17 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.
9 And now, my son, I have told you this that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn of me that there is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ. Behold, he is the life and the light of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness.
- King Benjamin wants his people to emulate his example of righteous service. He points out that, in serving them, he was serving God. If they will follow his example, they can experience the joy he has felt and can “answer a clear conscience before God” (Mosiah 2:15).
- Alma the Younger, on the other hand, hopes that his son Shiblon will avoid the pain he has experienced. If Shiblon can learn that Christ is the source of our salvation, then he can quickly turn to the Savior instead of suffering as Alma did for a time, not knowing where to turn for help.