King Benjamin: In the Service of Your God

Title

King Benjamin: In the Service of Your God

Book Title

The Book of Mormon: Mosiah, Salvation Only Through Christ

Publication Type

Book

Chapter

3

Year of Publication

1991

Authors

Editors

Nyman, Monte S. (Secondary), and Tate, Charles D., Jr. (Secondary)

Pagination

37-48

Publisher

Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University

City

Provo, UT

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Bibliographic Citation

Black, Susan Easton. "King Benjamin: In the Service of Your God" In The Book of Mormon: Mosiah, Salvation Only Through Christ, Edited by Nyman, Monte S., and Tate, Charles D., Jr. 37-48. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1991.

Abstract

Many years ago, Moses declared to gathered Israel, “Love the Lord your God, and . . . serve him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deut 11:13). Since this declaration, rulers of the house of Israel have vacillated in their love of and service to the Lord. Yet there was one Israelite king who obediently lived this ancient command. His name was Benjamin, king over the land of Zarahemla in ancient America in the second century BC. Unfortunately, we know little about king Benjamin’s reign, except the last part which is recorded in the book of Mosiah. That part radiates with the brightness, hope, and love of a righteous, Christian king. His example is an ensign to rulers and a beacon to all disciples of Christ. My purpose in this paper is to share understanding and insight into the significance king Benjamin placed on the mysteries of God and on service, and to show how these concepts are interrelated.  

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