Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


King Mosiah, Joseph Smith, Book of Mormon


The immediate situation that prompted Mosiah to institute a system of judges to govern the Nephites was the departure of his four sons. The people asked that Aaron be appointed king, but he and his brothers had gone to the land of Nephi to preach to the Lamanites and had renounced their claims to the monarchy (see Mosiah 29:1–6).