Sunday School lessons for Gospel Doctrine Class

Saturday, April 18, 2020

“Filled with Love towards God and All Men”



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As we continue to live in a time of crisis, that seems may go on for some time, its important that we develop spiritually, either gaining or increasing on what we already have. A gospel background with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can carry us through the hardships, particularly at this time.

I think I is important to remember, that we were chosen to be here at this time, this is our time, to prepare, to be worthy, to serve, and to live a life pleasing to God. In doing our best to accomplish these things, particularly during this historic pandemic era, we turn to again to the Book of Mormon for principles and guidance for our efforts. This week we begin Mosiah 1–3 which will help teach us, how to receive the word of God, which we greatly need. How to serve, which is greatly needed by others. How keeping the commandments, brings happiness, which we all desire and how to gain salvation which is the gift everyone wants to depend upon. And who better to teach us than the righteous King Benjamin, from these chapters.

History and Background
For many years, the people of Zarahemla, who became known as Nephites, were led by a righteous king named Benjamin. With the assistance of the holy prophets who were among his people, King Benjamin labored “with all the might of his body and the faculty of his whole soul” to “establish peace in the land. Near the end of his life, Benjamin called the people together at the temple. During this assembly, he reported on his reign as king, appointed his son Mosiah to succeed him, taught concerning Christ’s gospel and Atonement, and exhorted the Nephites to take upon themselves the name of Jesus Christ. King Benjamin’s address discussed in these chapters demonstrates the ideals he espoused, being: willingness to serve others, gratitude for divine providence, and dependence upon the Savior. We can grow in humility and strengthen our covenant relationship with God by living according to the principles King Benjamin taught. As King Benjamin grew old, he instructed his son Mosiah to call the people together. He said that in his final sermon, he would appoint a new king. He would also give the people “a name that never [would] be blotted out, except it be through transgression” (Mosiah 1:12). Early in his sermon, King Benjamin proclaimed that his son Mosiah would be king over the people. Throughout the sermon, he bore witness of the Savior, preparing the people to receive the name he would give them.

To gain a better understanding of the people and time of the Book of Mormon, particularly in these chapters and those to come, It may be helpful to compare the length of books in the Book of Mormon and the time periods they covered, Following is a chart of the books and time periods.

Who wrote the Book of Mosiah? 
Mormon compiled and abridged the records of several other writers to create the book of Mosiah. The book is named for Mosiah, who was a son of King Benjamin. Mosiah was a prophet, seer, revelator, and king who ruled in Zarahemla from approximately 124 BC to 91 BC. He was named after his grandfather Mosiah, who was also a king of Zarahemla Omni 1:12–13, 19

Mormon drew from a number of records to compile the book of Mosiah. He abridged and quoted from the record kept by Mosiah on the large plates of Nephi, which detailed the history of the Nephites in the land of Zarahemla Mosiah 1–7; 25–29. He also drew from the record of Zeniff, which recounts the history of Zeniff’s people from the time they left Zarahemla until they returned Mosiah 7–22  As well, Mormon quoted from and abridged portions of the writings of Alma, who preserved the words of Abinadi and kept a record of his own people Mosiah 17:4; 18; 23–24

The original records used as sources for the book of Mosiah were likely written between 200 BC and 91 BC. Mormon abridged those records sometime between AD 345 and AD 385. Mormon did not record where he was when he compiled this book.

Mosiah is the first book in the Book of Mormon that is an abridgment from the large plates of Nephi. It provides teachings concerning the abilities of a seer.  The book of Mosiah is unique in its narration of the experiences and journeys of separate groups of Nephites including those in the land of Zarahemla; those who were ruled by Zeniff, Noah, and Limhi in the land of Nephi; and those who escaped from the land of Nephi with Alma.  as well as Alma with the Nephites in the land of Zarahemla.  It also provides details about the administration of the Church of Jesus Christ throughout the land of Zarahemla and finally, the book of Mosiah introduces the reign of the judges.  

Part 1: Mosiah 2:1–9 Receiving the word of God requires preparation
I am sure, that due to our current circumstances in the world today, we have thought much about the differences in being prepared and not being prepared.  For example many have followed the council of latter-day prophets and built some kind of food storage whether it be just a 72 hour kit or a full year.  By doing so, when we were hit with shelter in place orders and pandemic empty stores, many were prepared.  It works the same when each of us want to receive God's word.  If we are not prepared, we cannot hear, we cannot receive.

1 And it came to pass that after Mosiah had done as his father had commanded him, and had made a proclamation throughout all the land, that the people gathered themselves together throughout all the land, that they might go up to the temple to hear the words which king Benjamin should speak unto them.
2 And there were a great number, even so many that they did not number them; for they had multiplied exceedingly and waxed great in the land.
3 And they also took of the firstlings of their flocks, that they might offer sacrifice and burnt offerings according to the law of Moses;
4 And also that they might give thanks to the Lord their God, who had brought them out of the land of Jerusalem, and who had delivered them out of the hands of their enemies, and had appointed just men to be their teachers, and also a just man to be their king, who had established peace in the land of Zarahemla, and who had taught them to keep the commandments of God, that they might rejoice and be filled with love towards God and all men.
5 And it came to pass that when they came up to the temple, they pitched their tents round about, every man according to his family, consisting of his wife, and his sons, and his daughters, and their sons, and their daughters, from the eldest down to the youngest, every family being separate one from another.
6 And they pitched their tents round about the temple, every man having his tent with the door thereof towards the temple, that thereby they might remain in their tents and hear the words which king Benjamin should speak unto them;
7 For the multitude being so great that king Benjamin could not teach them all within the walls of the temple, therefore he caused a tower to be erected, that thereby his people might hear the words which he should speak unto them.
8 And it came to pass that he began to speak to his people from the tower; and they could not all hear his words because of the greatness of the multitude; therefore he caused that the words which he spake should be written and sent forth among those that were not under the sound of his voice, that they might also receive his words.
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.


How did King Benjamin feel about God's word and the need to share it?  As King Benjamin approached the end of his life, he desired to deliver one last sermon to his people. In his sermon he told of his ministry among the people, emphasizing that we serve God when we serve others. He also testified of the happy state of those who keep God’s commandments.

King Benjamin began teaching his people and directed that his words be written down for the benefit of those who could not hear him speak. Mosiah 2:7–8
 
7 For the multitude being so great that king Benjamin could not teach them all within the walls of the temple, therefore he caused a tower to be erected, that thereby his people might hear the words which he should speak unto them.
8 And it came to pass that he began to speak to his people from the tower; and they could not all hear his words because of the greatness of the multitude; therefore he caused that the words which he spake should be written and sent forth among those that were not under the sound of his voice, that they might also receive his words.

What did the people do to prepare themselves to hear the God's words delivered to them by King Benjamin?


What did King Benjamin believe would happen if the people opened their ears, hearts, and minds to his message? 
Mosiah 2:9

What principle can we learn from verse 9?  If we open our ears, hearts, and minds to the teachings of God’s servants, we can be blessed with understanding and personal revelation.

How can we open our ears, hearts, and minds to those who are called to teach us?

What is something you have learned because you opened your ears, heart, and mind to God’s servants? 

Ultimately what can we learn from these verses that can help us receive the word of God?

How has this understanding blessed your life?


The major purpose for King Benjamin to gather his people together was to give them a name. He wanted to lift them spiritually. He and many other holy prophets had spent years preaching to the people and preparing them to be spiritually ready to take upon them the name of Christ Words of Mormon 1:5–18. Throughout his address, King Benjamin spoke of how to worthily accept the name he desired to give them. Then, in Mosiah 5:8–11, he clearly identified the name as being that of Jesus Christ.

Part 2: Mosiah 2:10–26 When we serve others, we are also serving God

As we continue in our reading we see that King Benjamin was an exemplary servant to God and to those around him.

10 I have not commanded you to come up hither that ye should fear me, or that ye should think that I of myself am more than a mortal man.
11 But I am like as yourselves, subject to all manner of infirmities in body and mind; yet I have been chosen by this people, and consecrated by my father, and was suffered by the hand of the Lord that I should be a ruler and a king over this people; and have been kept and preserved by his matchless power, to serve you with all the might, mind and strength which the Lord hath granted unto me.
12 I say unto you that as I have been suffered to spend my days in your service, even up to this time, and have not sought gold nor silver nor any manner of riches of you;
13 Neither have I suffered that ye should be confined in dungeons, nor that ye should make slaves one of another, nor that ye should murder, or plunder, or steal, or commit adultery; nor even have I suffered that ye should commit any manner of wickedness, and have taught you that ye should keep the commandments of the Lord, in all things which he hath commanded you—
14 And even I, myself, have labored with mine own hands that I might serve you, and that ye should not be laden with taxes, and that there should nothing come upon you which was grievous to be borne—and of all these things which I have spoken, ye yourselves are witnesses this day.
15 Yet, my brethren, I have not done these things that I might boast, neither do I tell these things that thereby I might accuse you; but I tell you these things that ye may know that I can answer a clear conscience before God this day.
16 Behold, I say unto you that because I said unto you that I had spent my days in your service, I do not desire to boast, for I have only been in the service of God.
17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.
18 Behold, ye have called me your king; and if I, whom ye call your king, do labor to serve you, then ought not ye to labor to serve one another?
19 And behold also, if I, whom ye call your king, who has spent his days in your service, and yet has been in the service of God, do merit any thanks from you, O how you ought to thank your heavenly King!
20 I say unto you, my brethren, that if you should render all the thanks and praise which your whole soul has power to possess, to that God who has created you, and has kept and preserved you, and has caused that ye should rejoice, and has granted that ye should live in peace one with another—
21 I say unto you that if ye should serve him who has created you from the beginning, and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your own will, and even supporting you from one moment to another—I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants.
22 And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.
23 And now, in the first place, he hath created you, and granted unto you your lives, for which ye are indebted unto him.
24 And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?
25 And now I ask, can ye say aught of yourselves? I answer you, Nay. Ye cannot say that ye are even as much as the dust of the earth; yet ye were created of the dust of the earth; but behold, it belongeth to him who created you.
26 And I, even I, whom ye call your king, am no better than ye yourselves are; for I am also of the dust. And ye behold that I am old, and am about to yield up this mortal frame to its mother earth.


King Benjamin told his people that he had served them and worked to provide for himself temporally so they would not have to support him, and that he had taught them to keep the commandments of God.

What principle did King Benjamin teach about service? When we serve others, we serve God. 

In what ways do we serve God when we serve other people?  Many times we are answers to someone's prayers.

How does it help you to know that when you serve others, you are also serving God?  I know that personally as I have been served by others I have felt the spirit and know that God sent them to me in answer to my prayers.  It is a great blessing and honor to know that I too can bring the spirit and serve in the same way.

What can we learn from King Benjamin to help us in our efforts to serve others?

President Henry B. Eyring taught: “When we offer succor to anyone, the Savior feels it as if we reached out to succor Him” (“Is Not This the Fast That I Have Chosen?” Ensign, May 2015, 22). 

Why do you think we are serving God when we serve other people?

What can individuals and families do to focus on service in their daily lives?

President Thomas S. Monson said:

“A few years ago I read an article written by Jack McConnell, MD. He grew up in the hills of southwest Virginia in the United States as one of seven children of a Methodist minister and a stay-at-home mother. Their circumstances were very humble. He recounted that during his childhood, every day as the family sat around the dinner table, his father would ask each one in turn, ‘And what did you do for someone today?’ The children were determined to do a good turn every day so they could report to their father that they had helped someone. Dr. McConnell calls this exercise his father’s most valuable legacy, for that expectation and those words inspired him and his siblings to help others throughout their lives. As they grew and matured, their motivation for providing service changed to an inner desire to help others.

“Besides Dr. McConnell’s distinguished medical career … he created an organization he calls Volunteers in Medicine, which gives retired medical personnel a chance to volunteer at free clinics serving the working uninsured. Dr. McConnell said his leisure time since he retired has ‘evaporated into 60-hour weeks of unpaid work, but [his] energy level has increased and there is a satisfaction in [his] life that wasn’t there before.’ [Jack McConnell, “And What Did You Do for Someone Today?” Newsweek, June 18, 2001, 13.] …

“Of course, we can’t all be Dr. McConnells, establishing medical clinics to help the poor; however, the needs of others are ever present, and each of us can do something to help someone. …
“My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness—be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us. … May we ask ourselves the question which greeted Dr. Jack McConnell and his brothers and sisters each evening at dinnertime: ‘What have I done for someone today?’” (“What Have I Done for Someone Today?” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 84–87).

Part 3: Mosiah 2:38–41 Happiness comes from keeping the commandments of God
We are taught in the following verses “consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God,” 

38 Therefore if that man repenteth not, and remaineth and dieth an enemy to God, the demands of divine justice do awaken his immortal soul to a lively sense of his own guilt, which doth cause him to shrink from the presence of the Lord, and doth fill his breast with guilt, and pain, and anguish, which is like an unquenchable fire, whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever.
39 And now I say unto you, that mercy hath no claim on that man; therefore his final doom is to endure a never-ending torment.
40 O, all ye old men, and also ye young men, and you little children who can understand my words, for I have spoken plainly unto you that ye might understand, I pray that ye should awake to a remembrance of the awful situation of those that have fallen into transgression.
41 And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

The definition of happiness from Webestar's Dictionary is:  a state of well-being and contentment : joy; a pleasurable or satisfying experience.  

Could we use this definition to describe the happiness that comes from obedience to God

What warnings did King Benjamin give his people?  Mosiah 2:36  If we choose to disobey the Lord’s teachings, we withdraw ourselves from His Spirit.

36 And now, I say unto you, my brethren, that after ye have known and have been taught all these things, if ye should transgress and go contrary to that which has been spoken, that ye do withdraw yourselves from the Spirit of the Lord, that it may have no place in you to guide you in wisdom’s paths that ye may be blessed, prospered, and preserved

Imagine you have a friend who says that he or she is happy without keeping the commandments. How could you help?  Mosiah 2:38–41 

How could you help your friend understand the difference between worldly happiness and eternal happiness?  

How might we know if we are beginning to withdraw from the Spirit?

Why is it important to recognize this early and return to the Lord by obeying His commandments?

Elder David Bednar taught: “We should … endeavor to discern when we ‘withdraw [ourselves] from the Spirit of the Lord, that it may have no place in [us] to guide [us] in wisdom’s paths that [we] may be blessed, prospered, and preserved’ (Mosiah 2:36). …

“… If something we think, see, hear, or do distances us from the Holy Ghost, then we should stop thinking, seeing, hearing, or doing that thing. If that which is intended to entertain, for example, alienates us from the Holy Spirit, then certainly that type of entertainment is not for us. Because the Spirit cannot abide that which is vulgar, crude, or immodest, then clearly such things are not for us. Because we estrange the Spirit of the Lord when we engage in activities we know we should shun, then such things definitely are not for us” (David A. Bednar, “That We May Always Have His Spirit to Be with Us,” Ensign, May 2006, 30).

What did King Benjamin want his people, and now us, to consider and remember? If we keep the commandments, we will receive temporal and spiritual blessings in this life and eventually live with Heavenly Father in a state of never-ending happiness.  

**Point to Ponder:  In a warning about the consequences of rebelling against God, King Benjamin used the phrases “everlasting punishment” Mosiah 2:33, “unquenchable fire” Mosiah 2:38 and “never-ending torment” Mosiah 2:39 To gain a better understanding of these terms, see the Lord’s words in Doctrine and Covenants 19:6–12.

Part 4: Salvation comes only “through the name of Christ, the Lord.” Mosiah 3:1–20

Continuing his address to his people, King Benjamin conveyed the words an angel had spoken to him concerning the ministry and Atonement of Jesus Christ. King Benjamin testified that through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance, those who have sinned can still receive salvation. He also taught that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, an individual who yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit “putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint” (Mosiah 3:19). King Benjamin’s message includes powerful and descriptive prophecies about the birth, ministry, and atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

1 And again my brethren, I would call your attention, for I have somewhat more to speak unto you; for behold, I have things to tell you concerning that which is to come.
2 And the things which I shall tell you are made known unto me by an angel from God. And he said unto me: Awake; and I awoke, and behold he stood before me.
3 And he said unto me: Awake, and hear the words which I shall tell thee; for behold, I am come to declare unto you the glad tidings of great joy.
4 For the Lord hath heard thy prayers, and hath judged of thy righteousness, and hath sent me to declare unto thee that thou mayest rejoice; and that thou mayest declare unto thy people, that they may also be filled with joy.
5 For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases.
6 And he shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell in the hearts of the children of men.
7 And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.
8 And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.
9 And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name; and even after all this they shall consider him a man, and say that he hath a devil, and shall scourge him, and shall crucify him.
10 And he shall rise the third day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to judge the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men.
11 For behold, and also his blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the transgression of Adam, who have died not knowing the will of God concerning them, or who have ignorantly sinned.
12 But wo, wo unto him who knoweth that he rebelleth against God! For salvation cometh to none such except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.
13 And the Lord God hath sent his holy prophets among all the children of men, to declare these things to every kindred, nation, and tongue, that thereby whosoever should believe that Christ should come, the same might receive remission of their sins, and rejoice with exceedingly great joy, even as though he had already come among them.
14 Yet the Lord God saw that his people were a stiffnecked people, and he appointed unto them a law, even the law of Moses.
15 And many signs, and wonders, and types, and shadows showed he unto them, concerning his coming; and also holy prophets spake unto them concerning his coming; and yet they hardened their hearts, and understood not that the law of Moses availeth nothing except it were through the atonement of his blood.
16 And even if it were possible that little children could sin they could not be saved; but I say unto you they are blessed; for behold, as in Adam, or by nature, they fall, even so the blood of Christ atoneth for their sins.
17 And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.
18 For behold he judgeth, and his judgment is just; and the infant perisheth not that dieth in his infancy; but men drink damnation to their own souls except they humble themselves and become as little children, and believe that salvation was, and is, and is to come, in and through the atoning blood of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.
19 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.
20 And moreover, I say unto you, that the time shall come when the knowledge of a Savior shall spread throughout every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.

According to verses 3 and 4, why did the angel visit King Benjamin?  To declare tidings of joy and to tell King Benjamin and his people that they could rejoice and be filled with joy

What does Mosiah 3:7 help you understand about the Savior’s mission?  As part of His Atonement, Jesus Christ suffered more than man can suffer.

What do you think it means that Jesus Christ suffered “more than man can suffer, except it be unto death” (verse 7)? The suffering Jesus Christ endured during His Atonement would have killed any other person.

“Christ’s agony in the garden is unfathomable by the finite mind, both as to intensity and cause. … He struggled and groaned under a burden such as no other being who has lived on earth might even conceive as possible. It was not physical pain, nor mental anguish alone, that caused Him to suffer such torture as to produce an extrusion of blood from every pore; but a spiritual agony of soul such as only God was capable of experiencing. … In that hour of anguish Christ met and overcame all the horrors that Satan, ‘the prince of this world’ [John 14:30] could inflict. …
“In some manner, actual and terribly real though to man incomprehensible, the Savior took upon Himself the burden of the sins of mankind from Adam to the end of the world” (James E. Talmage, Jesus the Christ, 3rd ed. [1916], 613)


 What truths do we learn about the plan of salvation from the above verses? Mosiah 3:1–20

What do we learn about how Jesus Christ makes the plan of salvation possible?  

What we must do to become saints and receive salvation?   Mosiah 3:18–19

How does the Atonement of Jesus Christ help us accomplish this? Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can overcome the natural man as we yield to the enticings of the Holy Spirit and become as a little child.

What are your feelings about the Savior’s role in the plan of salvation?


“None of us can ever adequately appreciate in mortality the full beneficial consequences of the Atonement.

“There is an imperative need for each of us to strengthen our understanding of the significance of the Atonement of Jesus Christ so that it will become an unshakable foundation upon which to build our lives. As the world becomes more devoid of foundational standards and as honor, virtue, and purity are increasingly cast aside in the pursuit of appetite, our understanding of and faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ will provide strength and capacity needed for a successful life. It will also bring confidence in times of trial and peace in moments of turmoil.

“I energetically encourage you to establish a personal study plan to better understand and appreciate the incomparable, eternal, infinite consequences of Jesus Christ’s perfect fulfillment of His divinely appointed calling as our Savior and Redeemer. Profound personal pondering of the scriptures accompanied by searching, heartfelt prayer will fortify your understanding of and appreciation for His priceless Atonement. Another powerful way to learn of Jesus Christ and His Atonement is through consistent temple attendance”
(Richard G. Scott, “He Lives! All Glory to His Name!” Ensign or Liahona, May 2010, 77).
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained the link between the sacrament and our efforts to become “ Sacrament meeting is the most sacred and holy of all the meetings in the Church. After His Resurrection, the Savior instituted the sacrament among the Nephites [see 3 Nephi 18:1–11]. If we are to be His disciples and to be committed members of His Church, we must remember and reverence the sacrament. It allows each of us to express with broken hearts and contrite spirits our willingness to follow the Savior, to repent, and to become a Saint through the Atonement of Christ [see Mosiah 3:19] (Quentin L. Cook, “We Follow Jesus Christ,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2010, 84).
 
**Point to Ponder:  The introduction to the Book of Mormon teaches that the book “outlines the plan of salvation.” 

The crowning event recorded in the Book of Mormon is the personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Nephites soon after His resurrection. It puts forth the doctrines of the gospel, outlines the plan of salvation, and tells men what they must do to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come.

As we see King Benjamin’s sermon accomplishes this purpose of the Book of Mormon, teaching us that Jesus Christ Makes Salvation Possible.

Conclusion
With the assistance of the holy prophets who were among his people, King Benjamin labored “with all the might of his body and the faculty of his whole soul” to “establish peace in the land” In doing so he not only teaches his people, but he teaches us that a willingness to serve others, gratitude for divine providence, and dependence upon the Savior helps us to grow in humility and strengthen our covenant relationship with God by living according to His principles. I am personally and prayerfully grateful for the devotion and strength of King Benjamin. His teachings are vital to us today and it is my prayers we will be prepared to read, hear and understand his message. 

Resources
Book of Mormon Student Manual
Ensign
Conference Reports
Jesus the Christ James E Talmadge
Book of Mormon Introduction
Webstar's online Dictionary

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