The use of the word “ceremony” in Mosiah 19:24 is puzzling, since nothing ceremonial seems to be occurring in this passage. Royal Skousen has suggested it is a scribal error, while others are argued that there is a ceremonial context for this passage. Whatever the case may be, exploring the different possibilities can yield a variety of interesting insights into this portion of the Book of Mormon.
Mosiah 18: Alma preaches in private—He sets forth the covenant of baptism and baptizes at the waters of Mormon—He organizes the Church of Christ and ordains priests—They support themselves and teach the people—Alma and his people flee from King Noah into the wilderness. About 147–145 B.C. Mosiah 19: Gideon seeks to slay King Noah—The Lamanites invade the land—King Noah suffers death by fire—Limhi rules as a tributary monarch. About 145–121 B.C. Mosiah 20: Some Lamanite daughters are abducted by the priests of Noah—The Lamanites wage war upon Limhi and his people—The Lamanite hosts are repulsed and pacified. About 145–123 B.C. Mosiah 21: Limhi’s people are smitten and defeated by the Lamanites—Limhi’s people meet Ammon and are converted—They tell Ammon of the twenty-four Jaredite plates. About 122–121 B.C. Mosiah 22: Plans are made for the people to escape from Lamanite bondage—The Lamanites are made drunk—The people escape, return to Zarahemla, and become subject to King Mosiah. About 121–120 B.C. Mosiah 23: An account of Alma and the people of the Lord, who were driven into the wilderness by the people of King Noah. Mosiah 24: Amulon persecutes Alma and his people—They are to be put to death if they pray—The Lord makes their burdens seem light—He delivers them from bondage, and they return to Zarahemla. About 145–120 B.C.
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Alma escapes King Noah and secretly teaches Abinadi’s words in the land of Helam. Several years later they are found by King Noah’s wicked priests and become subject to the Lamanites. Because of their great faith in God they are delivered.
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These references to the “East Wind” may lead some to wonder if they have any historical context? Winds from the east are especially destructive in the Middle East and in Mesoamerica.
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