King Benjamin’s Speech

Service to God

Mosiah 2:15

Benjamin speaks not to boast, but rather to clear his conscience.

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.

Mosiah 2:16

All this while, Benjamin has only been in the service of God.

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.

Mosiah 2:17

Service to men equates service to God.

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.”

Mosiah 2:18

If a king serves his people, should not the people serve one another?

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?

Mosiah 2:19

If an earthly king merits any thanks, then how much more thanks does our Heavenly King merit?

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!

Mosiah 2:20

Thank the Lord for creating and preserving you.

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—

Mosiah 2:21

Even so, any amount of thanks, praise, or good works is insufficient to justify oneself before God.

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.

Mosiah 2:22

The Lord requires compliance with his commandments.

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.

Mosiah 2:23

Men are indebted to God for their existence.

And now, in the first place, he hath created you, and granted unto you your lives, for which ye are indebted unto him.

Mosiah 2:24

Keeping commandments yields immediate blessings, which further adds to man’s debt to God.

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?

Mosiah 2:25

Men are not even as the dust of the earth.

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.

Mosiah 2:26

Even kings are of the dust.

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.