Journey through the Book of Mormon: Mosiah 22 (Voice of the People)

In this chapter, the people of Limhi move closer to the rule of judges which they will adopt under Mosiah. The king gathers his people together to have “the voice of the people” on what they should do. And yet, this chapter also shows the limits that a monarchy places on the voice of the people. Gideon, a national hero, must ask the Kings permission to speak and raise his plan. In such a monarchy, power and rights come from the sovereign and individuals must be given permission to exercise freedom. While such a system works when one has a just ruler, it falls apart when a wicked man like Noah begins to rule. This realization is what leads to the rule of judges in a few chapters.

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