Timeline of the Book of Mosiah

The Book of Mosiah is not written in chronological order, so it can be hard to keep track of where you are as you read. Here is a chart which will hopefully make it easier:

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A few observations:

  • King Benjamin’s sermon, which appears at the beginning of the book, happens after most of the events in the book. In particular, Abinadi’s sermon to King Noah, the other major sermon in the book, actually occurred many years earlier.
  • Immediately after King Benjamin’s sermon, we read about the end of King Limhi’s story, as a search party led by Ammon discovers them in chapters 7 & 8. We then rewind to understand the history which led to the captivity of Limhi and his people.
  • After reading about Limhi’s captivity for the second time (chapters 19-22), we rewind briefly again, to learn about the parallel captivity of Alma and his people (in chapters 23-24).
  • Finally, everyone comes together again in chapter 25, which actually occurs only a few years after King Benjamin’s sermon.

 

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