2 And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.
After King Benjamin had spoken to his people, he saw that they had been humbled. The people prayed and received a remission of their sins. Their hearts had been changed, and they had “no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.” King Benjamin continued to teach them how to retain a remission of their sins. He taught them to believe in God, keep the commandments, and care for the poor. The people made a covenant that they would do these things, and they took upon themselves the name of Christ, becoming His people. King Benjamin and his people lived in peace for the remainder of his days.
We can follow the example of King Benjamin’s people by having a desire to change our hearts. We can commit to follow Jesus Christ and keep His commandments. By doing this, we can have joy and be forgiven of our sins.
“We can change our behavior. Our very desires can change. How? There is only one way. True change—permanent change—can come only through the healing, cleansing, and enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He loves you—each of you! He allows you to access His power as you keep His commandments, eagerly, earnestly, and exactly. It is that simple and certain. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of change!” Russell M. Nelson
How did King Benjamin’s people receive a remission of their sins? (Discuss ideas)
What does it mean to receive a remission of sins? (To be forgiven)
How were their hearts changed? (They had no more desire to do evil, but to do good continually)
What did King Benjamin teach them they should do to retain a remission of their sins? (Believe in God, care for the poor, keep the commandments)
How can we commit to change our hearts? (Discuss ideas)
To “turn over” a new leaf means that you are committing to change your life for the better. Bake these fruit turnovers shaped like leaves to get your family excited to turn over a new leaf and commit to following Jesus Christ!
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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