While compiling this list I noticed that verses Mosiah 1:3, Mosiah 8:19 and Alma 37:4 bring out that the scriptures contain mysteries. Other verses bring out those mysteries need to be unfolded or in other words expanded but only to those who repent and keep the commandments. Another thing I noticed is that visual words are used around the word mystery.
Here is Mosiah 1:1-9 as a chiasmus. I noticed the centers of it which focuses around mysteries and commandments and I built it out more.
I have found it helpful to have a reminder of what words mean, so before the list of scriptures here is the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary definition of Mystery.
MYS’TERY, noun [Latin mysterium; Gr. a secret. This word in Greek is rendered also murium latibulum; but probably both senses are from that of hiding or shutting; Gr. to shut, to conceal.
1. A profound secret; something wholly unknown or something kept cautiously concealed, and therefore exciting curiosity or wonder; such as the mystery of the man with the iron mask in France.
2. In religion, any thing in the character or attributes of
God, or in the economy of divine providence, which is not revealed to man.
3. That which is beyond human comprehension until explained. In this sense, mystery often conveys the idea of something awfully sublime or important; something that excites wonder.
Great is the mystery of godliness. 1 Timothy 3:9.
Having made known to us the mystery of his will. Ephesians 1:9.
We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery 1 Corinthians 2:7.
4. An enigma; any thing artfully made difficult.
5. A kind of ancient dramatic representation.
6. A trade; a calling; any mechanical occupation which supposes skill or knowledge peculiar to those who carry it on, and therefore a secret to others.
[The word in the latter sense has been supposed to have a different origin from the foregoing, viz.]
1 Nephi 1:1 I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the MYSTERIES of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.
1 Nephi 2:16 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being large in stature, and also HAVING GREAT DESIRES to KNOW of the MYSTERIES of GOD, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers.
1 Nephi 10:19 For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the MYSTERIES of God shall be UNFOLDED unto them, by the POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round.
Jacob 4:8 Behold, great and marvelous are the WORKS of the Lord. How unsearchable are the depths of the MYSTERIES of him; and it is impossible that man should find out all his WAYS. And no man knoweth of his WAYS save it be revealed unto him; wherefore, brethren, despise not the revelations of God.
Jacob 4:18 Behold, my beloved brethren, I will UNFOLD this MYSTERY unto you; if I do not, by any means, get shaken from my firmness in the Spirit, and stumble because of my over anxiety for you.
Mosiah 1:3 And he also taught them concerning the records which were engraven on the plates of brass, saying: My sons, I would that ye should remember that were it not for these plates, which CONTAIN these records and these COMMANDMENTS, we must have suffered in ignorance, even at this present time, not knowing the MYSTERIES of God.
Mosiah 1:5 I say unto you, my sons, were it not for these things, which have been kept and preserved by the hand of God, that we might READ and UNDERSTAND of his MYSTERIES, and have his COMMANDMENTS always before our EYES, that even our fathers would have dwindled in unbelief, and we should have been like unto our brethren, the Lamanites, who know nothing concerning these things, or even do not believe them when they are taught them, because of the traditions of their fathers, which are not correct.
Mosiah 2:9 And these are the words which he spake and caused to be written, saying: My brethren, all ye that have assembled yourselves together, you that can hear my words which I shall speak unto you this day; for I have not commanded you to come up hither to trifle with the words which I shall speak, but that you should hearken unto me, and open your ears that ye may hear, and your hearts that ye may understand, and your minds that the MYSTERIES of God may be UNFOLDED to your VIEW.
Mosiah 8:19 And now, when Ammon had made an end of speaking these words the king rejoiced exceedingly, and gave thanks to God, saying: Doubtless a great MYSTERY is CONTAINED WITHIN THESE PLATES, and these interpreters were doubtless prepared for the purpose of unfolding all such mysteries to the children of men.
Alma 10:5 Nevertheless, after all this, I never have known much of the WAYS of the Lord, and his MYSTERIES and marvelous power. I said I never had known much of these things; but behold, I mistake, for I have SEEN much of his MYSTERIES and his marvelous power; yea, even in the preservation of the lives of this people.
9 And now Alma began to expound these things unto him, saying: It is given unto many to KNOW the MYSTERIES of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, ACCORDING TO THE HEED AND DILIGENCE which they give unto him.
10 And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the LESSER PORTION OF THE WORD; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the GREATER PORTION OF THE WORD, until it is given unto him to know the MYSTERIES of God until he know them in full.
11 And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the LESSER PORTION OF THE WORD until they KNOW nothing concerning his MYSTERIES; and then they are taken CAPTIVE BY THE DEVIL, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.
Alma 26:22 Yea, he that REPENTETH and EXERCISETH FAITH, and bringeth forth GOOD WORKS, and PRAYETH continually without ceasing—unto such it is given to know the MYSTERIES of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed; yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance, even as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance.
Alma 30:28 Yea, they durst not make use of that which is their own lest they should offend their priests, who do yoke them according to their desires, and have brought them to believe, by their traditions and their dreams and their whims and their visions and their pretended MYSTERIES, that they should, if they did not do according to their words, offend some unknown being, who they say is God—a being who never has been seen or known, who never was nor ever will be.
Alma 37:4 Behold, it has been prophesied by our fathers, that they should be kept and handed down from one generation to another, and be kept and preserved by the hand of the Lord until they should go forth unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, that they shall know of the MYSTERIES CONTAINED thereon.
Alma 37:11 Now these MYSTERIES are not yet fully made known unto me; therefore I shall forbear.
Alma 37:21 And now, I will speak unto you concerning those twenty-four plates, that ye keep them, that the MYSTERIES and the works of darkness, and their secret works, or the secret works of those people who have been destroyed, may be made manifest unto this people; yea, all their murders, and robbings, and their plunderings, and all their wickedness and abominations, may be made manifest unto this people; yea, and that ye preserve these interpreters.
Alma 40:3 Behold, he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead. But behold, my son, the resurrection is not yet. Now, I UNFOLD unto you a MYSTERY; nevertheless, there are many MYSTERIES which are kept, that no one knoweth them save God himself. But I show unto you one thing which I have inquired diligently of God that I might know—that is concerning the resurrection.
Helaman 16:21 And they will, by the cunning and the MYSTERIOUS ARTS of the evil one, work some great MYSTERY which we cannot understand, which will keep us down to be servants to their words, and also servants unto them, for we depend upon them to teach us the word; and thus will they keep us in ignorance if we will yield ourselves unto them, all the days of our lives.