The Book of Mosiah is the eighth book in the Book of Mormon…
Mosiah is most likely linked to the Hebrew term; “Moshia”, which represents a Champion of Justice against oppression, appointed by God, whose Mission is to liberate a chosen people from oppression, especially by non-violent means.
Following the address given by King Benjamin to his people (encompassing chapters 2-5), King Benjamin felt the strong need to “…take the names of all those who had entered into a covenant with God to keep his commandments. And it came to pass that there was not one soul, except it were little childen [who had] taken upon them the name of Christ.” (Mosiah 6:1-2)
Shortly after this, King Benjamin consecrates or passes down his power to his son, Mosiah. Unfortunately, many people did not hear the words of warning that King Benjamin spoke. Three years after this address, King Benjamin died.
Mosiah then rose to power at the age of 30, but “…did walk in the ways of the Lord, and did observe his judgements and his statutes, and did keep his commandments…” (Mosiah 6:6) Mosiah was a righteous ruler who followed the commandments of God and remembered of his power and judgement.
Mosiah was not only a righteous ruler, but also a ruler who led by example; “…king Mosiah did cause his people that they should till the earth. And he also, himself, did till the earth…” (Mosiah 6:7)
The chapter concludes by explaining that there was no contention among his people for a space of 3 years.