King Benjamin’s Speech

Introduction and Stewardship Report

Mosiah 2:9

Benjamin begins speaking to his people.

And these are the words which he spake and caused to be written, saying:

Mosiah 2:9

Open your ears, hearts, and minds to Benjamin’s message.

My brethren, all ye that have assembled yourselves together, you that can hear my words which I shall speak unto you this day; for I have not commanded you to come up hither to trifle with the words which I shall speak, but that you should hearken unto me, and open your ears that ye may hear, and your hearts that ye may understand, and your minds that the mysteries of God may be unfolded to your view.

Mosiah 2:10

Benjamin is a mere mortal, and is not to be feared.

I have not commanded you to come up hither that ye should fear me, or that ye should think that I of myself am more than a mortal man.

Mosiah 2:11

Benjamin is subject to infirmities and weakness, yet he relies on the power of God to fulfill his duties.

But I am like as yourselves, subject to all manner of infirmities in body and mind; yet I have been chosen by this people, and consecrated by my father, and was suffered by the hand of the Lord that I should be a ruler and a king over this people; and have been kept and preserved by his matchless power, to serve you with all the might, mind and strength which the Lord hath granted unto me.

Mosiah 2:12

Benjamin has ruled in honor and benevolence.

I say unto you that as I have been suffered to spend my days in your service, even up to this time, and have not sought gold nor silver nor any manner of riches of you;

Mosiah 2:13

Benjamin has opposed slavery and murder, and has encouraged his people to keep God’s commandments.

Neither have I suffered that ye should be confined in dungeons, nor that ye should make slaves one of another, nor that ye should murder, or plunder, or steal, or commit adultery; nor even have I suffered that ye should commit any manner of wickedness, and have taught you that ye should keep the commandments of the Lord, in all things which he hath commanded you—

Mosiah 2:14

Benjamin has worked for his own livelihood, and has not imposed undue taxes.

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.