The people of King Benjamin responded to his words by pleading with God to “apply the atoning blood of Christ,” so that their sins could be forgiven. In response, the Spirit of the Lord filled them with joy and gave them “peace of conscience” (Mosiah 4:2-3).
King Benjamin then taught them how to retain this closeness to God over time. In particular he told them to:
- Believe in God, humble themselves, and pray every day (Mosiah 4:4-12)
- Love and serve one another, and teach their children to do the same (Mosiah 4:13-26)
- Follow the commandments of God “in wisdom and order” (Mosiah 4:27-30)
The people then entered a covenant to obey God for the rest of their lives, and Benjamin taught them what it means to take upon yourself the name of Christ (Mosiah 5).
He then did two things to help the people keep their covenant: he recorded their names, and he appointed priests to remind them of what they had promised (Mosiah 6).
Here’s an outline of King Benjamin’s sermon, with my takeaways.
Here are some blog posts about the key themes from these chapters:
Receiving and Retaining a Remission of Your Sins
- They Had Viewed Themselves in Their Own Carnal State – Mosiah 4:1-3
- What Does It Mean to “Apply the Atoning Blood of Christ?”
- They Were Filled with Joy – Mosiah 4:2-3
- Believe in God – Mosiah 4:9-10
- Always Retain a Remission of Your Sins – Mosiah 4:11-12
- Are We Not All Beggars? – Mosiah 4:19-21
- What Does It Mean to Serve Others “According to Their Wants?”
Taking upon Yourself the Name of Christ
- A Mighty Change – Mosiah 5:2-5
- What Does It Mean to Become the Sons and Daughters of Christ?
- I Would That Ye Should Take Upon You the Name of Christ – Mosiah 5:7-8
- How Knoweth a Man the Master Whom He Has Not Served – Mosiah 5:13