King Benjamin wanted to speak to his people before he died. He asked them to gather around the temple. Families pitched tents and prepared to listen to their king and prophet. King Benjamin knew it would be difficult for everyone to hear him, so he had a large tower built that he could stand on while he spoke. He also had his words written down and delivered to people who still couldn’t hear.
King Benjamin taught the people about the importance of serving and loving each other. He said, “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 2:17) He also taught the people the importance of searching the scriptures, avoiding contention, and repentance. He then bore testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
We recently had the opportunity to listen to our prophet and other church leaders in General Conference. May we be like King Benjamin’s people and let the words we heard change our hearts and our actions. It’s not enough to just hear the words of our prophet, we need to be obedient in order to receive the promised blessings.
“Technology has blessed us with many new innovations to spread the message of the gospel through satellite systems… But the bricks and mortar and the continued expansion of technology will only bring the messages to us. One challenge remains the same from the time of King Benjamin to the time of President Grant to today—that is, the challenge of each individual and family, through personal and collective study, to internalize the messages of the gospel of our Lord and Savior. Salvation is not in facilities or technology, but in the word. Only in the power of the word will it impact our lives and help us to live closer to our Father in Heaven.” L. Tom Perry
What did King Benjamin do so his people could hear him speak ? (Discuss ideas)
What did King Benjamin teach? (Discuss ideas)
Why do you think he taught these things? (Discuss ideas)
When can we listen to our prophet today? (Discuss ideas)
What did our prophet and leaders teach in the most recent General Conference? (Discuss ideas)
How can we be obedient to the things they taught? (Discuss ideas)
How will we be blessed by being obedient? (Discuss ideas)
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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