“I Shall Give This People a Name That Thereby They May Be Distinguished Above All the People”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

In the invitation for his people to assemble, Benjamin said, “I shall give this people a name, that thereby they may be distinguished above all the people which the Lord God hath brought out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I do because they have been a diligent people in keeping the commandments of the Lord” (Mosiah 1:11). What follows (to the end of chapter five) is one of the most detailed recitations of a discourse contained in holy writ. It is not until the conclusion of this discourse that Benjamin announces the name to be given his people.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2