Major Book of Mormon Prophets

This List Contains Stories and Details of 19 Prophets

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The following chronological list only details major prophets from the Book of Mormon. Many other individuals can be found inside its covers. This includes both good women and men. Much of the Book is a Nephite record, so most of the prophets are Nephites.

Some Book of Mormon people figure prominently in only the secular and military history. This is why men like Captain Moroni, Ammon, Pahoran and Nephihah are not included in the list that follows. Some of them can be found among the great role models of the Book of Mormon.

Nephite Prophets

Lehi: Lehi is the first prophet in the Book of Mormon. He was commanded by God to leave his home in Jerusalem, along with his family, and travel to the Americas. His vision of the Tree of Life is crucial in understanding the Plan of Salvation.

Nephi, Lehi's son: A faithful son and prophet in his own right, Nephi served Heavenly Father and his people faithfully throughout his life. Unfortunately, he received a great deal of abuse from his older brothers who thought it their right to rule. Under Heavenly Father's direction, Nephi built the boat he and his father's family took to the new world. He also included many of Isaiah's teaching into the book of 2 Nephi, with some commentary and explanation of his own.

Jacob, Nephi's brother, Lehi's son: Before Nephi died, he entrusted the religious records to his younger brother, Jacob. Born while his family continued traveling in the wilderness, he is known for recording the allegory of the tame and wild olive trees.

Enos, Jacob's son: Not known for being a prolific writer, but he was a prolific prayer. Enos' extensive prayers for his personal salvation, the salvation of his people, as well as the that of the Lamanites, is the stuff of legend.

King Mosiah: This Nephite prophet led his people out of the lands of their first inheritance, only to discover the people of Zarahemla and unite with them. Mosiah was made king over both peoples.

King Benjamin, son of King Mosiah: A conscientious and righteous prophet and king, Benjamin is known for delivering a major address to all his people shortly before he died.

King Mosiah, son of King Benjamin: Mosiah was the last of the Nephite kings. He encouraged his people to replace him with a type of democracy. After obtaining the Jaredite record, Mosiah translated it. His four sons and Alma the younger hurt the church until they experienced a marvelous conversion. Mosiah allowed his four sons to take the gospel to the Lamanites after receiving a promise from Heavenly Father that they would be protected in doing so.

Abinadi: A prophet who zealously preached the gospel to the people of King Noah, only to be burned to death while he continued to prophesy. Alma, the Elder believed Abinadi and was converted.

Alma the Elder: One of King Noah's priests, Alma believed Abinadi and taught his words. He and other believers were forced to leave, but they eventually found King Mosiah and the people of Zarahemla and joined with them. Mosiah gave Alma responsibility for the church.

Alma the Younger: Known for his rebellion and efforts to hurt the church, along with the four sons of King Mosiah, Alma became a zealous missionary and devoted high priest to the people. Much of the book of Alma chronicles his teachings and missionary experiences.

Helaman, son of Alma, the Younger: Both a prophet and military leader, Alma the Younger gave Helaman charge of all the religious records. He is best known as the leader of the 2,000 stripling soldiers.

Helaman, son of Helaman: Much of the book of Helaman in the Book of Mormon was recorded by Helaman and his son, Nephi.

Nephi, the son of Helaman: Both a prophet and chief judge over the Nephite people, Nephi labored as a missionary with his brother Lehi.  The two experienced miraculous events during their mission to the Lamanite people. Nephi later revealed the murder and the murderer of the chief judge through inspiration.

Nephi, the son of Nephi, the son of Helaman: Nephi's record comprises much of 3 Nephi and 4 Nephi in the Book of Mormon. Nephi was privileged to witness the coming of Jesus Christ to the Americas and be chosen as one of Christ's twelve apostles.

Mormon: The prophet for whom the Book of Mormon was named. Mormon was a prophet and a military leader for much of his life. He chronicled the last days of the Nephite nation and was one of the last of the Nephites to die. His son, Moroni, was the last. Mormon abridged much of the Nephite records. His abridgment is largely what we have in the Book of Mormon. He wrote both the Words of Mormon and the book of Mormon, the second to last book in the Book of Mormon.

Moroni, son of Mormon: Moroni was the last living descendant of the Nephite civilization and its last prophet. He survived for over twenty years after the rest of his people were destroyed. He finished his father's record and wrote the book of Moroni. He also abridged the Jaredite record and included it in the Book of Mormon as the book of Ether. He appeared to the prophet Joseph Smith and supplied him with the Nephite records, so they could be translated and published as the Book of Mormon.

Jaredite Prophets

The Brother of Jared, Mahonri Moriancumr: The Brother of Jared was a mighty prophet who led his people from the Tower of Babel to the Americas. His faith was sufficient to see Jesus Christ and move a mountain. Modern revelation finally established his name as Mahonri Moriancumr.

Ether: Ether was the last of the Jaredite prophets and the Jaredite people. His was the sad task of chronicling the fall of the Jaredite civilization. He authored the book of Ether.

Lamanite Prophets

Samuel: Known as Samuel the Lamanite, Samuel was charged with prophesying the birth of Jesus Christ to the Nephite people, as well as warning of their wickedness and eventual downfall. Although the Nephites tried to kill Samuel, they were unable to. When Jesus Christ came to the Americas, he directed that Samuel and his prophecies be recorded in the Nephite record.