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Teaching Children the Gospel “Lesson 10: King Benjamin”


When you hear the word king, you might think of crowns, castles, servants, and thrones. In Mosiah 1–3, you will read about a different kind of king. Rather than living off the labors of his people, King Benjamin “labored with [his] own hands” (Mosiah 2:14). Instead of having others serve him, he served his people “with all the might, mind and strength which the Lord [had] granted unto [him]” (Mosiah 2:11). This king did not want his people to worship him; rather, he taught them to worship a King greater than himself, for he understood that it is “the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth” (Mosiah 3:5). (Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Book of Mormon 2020)

Friend May 1988

Friend May 1988

Friend April 2020 “Come Follow Me for Little Ones” Read Mosiah 2:17 together. Then help your little ones take turns standing on a chair, like King Benjamin on the tower. (You could make a simple crown or print the one below for the speaker to wear) While on the chair, help them repeat a simple line about service, like “God is happy when I help others” or, “By serving others I’m serving God.”

It might be fun for your family to create the setting for King Benjamin’s speech. You could make a small tower and let family members take turns reading King Benjamin’s words while standing on it. (You could make a simple crown or costume as well for the speaker to wear) The rest of the family could listen from inside a makeshift tent. (Come Follow Me for Families)

Friend April 2020 “Family Night Fun” Indoor Campout

Ensign April 2020 “Family Study Fun” Gratitude Tower of Service

King Benjamin built a tower and taught his people that when we serve each other, we are really serving God (see Mosiah 2:17).

  1. Build a tower. It can be a chair, an ottoman, a few boxes, etc.
  2. Take turns getting up on your tower and thanking someone in the family for the service they have done recently.
  3. Now take turns getting on the tower again and sharing with the family one way you’re going to provide service this week.

Discussion: Why is it important to serve others? How does it make you feel when someone serves you? How can we serve someone (and God) as a family this week?

Ensign April 2020 “Weekly CFM Insights” Why Does King Benjamin Invite Us to Become like a Child?

Friend March 2018 “Pitch Your Tent” Cutout to build a Nephite tent. Can put strips of paper in the tent of things learned in the lesson

Friend June 1988 “Benjamin: the Prophet King”

Friend November 2019 “Friends by Mail” During general conference, we used the “Pitch Your Tent” cutouts (March 2018) to create a 3D model and added quotes from President Nelson’s talk! Ava and Maryanne P., ages 8 and 6, Washington, USA

Friend August 1988 “Sharing Time: Be a Righteous Leader”


Friend March 2016 “King Benjamin Teaches His People” Story and Images


Book of Mormon Stories “King Benjamin” Images and Story

Additional Resources

Come Follow Me for Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 “Mosiah 1-3”

  • When I serve others, I am also serving God.
  • All of my blessings come from Heavenly Father.
  • Play a game in which the children pass around an object as they sing a song about gratitude or listen to one (see “Gratitude” in the topics index of the Children’s Songbook). Stop singing or stop the music periodically, and invite whoever is holding the object to share a blessing he or she is grateful for.I believe in Jesus Christ.
  • I should not boast about my service and my good works.
  • Jesus Christ cleanses me from sin and helps me become a saint.

Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Book of Mormon 2020 “Mosiah 1-3”

  • Receiving the word of God requires preparation.
  • When I serve others, I am also serving God.
  • I can overcome the natural man and become a saint through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
  • Why did King Benjamin refer to Jesus as “the Father of heaven and earth”?
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