After addressing his people, Limhi has Ammon stand up and tell them what has happened to the main body of people in Zarahemla since they left. He also preaches King Benjamin’s last words to them about Christ.
Limhi lets Ammon read their record and asks if he can translate languages. Ammon cannot. Limhi tells how he sent 43 men into the wilderness to try to find the people of Zarahemla, but they found a land covered with bones instead. They found plates and want to know “the cause of their destruction.” (12)
Ammon tells king Limhi that King Mosiah is a seer, which “is a revelator and a prophet also; and a gift which is greater can no man have, except he should possess the power of God, which no man can; yet a man may have great power given him from God.” (16)
We have a living prophet and seer upon the earth today—President Russell M. Nelson. This is a great and marvelous blessing, to be guided by one who communes with God to receive revelation to guide God’s people on earth. Verse 17 tells what a seer can do:
- “can know of things which are past”
- can know “of things which are to come”
- “all things be revealed” unto them
- “secret things be made manifest”
- “hidden things shall come to light” unto them
- These hidden, secret things of God “shall be made known by them”
Thus God hath provided a means that man, through faith, might work mighty miracles; therefore he becometh a great benefit to his fellow beings.”Mosiah 8:18
I always love to hear from the prophets. But I need to remember not just to listen, but to heed their words. Power comes to those who do.
Limhi recognizes what a great blessing and benefit a seer is, and he rejoices that the mysteries contained in the plates can be made known unto them.
O how marvelous are the works of the Lord, and how long doth he suffer with his people; yea, and 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!”Mosiah 8:20
This is a great analogy. When we are hard-hearted and turn away from God, we become like a wild flock of sheep who scatters and won’t follow the Good Shepherd. Sheep are cute animals, but they are dumb as a rock. A sheepherder once told me that water can be super close to sheep—like a river—but unless he guides them to it, they won’t find it on their own. They’ll just stand in a flock and die of thirst, with a river nearby.
Just as sheep can be dumb, so is man without the light of the Spirit guiding us. God has also given us a prophet, seer, and revelator today to lead us back to Him.