon if he could translate? Perhaps it was because of the power of the words that had been delivered to his people concerning the history of Zarahelma and the words of king Benjamin. My own experiences have shown that the Spirit can manifest itself quite strongly for the benefit of the hearers. Perhaps when Limhi felt the Spirit of the Lord while he was listening to Ammon, he supposed Ammon to be a prophet.

There is a sense of enthusiasm on both sides when Ammon answers the king's questions and king Limhi understands them. I suppose that part of that enthusiasm that the king is feeling is because now he better understands the cause for the suffering of his people. To understand the great gift that the king of Zarahemla possessed, the king also understood what was lost when his grandfather (Zeniff)  left Zarahemla to reclaim the land of Nephi. To have a prophet and access to his teachings is a great blessing from God. When he left Zarahemla for the land of Nephi, Zeniff lost access to a prophet. I suppose that it is for this reason that Zeniff declares at the end of the chapter, "How blind and impenetrable are the understandings of the children of men; for they will not seek wisdom, neither do they desire that she should rule over them!" (verse 20)