To Spend My Days in Your Service – Mosiah 2:12-14

12 I say unto you that as I have been suffered to spend my days in your service, even up to this time, and have not sought gold nor silver nor any manner of riches of you;
13 Neither have I suffered that ye should be confined in dungeons, nor that ye should make slaves one of another, nor that ye should murder, or plunder, or steal, or commit adultery; nor even have I suffered that ye should commit any manner of wickedness, and have taught you that ye should keep the commandments of the Lord, in all things which he hath commanded you—
14 And even I, myself, have labored with mine own hands that I might serve you, and that ye should not be laden with taxes, and that there should nothing come upon you which was grievous to be borne—and of all these things which I have spoken, ye yourselves are witnesses this day.

In giving an accounting of his service, King Benjamin provides us with a description of what a righteous leader should do. Here are a few principles that I see:
  1. Leaders should not use their position of authority to enrich themselves. They should view their position as a responsibility to serve, not as an opportunity for personal gain.
  2. Leaders need to maintain order. They do this best by teaching the people to live righteously.
  3. Leaders need to set an example of correct behavior.
  4. Leaders should love their people and desire their happiness.
Today, I will strive to follow King Benjamin’s example of righteous leadership. I will love the people I lead, serve them, and teach them correct principles.
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