5 And it came to pass that when they came up to the temple, they pitched their tents round about, every man according to his family, consisting of his wife, and his sons, and his daughters, and their sons, and their daughters, from the eldest down to the youngest, every family being separate one from another.
6 And they pitched their tents round about the temple, every man having his tent with the door thereof towards the temple, that thereby they might remain in their tents and hear the words which king Benjamin should speak unto them;
King Benjamin’s people loved him and recognized him as a prophet of God. They had benefitted from his righteous leadership throughout his reign, and they knew him to be righteous. At the end of his reign, he invited them to gather at the temple to hear his final message as their king. The passage above describes the preparation they made to hear his speech. They pitched their tents around the temple with the door of the tent towards the temple. They were organized in extended families, with grandparents, parents, and children all together. The change of heart which they experienced that day was partly attributable to the power of Benjamin’s words. But those words would not have had the same impact on them if they had not been prepared to receive them.