Lesson 19-1: Two Flashbacks in the Book of Mosiah


Lesson 19-1: Two Flashbacks in the Book of Mosiah

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Welch, John W. (Primary), Welch, Greg (Primary), and Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye (Primary)




Scripture Central


Springville, UT

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Welch, John W., Welch, Greg, and Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye. "Lesson 19-1: Two Flashbacks in the Book of Mosiah", Vol. 19-1. Springville, UT: Scripture Central, 2023.


The book of Mosiah contains two notable flashback sequences, one recounting the history of Zeniff and his people and the other relating how Alma and his followers reached the land of Zarahemla. In this chart, the bars represent the narrative content and flow of the books of Omni and Mosiah over time, while the two flashback episodes are shown in relation to their placement in the book of Mosiah and to the time spans they cover, which predate the time of Mosiah. These flashbacks help demonstrate the Book of Mormon’s narrative complexity and indicate that the book of Mosiah was put together by use of various underlying historical records.

Alma the Elder
Mosiah (Book)

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