People in the Book of Mormon, Ranked

You know what is a pretty good book of scripture? The Book of Mormon. It has some great gospel teachings in it. You know what else it has in it? People–lots of them! Some people in the Book of Mormon are really important, and some people are sort of forgettable. You’ve probably wondered who is the most important, and Steve and I sought revelation on this very matter.

As always, these rankings are authoritative.

  1. Lehonti, Lamanite officer and pretty much a loser
  2. Kimnor, early Jaredite
  3. Gilead, Jaredite military commander
  4. Esrom, early Jaredite and son of Omer
  5. Corom, middle Jaredite king, son of Levi
  6. Helorum, son of King Benjamin
  7. Corihor (another one), late Jaredite, not to be confused with Korihor
  8. Pagag, son of Brother of Jared AKA “Nephew of Jared”
  9. Corihor, son of Kib, early Jaredite
  10. Lib, late Jaredite king
  11. Manti, Nephite soldier
  12. Shiblom (also Shiblon), late Jaredite king and son of Com
  13. Com, late Jaredite king, first name was Dot
  14. Kish, Jaredite king and son of Corom
  15. Amos, son of Amos, Nephite record keeper
  16. Morianton, Jaredite king and son of Riplakish
  17. Ishmael, grandfather of Amulek
  18. Ethem, later Jaredite king and son of Ahah
  19. Mahah, son of Jared
  20. Com, early Jaredite king, son of Coriantum
  21. Riplakish, Jaredite king and son of Shez
  22. Nimrah, son of Akish, Jaredite
  23. Heth, early Jaredite and son of Com
  24. Kib, early Jaredite king
  25. Kim, Jaredite king and son of Morianton
  26. Levi, middle Jaredite king and son of Kim
  27. Coriantumr, early Jaredite, son of Omer
  28. Heth, middle Jaredite and son of Hearthom
  29. Jor-el, dad to Kal-el
  30. Jacom, son of Jared, early Jaredite
  31. Shule, early Jaredite king
  32. Hearthom, middle Jaredite king and son of Lib
  33. Mormon, father of Mormon
  34. Amgid, a Jaredite king
  35. Gilgah, early Jaredite
  36. Omer, early Jaredite king and son of Shule
  37. Jeneum, Nephite commander
  38. Emer, Third Marshal of the Riddermark and Captain of the Rohirrim
  39. Hem, brother of Ammon
  40. Limher, Nephite soldier
  41. Lib, middle Jaredite king and son of Kish
  42. Gidgiddonah, deceased Nephite commander
  43. Cohor, early Jaredite king, son of Corihor and brother to Noah
  44. Amnigaddah, son of Aaron, Jaredite king
  45. Shared, Jaredite military leader
  46. Moron, grandfather of the prophet Ether; incredibly unfortunate name
  47. Ezias, prophet referenced in Helaman
  48. Cumenihah, Nephite commander
  49. Muloki, Nephite missionary
  50. Giddonah, Amulek’s father
  51. Noah, son of Corihor, early Jaredite king
  52. Aminadi, descendant of Nephi
  53. Coriantum, middle Jaredite, son of Amnigaddah
  54. Shez, son of Shez
  55. Shez, early Jaredite king and son of Heth
  56. Seth, son of Shiblom, Jaredite
  57. Ammah, Nephite missionary, companion of Aaron
  58. Aaron, descendant of Heth Jaredite king
  59. Laman, Nephite soldier, unfortunately named
  60. Cohor, late Jaredite
  61. Emron, Nephite soldier and founder of an American energy, commodities and services company
  62. Limhah, Nephite commander
  63. Helaman, son of King Benjamin
  64. Helem, brother of Ammon
  65. Luram, Nephite soldier, apparently a “choice” man
  66. Gid, Nephite military officer
  67. Timothy, brother of Nephi, one of twelve Nephite disciples
  68. Mathoni, one of twelve Nephite disciples
  69. Shiblom, Nephite commander
  70. Mathonihah, one of twelve Nephite disciples
  71. Gilgal, deceased Nephite commander at the battle of Cumorah
  72. Teomner, Nephite military officer
  73. Akish, son of Kimnor, Jaredite king
  74. Kumenonhi, one of twelve Nephite disciples
  75. Tubaloth, Lamanite king & son of Ammoron
  76. Laman, Lamanite king
  77. Coriantum, early Jaredite king, son of Emer
  78. Zoram, Nephite chief captain
  79. Kumen, one of twelve Nephite disciples
  80. Josh, Nephite commander
  81. Seantum, member of Gadianton band
  82. Shem, Nephite commander
  83. Jonas, one of twelve Nephite disciples
  84. Amos, son of Nephi, famous cookie maker
  85. Jeremiah, one of twelve Nephite disciples
  86. Lehi, son of Zoram, possibly same as Lehi
  87. Zemnarihah, leader of Gadianton band
  88. Isaiah, one of twelve Nephite disciples
  89. Zeram, Nephite military officer
  90. Lamah, Nephite commander
  91. Antionah, a chief ruler in Ammonihah
  92. Ahah, son of Seth, Jaredite king
  93. Neum, Hebrew prophet quoted by Nephi
  94. Paanchi, son of Pahoran, Nephite rebel
  95. Shiblon, son of Alma, Nephite missionary & record-keeper
  96. Laman, son of Laman
  97. Morianton, Nephite traitor
  98. Omner, son of Mosiah
  99. Amaleki, seeker of Zeniff’s people
  100. Shemnon, one of twelve Nephite disciples
  101. Zenos, prophet of Israel, often confused with Zenock
  102. Zenock, prophet of Israel, often confused with Zenos
  103. Helam, convert from the people of Noah
  104. Seezoram, member of Gadianton band, tenth known Nephite chief judge
  105. Amoron, a Nephite officer and spy
  106. Zedekiah, one of twelve Nephite disciples
  107. Giddonah, high priest in Gideon
  108. Nephihah, second Nephite chief judge, father of Pahoran
  109. Jacob, Nephite apostate
  110. Archeantus, Nephite soldier, another “choice” man
  111. Zenephi, Nephite commander
  112. Nephi, son of Nephi
  113. Amnor, Nephite spy in Amlicite campaign
  114. Coriantor, late Jaredite, son of Moron, father of Ether, lived in jail
  115. Jared, early Jaredite king, “Just Jared”
  116. Helaman, eldest son of Helaman – sixth Nephite chief judge
  117. Jacob, Nephite apostate
  118. Cohor, brother of Noah
  119. Cezoram, eighth Nephite chief judge
  120. Antiomno, Lamanite king of land of Middoni
  121. Antionum, Nephite commander
  122. Antipus, Nephite commander in city of Judea
  123. Aminadab, Nephite dissenter reconverted by Nephi and Lehi
  124. Mulek, son of Jewish king Zedekiah
  125. Orihah, first Jaredite king
  126. Amaron, son of Omni, Nephite record keeper
  127. Abinadom, son of Chemish, Nephite historian, and Nephite warrior
  128. Chemish, son of Omni, Nephite record keeper
  129. Omni, son of Jarom, Nephite record keeper
  130. Amaleki, Nephite record keeper
  131. Ammaron, Nephite record keeper
  132. Pachus, king of Nephite dissenters in land of Zarahemla
  133. Aaron, Lamanite king
  134. Pacumeni, fifth Nephite chief judge, killed quickly
  135. Pahoran, son of Pahoran, Nephite chief judge
  136. Sam, third son of Lehi, did literally nothing of note; portrayed by a 6 year-old Scott B.  in a primary finger-puppet play
  137. Zarahemla, descendant of Mulek, leader of Mulek’s colony
  138. Lachoneus, son of Lachoneus, twelfth known (and last) Nephite chief judge
  139. Lehi, Nephite military commander
  140. Moronihah, son of Moroni, Nephite general
  141. Ammon, leader of expedition to land of Nephi
  142. Limhi, son of Noah, third Nephite king in land of Lehi-Nephi
  143. Gidgiddoni, Nephite commander
  144. Jarom, son of Enos, Nephite record keeper
  145. Zerahemnah, Lamanite commander at Sidon battle
  146. Ishmael, an Ephraimite from Jerusalem
  147. Coriantumr, Nephite apostate, commander of Lamanite forces
  148. Ammoron, Nephite traitor, brother of Amalickiah, wus, killed by Teancum
  149. Moronihah, Nephite general who perished at the battle of Cumorah
  150. Lachoneus, eleventh known Nephite chief judge
  151. Himni, son of Mosiah
  152. Zoram, Nephite apostate
  153. Gideon, Nephite patriot
  154. Joseph, son of Lehi
  155. Corianton, son of Alma
  156. Pahoran, Nephite chief judge; chewed out by Captain Moroni
  157. Kishkumen, leader of robbers
  158. Hagoth, Nephite shipbuilder
  159. Lehi, son of Helaman, Nephite missionary
  160. Nephi, son of Helaman – seventh Nephite chief judge
  161. Aha, Nephite military officer whose chief weapon was surprise
  162. Amulon, priest of King Noah, tributary Nephite monarch of Land of Helam
  163. Sherem, an antichrist
  164. Giddianhi, chief of Gadianton robbers
  165. Amlici, Nephite dissenter
  166. Helaman, eldest son of Alma, prophet and military commander
  167. Zeezrom, Nephite lawyer, Converted by Alma and Amulek, later Nephite missionary
  168. Mosiah, Nephite prophet and king, father of King Benjamin
  169. Zeniff, Nephite king
  170. Nephi, son of Nephi, known as Nephi the Disciple
  171. Nehor, Nephite apostate, religious theorist
  172. Amalickiah, Nephite traitor & Lamanite king who got JAVELIN’D by Teancum
  173. Lamoni, Lamanite king converted by Ammon
  174. Jared, founder of Jaredites
  175. Aaron, son of Mosiah, Nephite missionary
  176. Alma, Nephite prophet
  177. Laban, custodian of the brass plates
  178. Isabel, harlot in land of Siron
  179. Ether (Book of Mormon prophet), Jaredite prophet and record keeper
  180. Mosiah, son of King Benjamin, Nephite prophet and king
  181. Amulek, son of Giddonah, Nephite missionary, companion of Alma
  182. Noah, son of Zeniff, Nephite king
  183. Samuel, Lamanite prophet
  184. Moroni, known as Captain Moroni, Nephite military commander
  185. Enos, son of Jacob, Nephite prophet and record keeper
  186. Ammon, son of Mosiah, arm-smith
  187. Jacob, son of Lehi, Nephite prophet and record keeper
  188. Coriantumr, Jaredite king, last Jaredite survivor
  189. Lemuel, second son of Lehi
  190. Sariah, wife of Lehi
  191. Alma, the Younger. Nephite prophet and first chief judge
  192. Zoram, servant of Laban
  193. Abish, Lamanite woman, servant of Lamoni’s wife
  194. Korihor, an antichrist
  195. Abinadi, Nephite prophet sent to people of Lehi-Nephi who converted Alma
  196. Gadianton, chief of Gadianton robbers
  197. Mormon, Ward Clerk
  198. Lehi, Hebrew prophet who led his followers to promised land in western hemisphere
  199. Brother of Jared, (also Mahonri Moriancumer), Jaredite prophet and the most prominent person rocksmith
  200. Moroni, son of Mormon, Nephite prophet
  201. Shiz, Jaredite military leader
  202. Benjamin, known as King Benjamin, Nephite prophet and king
  203. Laman, eldest son of Lehi
  204. Nephi, son of Lehi
  205. Teancum, Defender of the Family

Comments

  1. kellywsmith says:

    You forgot the most import one: Jesus Christ.

  2. You got this list from a test and test key written by my Book of Mormon 2 instructor at BYU, right? Closed book, of course. Worst class ever.

  3. Kellywsmith, pretty smart! How could we have missed it?!

  4. I see no plausible rationale for ranking Korihor, a penny-antichrist at best, ahead of Nehor, who launched a coherent and long-lasting schismatic movement.

  5. Nameless today. says:

    Only three women? What about the stripling warrior’s moms? No name, no count?

  6. Matt W. says:

    Did you steal this list from Chris Heimerdinger?

  7. Mike, did he invent Grape Nehor, the drink that Radar O’Reilly really loves?

  8. Can’t rank nameless people. Obviously if they really valued their moms they would have mentioned their names.

  9. Wow.

    You actually listed 200 instead of “one-two-skip-a-few-199-200.”

    You deserve a commendation.

  10. Admit it, you just put all those names in a randomizer, moved the very few women towards the front, and then put “I, Nephi” as number 1. And then you put Teancum at the very front because you thought he was awesome.

  11. Steve, no, that was his cousin, Phil Nehor. He lived out in the suburbs.

  12. Angela C says:

    That was longer than the credits in the latest X-Men movie.

  13. Eponymous says:

    So Supernan was referenced in the Book of Mormon? Just goes to prove that all lasting stories have their foundation in the scriptures.

  14. Wife of Nephi. Must have been a Saint to put up with (cough, cough).

  15. Nameless today. says:

    We went to do baptisms for the dead once and my son, then about 31, was going to baptize me. The ordinance worker was not sure of the relationship, we are only 19 years apart and I still looked pretty good, so he asked my son if he knew what to call me. My son, with a grin, said yes, I call her Mom. So yes, they did have names, Mom. (I’m just giving you a bad time, Steve, these rankings are meant to be fun, and so they are.)

  16. Scott B. says:

    Because our rankings come directly from Heaven, the omission pointed out in the first comment was likely just some intentional modesty on the part of The Main Character.

  17. larryco_ says:

    “What about the stripling warrior’s moms? No name, no count?”

    Sidebar: This past Mother’s Day I pointed out in sacrament meeting that one possible reason that the BOM twice mentions moms (as opposed to “parents”) as providing the instruction for the strippling warriors might have been because many of these young men were probably raised by single mommys. We know that when the Anti-Nephi-Lehi’s (Lamanite converts taught by Ammon) took their vow of pacifism, the BOM records the mass genocide of over a thousand of these men. The group of 2,000 young men, who became known as the Army of Helaman, were the sons of these slaughtered men, as well as the sons of the surviving converts who were ready to renounce their vows before the boys stepped up to bat.

  18. larryco_ says:

    Oh, and my choice for a name missing from the top 200: Quetzacoatl.

  19. Richard Emer McDermott says:

    Emer was one the few people in the Book of Mormon who saw Christ. Based on that I would vote for a higher ranking.

  20. Michael says:

    You’ve also left out Mary. This list does not please and sparkle, sunshine. Must be a conspiracy to get cute shoes.

  21. anitawells says:

    Fun list! But if you’d read your Chris Heimerdinger recently, you’d give Pagag (#198) a much-higher ranking since he’s a time-traveling guy who falls in love with a modern woman.

  22. Lots of people saw Christ! Thousands!

  23. You forgot Jim Hawkins. He would be number 49.

  24. eponymous says:

    You missed the opportunity with Shiblon as the equivalent of kids today named: 50 Cent. Imagine the parents who decided to name their triplets: Shiblon, Shiblum and their daughter Leah.

  25. Sidebottom says:

    Hagoth was robbed.

  26. Scott B. says:

    The number of people claiming firsthand knowledge of what Chris Heimerdinger wrote is scary!

  27. # 45 Aha, Knock knock, “No one ever expects the Chief Nephite Military Officer…”

  28. They’re still talking about #70 in hushed tones in the halls of the Relief Society Building.

  29. I never thought of this before, but why is Captain Moroni called “Captain”? Is it a military rank? If so, why not “General” or “Field Marshall” or something? “Captain” is pretty low on the totem-pole (assuming Joseph Smith transliterated–if the gold plates actually used the word “Captain”, then obviously this is a moot point.)

    Or perhaps they meant “captain” as in captain of a ship?

    Anyone know?

  30. Villate says:

    The Nephites and Lamanites don’t seem to have had a concept of “General” as in a ranking officer. According to Alma 2:13, the Nephites had “captains,” “higher captains,” and “chief captains.” Mormon uses the same terms “captains” and “chief captains” to refer to Lamanite soldiers as well, but maybe they had a different system, who knows? For what it’s worth, Moroni is not referred to in the Book of Mormon as “Captain Moroni,” he is only named as a “chief captain.” There are a whole bunch of other “chief captains” too, including some (like Lehi) that Moroni appoints. But it does seem from Alma 43 that Moroni was considered the chief of the chiefs.

  31. There is no way that Shiz doesn’t make #1. The man rose up and gasped for breath after being decapitated for pete’s sake. That’s pure Hollywood! He was the shiz.

  32. I’m still trying to figure out what the harlot Isabel did to pass up Mosiah, Alma, and Lamoni. Did she have any other accomplishments in her later (post-harlot) days that I don’t know about? A peace prize or something?

  33. Villate–Thanks! I still would have translated it “Field Marshal”, but then, I’m no Joseph Smith.

  34. So. Many. Guys. in that book.

  35. If you are really claiming revelation for this ranking, you should have presented this to the School of the Prophets before sending it out.