King Benjamin’s Speech

Introduction and Stewardship Report

Mosiah 2:9
Benjamin begins speaking to his people.
Mosiah 2:9
Open your ears, hearts, and minds to Benjamin’s message.
Mosiah 2:10
Benjamin is a mere mortal, and is not to be feared.
Mosiah 2:11
Benjamin is subject to infirmities and weakness, yet he relies on the power of God to fulfill his duties.
Mosiah 2:12
Benjamin has ruled in honor and benevolence.
Mosiah 2:13
Benjamin has opposed slavery and murder, and has encouraged his people to keep God’s commandments.
Mosiah 2:14
Benjamin has worked for his own livelihood, and has not imposed undue taxes.

Service to God

Mosiah 2:15
Benjamin speaks not to boast, but rather to clear his conscience.
Mosiah 2:16
All this while, Benjamin has only been in the service of God.
Mosiah 2:17
Service to men equates service to God.
Mosiah 2:18
If a king serves his people, should not the people serve one another?
Mosiah 2:19
If an earthly king merits any thanks, then how much more thanks does our Heavenly King merit?
Mosiah 2:20
Thank the Lord for creating and preserving you.
Mosiah 2:21
Even so, any amount of thanks, praise, or good works is insufficient to justify oneself before God.
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The Lord requires compliance with his commandments.
Mosiah 2:23
Men are indebted to God for their existence.
Mosiah 2:24
Keeping commandments yields immediate blessings, which further adds to man’s debt to God.
Mosiah 2:25
Men are not even as the dust of the earth.
Mosiah 2:26
Even kings are of the dust.

Transfer of Kingship

Mosiah 2:27
Benjamin has a clear conscience regarding his tenure as king.
Mosiah 2:28
Benjamin absolves himself from the sins of his people by instructing them in righteousness.
Mosiah 2:29
Benjamin announces that he can no longer be the people’s king.
Mosiah 2:30
Benjamin’s age has rendered him unable to perform his duties, and so he explains that God commanded him to appoint his son Mosiah in his stead.

Counsel and Advice

Mosiah 2:31
Keep the commandments and prosper in the land.
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Avoid contentions.
Mosiah 2:33
Contention and dying in sins will yield damnation.
Mosiah 2:34
All present have been taught the gospel, and the history of their fathers.
Mosiah 2:35
Their fathers spoke that which God commanded them.
Mosiah 2:36
Some people will first accept the gospel, and then reject it.
Mosiah 2:37
These people rebel against God, become an enemy to righteousness, and have no place in the Lord’s realm.
Mosiah 2:38
A man who dies an enemy to God will be brought to a lively sense of his own guilt.
Mosiah 2:39
Strangers to God are unable to partake of divine mercy.
Mosiah 2:40
Benjamin speaks plainly so that all may understand.
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Remember how happy and blessed are those who keep God’s commandments.

Words From an Angel

Mosiah 3:1
Benjamin explains that he will foretell events that will occur in the future.
Mosiah 3:2
He was told of these events by an angel who visited him one night.
Mosiah 3:3–27
Benjamin relays to words of the angel, who told him about the coming of Christ, the power of his atonement for humanity, and need to accept him penitently.


Mosiah 4:1
Benjamin pauses his speech, and sees that his people have all fallen to the ground, fearful of the Lord.
Mosiah 4:2
The people humble themselves and beseech the grace of Jesus to purify and save them.
Mosiah 4:3
The Holy Ghost manifests to them that their wishes were granted.


Mosiah 4:4
Benjamin continues speaking to his people.
Mosiah 4:4
Benjamin calls his people’s attention.
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The knowledge of God has you aware of man’s fallen state.
Mosiah 4:6
A knowledge of God should lead to diligence in keeping his commandments.
Mosiah 4:7
Salvation is received through the atonement.
Mosiah 4:8
There is no other means of obtaining salvation but through Christ.

Belief in God

Mosiah 4:9
Believe in God, in his power, and in his wisdom.
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Repent and forsake your sins.
Mosiah 4:11
Taste of God’s love, and receive a remission of your sins.
Mosiah 4:12
Be filled with the love of God, and retain a remission of your sins.
Mosiah 4:13
Live in peace.
Mosiah 4:14
Care for your children and teach them to avoid contention.
Mosiah 4:15
Teach them walk in truth, and to love.

Remission of Sins

Mosiah 4:16
Help those in need.
Mosiah 4:17
You might be tempted to say the poor have brought misery upon themselves.
Mosiah 4:18
This attitude requires serious repentance.
Mosiah 4:19
Are we not all beggars? We all are dependant on the grace of God.
Mosiah 4:20
The Spirit has brought joy to the who repent.
Mosiah 4:21
We should share their substance one with another, because we are all indebted to God for our lives and existence.
Mosiah 4:22
Those who are selfish towards to needy we be dealt with likewise in the final judgment.
Mosiah 4:23
Substance will perish with men.
Mosiah 4:24
Those that are poor may not have the means to help other poor people, but it is the attitude and willingness to share that is most important.
Mosiah 4:25
Simply having this attitude will absolve you of guilt, as long as you do not covet that which is not yours.
Mosiah 4:26
Retain a remission of sins by taking care of the poor.
Mosiah 4:27
Men are not required to perform above that which they are able.
Mosiah 4:28
If you borrow something, give it back.
Mosiah 4:29
There are countless ways to commit sins.
Mosiah 4:30
Watch yourselves, keep the commandments, and look forward to the coming of the Lord.

Audience Reaction

Mosiah 5:1
Benjamin polls the audience to assess their reaction to his message.
Mosiah 5:2–5
The people unanimously state that God has changed their hearts, and they are willing to enter into a covenant with God to do his will.

A New Name

Mosiah 5:6
Benjamin continues to speak to his people.
Mosiah 5:6–7
The people reacted the way Benjamin wanted them to—having made a covenant, they are now to be known by their new name: the Children of Christ.
Mosiah 5:8
A covenant with Christ is what brings true freedom.
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Those associated with Christ will find favor with God.
Mosiah 5:10
Those not associated with Christ, will not find favor.
Mosiah 5:11
Only transgression will disassociate those of the covenant from Christ.
Mosiah 5:12
Retain the name of Christ in your hearts.
Mosiah 5:13
How can a man know a master he has not served?
Mosiah 5:14
Similarly, livestock do not respond to those other than their masters.
Mosiah 5:15
Be steadfast, immovable, and abound in good works, and receive eternal life through the wisdom, power, justice and mercy of God.