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- XVI -
King Benjamin

One Week of Studies

The book of Mosiah contains a record that was kept by King Benjamin, then later by his son, Mosiah. This book was abridged by Mormon, so that it sounds like Mormon telling these stories.

  1. Recite 2 Nephi 32:8-9.
    Read Mosiah 1.
    • Notice the date. Put King Benjamin on the timeline.
    • Verses 3-7: Because the Nephites had scriptures that they studied, believed, and obeyed, they were righteous and blessed. The Lamanites didnít study scriptures. How did the Nephites and Lamanites differ? How can your life be affected by scripture study?

  2. Recite Jacob 2:18-19.
    Read Mosiah 2:1-18.
    • Verse 4: What did the people do that they might be filled with love toward God and all men?
    • Verse 6: They put the door of their tents toward the temple so that they could hear Godís words. We should turn our hearts toward the temple so that we will do what the Lord wants us to do.
    • Verse 7 & 8: King Benjamin used all the technology available to him to preach to the people. He had a tower built and the words written. Today the prophets have buildings built and words written, but they also use radio, TV, and the Internet.
    • Verse 9: When you trifle with something, you treat it like a small thing. The words which King Benjamin are about to speak should be taken very seriously.
    • Verses 12-14: King Benjamin was a good king. Wouldnít it be nice if we didnít have so many taxes?
    • Verse 17: Mark, copy and memorize this verse. Write what it means to you.

  3. Recite Mosiah 2:17.
    Read Mosiah 2:19-41.
    • Verse 21: Heavenly Father has done so much for us that we could never repay him, no matter how hard we try.
    • Verse 22: What does Heavenly Father want us to do?
    • Verse 24: Do you ever boast?
    • Verse 28: If King Benjamin did not teach his people to choose the right, he would have been accountable for their sins.
    • Verse 32: When you are contentious, you are obeying the evil spirit.
    • Verses 36 & 37: If you know what is right and what is wrong and you choose the wrong, you are in open rebellion against God and an enemy to all righteousness.
    • Verse 41: Doesnít neverending happiness sound nice? How can you get it?

  4. Recite Mosiah 2:17.
    Read Mosiah 3:1-11.
    • These verses will show that, not only was King Benjamin their political leader, but he was also their prophet.
    • Verse 3: Does this sound like Christmas? Read on.

  5. Recite Mosiah 2:17.
    Read Mosiah 3:12-27.
    • Verse 19: Mark, copy, and memorize this verse. What is the natural man? Watch "Becoming Children of Christ" on the Book of Mormon video. Write what this verse means to you.

  6. Recite Mosiah 3:19.
    Read Mosiah 4:1-15.
    • Verse 5: Were they really worthless? They might have felt that way because they had sinned. The sense of nothingness and worthlessness they felt was how they expressed their humility and their readiness to repent.
    • Verse 11: Do you call on the name of the Lord daily?
    • Verse 14: When you fight and quarrel, you are serving the devil.

  7. Recite Mosiah 3:19.
    Read Mosiah 4:16-30.
    • Verse 16: Succor means to help. What does it mean that "the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain"?
    • Verses 17 & 18: Heavenly Father doesnít want us to judge the needy. He wants us to help them.
    • Verse 27: What does this verse teach about priorities?
    • Verse 30: Mark, copy, and memorize this verse. How can you watch yourself? Write what this verse means to you.

  8. Recite Mosiah 4:30.
    Read Mosiah 5.
    • Verse 2: How can you change so that you "have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually"?
    • Verse 7: Who is the father of your soul when you are born again?
    • Verse 14: What is the name by which ye are called? See verse 8.
    Read Mosiah 6.
    • Verse 3: King Benjamin gave Mosiah charge over the kingdom, including keeping the records on the plates. Add Mosiah to the Golden Plates Progression Chart.
    • Verse 7: King Benjamin was a good king. Add king Benjamin to the Heroes/Anti-Heroes chart.

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