7 And king Mosiah did cause his people that they should till the earth. And he also, himself, did till the earth, that thereby he might not become burdensome to his people, that he might do according to that which his father had done in all things. And there was no contention among all his people for the space of three years.
Near the beginning of King Benjamin’s speech, he reminded the people of the service he had rendered to them:
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 (Mosiah 2:14).
As the king, he could have avoided manual labor. He could have justified this position by saying that his service in judgment and leadership demanded all his time and energy and that he didn’t have the capacity for humble work. But he chose to serve alongside his people, and by his example, he taught them to love and serve one another as well (Mosiah 2:18).
As Mormon points out in the passage above, Benjamin’s son Mosiah chose to follow his father’s example. “He also, himself, did till the earth.” The tone he set as a leader encouraged service in the community as a whole, and as a result, “there was no contention among all his people” for a period of time.
Today, I will follow the examples of Benjamin and Mosiah. I will serve the people I lead. I will trust that my example of service will inspire others to follow my example and to receive the blessings of service.