2 And the things which I shall tell you are made known unto me by an angel from God. And he said unto me: Awake; and I awoke, and behold he stood before me.
3 And he said unto me: Awake, and hear the words which I shall tell thee; for behold, I am come to declare unto you the glad tidings of great joy.
4 For the Lord hath heard thy prayers, and hath judged of thy righteousness, and hath sent me to declare unto thee that thou mayest rejoice; and that thou mayest declare unto thy people, that they may also be filled with joy.
The angel who appeared to King Benjamin began with a simple message: wake up and listen to the good news I have, which will fill you and your people with joy.
The word gospel comes from two Old English words: god, meaning “good,” and spel, which means “story” or “message” (Online Etymology Dictionary, “gospel“). It is the English equivalent of the Greek term euangelion, which also comes from two root words: eu, meaning “good,” and angelion, a form of the word angelos, which means “messenger.”
So, the gospel is good news, and when we really understand it, we can be filled with joy. If we’re missing that joy, we probably need to review what we know in order to renew our appreciation for the simple but powerful truths have been taught.
As Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf has counseled us:
If you ever think that the gospel isn’t working so well for you, I invite you to step back, look at your life from a higher plane, and simplify your approach to discipleship. Focus on the basic doctrines, principles, and applications of the gospel. I promise that God will guide and bless you on your path to a fulfilling life, and the gospel will definitely work better for you (“It Works Wonderfully,” General Conference, October 2015).
Today, I will remember the basic principles of the gospel and will be grateful for them. As the angel reminded King Benjamin, I will rejoice in the good news that the gospel of Jesus Christ can bless my life and the lives of the people I love.