Shortly before his death, King Mosiah gave this advice:
“And now let us be wise and look forward to these things, and do that which will make for the peace of this people.” – Mosiah 29:10
This advice was given by King Mosiah shortly before his death. His sons had chosen to serve a mission to the Lamanites. His son, Aaron, should have become the next king, based on the tradition of the Nephites, but Aaron refused.
King Mosiah couldn’t get any of his sons to accept the throne. Instead of finding some long-lost relative to become king, Mosiah was inspired to alter their government from a monarchy to a democratic republic.
He instituted a government made up of judges who would be elected by the voice of the people. When proposing this solution to his people, he reminded them of how it is best to have a righteous king, but you can’t always guarantee that a king will be righteous. So, the next best thing is some kind of democratic system.
King Mosiah, his father King Benjamin, and his grandfather King Mosiah had all been righteous. But they were already familiar with the experiences of the people of King Limhi, who suffered much because of his father – the wicked King Noah.
Mosiah taught the people:
“or behold, how much iniquity doth one wicked king cause to be committed, yea, and what great destruction!
Yea, remember king Noah, his wickedness and his abominations, and also the wickedness and abominations of his people. Behold what great destruction did come upon them; and also because of their iniquities they were brought into bondage.” – Mosiah 29:17-18
So, in order to ensure peace and avoid the problems that would come from a wicked king, King Mosiah instituted a democratic government. It would now be the responsibility of the people to do that which would make peace for the people.
This advice is timeless in the very same context in which King Mosiah gave it.
When we vote, we don’t need to remain loyal to party lines or people. We should remain loyal to the concept that we will be wise. We need to remain loyal to our responsibility to look forward to possible problems that will come with a wicked leader. We need to remain loyal to our responsibility to do that which would make peace.
We can use these criteria to help us choose the leaders of our own country. Imagine how our country would run if this is what we kept in mind when vetting our politicians!
Doing this might require swallowing pride, changing, and showing love to others, but the result is peace. Totally worth it.
As I pondered this advice from King Mosiah, I realized that it can be applied to any decision.
When I’m making a decision, do I think about the future implications of that choice? Will it make for the peace of my family? Me?
There are times when I struggle with a lack of peace. This is going to get personal, but hopefully it will illustrate what I’m trying to say. I often feel frustrated and worried about my physical body. This lack of peace has manifested itself both in physical issues I’ve endured and through my body-image.
If I will apply this advice:
- To Look Forward
- To Choose that which will Make for Peace
If I will apply that advice, then I will suffer much less and have a happier life. I’m so grateful for the Book of Mormon. It is full of eternal principles that have practical application.