- Print one copy of the large crossword puzzle and clues from pdf or word and cut out each clue and title. (Or print one copy of the smaller Crossword Puzzle and Clues per child and one copy of the section titles pdf or word.) The crossword puzzle is from the Friend, September 2000, Funstuff.
- Items needed: pencils, a marker, a Book of Mormon for each child, magnets or tape, and the Gospel Art Picture “King Benjamin Addresses His People”.
Scripture Story Introduction
Briefly review the previous week’s lesson. Explain that after Enos died, the records of the people were passed down from generation to generation. The Nephites had many battles with the Lamanites through the generations. The Lord warned a Nephite named Mosiah to flee out of the land with as many as would listen to the voice of the Lord. The people fled until they came to a land called the Land of Zarahemla. They discovered a people there called the people of Zarahemla (or Mulekites). The people of Zarahemla had been brought by the hand of the Lord to the promised land. They had come out of Jerusalem at the time King Zedekiah of Judah was carried away captive into Babylon. The Mulekite’s language and religious beliefs had become altered because they had brought no records with them. Mosiah had them taught his language. The people of Zarahemla and the people of Mosiah united. Mosiah was appointed their king.
After King Mosiah died, his son King Benjamin ruled. King Benjamin was a righteous king. King Benjamin ruled the people for many years. When he became old, he called his people together to speak to them and to confer the kingdom upon his son Mosiah. (Display the picture of King Benjamin addressing his people.)
Scripture Story Activity
Hand out a crossword puzzle, crossword puzzle clues (or use the enlarged version of the clues and puzzle and post them on the board when indicated in the lesson), pencil, and a Book of Mormon to each child. Explain to the children that as they do the crossword puzzle they will learn more about King Benjamin and about his final address to his people.
Instructions: Attach the section title to the board (go in the order given) and read it to the class; also read any explanation that goes with it. Either post the enlarged version of the clues below it (one at a time and in the order given), or have a volunteer read out loud the crossword puzzle clue from their own list. Have a child try to guess what the missing word might be. Direct all the children to look up the scripture reference to see if the guess is correct. Have someone read the whole scripture out loud. Have the children fill in their crossword puzzle space with the correct answer, or have the class fill out the bigger version together on the board. Afterwards, read any further explanations that are given about the answer in the sections below.
King Benjamin called the people together to speak to them before he died.
King Benjamin was getting old and knew that he would die soon. He needed to confer the kingdom upon one of his sons, and he wished to speak to the people before he died. He had his son Mosiah gather the people together.
7 Down) LAND
3 Across) TEMPLE
The temple was of great spiritual consequence to the people, so it was a significant place for King Benjamin to teach and instruct the people.
12 Down) TOWER
The multitude was so great that King Benjamin had a tower built so they could hear his words.
20 Diagonally Up) WRITTEN
Many of the people still could not hear his words as he spoke from the tower, so he had his words written down and sent among the people.
What kind of man was King Benjamin?
We learn more about the kind of man and leader King Benjamin was as he begins his address to his people.
1 Across) LABORED
King Benjamin did not seek for the people’s gold or silver. He labored to serve them. He was a righteous leader.
21 Diagonally Down) COMMANDMENT
5 Across) WICKEDNESS
11 Down) PEACE
There was a serious war between the Lamanites and the Nephites, and King Benjamin was instrumental in driving the Lamanites out of the land. He also taught the Nephites to keep the commandments, and he would not suffer that they commit any manner of wickedness. Because of these things, he established peace in the land.
What are some of the things King Benjamin taught the people during his address?
19 Diagonally Down) ANOTHER
2 Across) SERVICE
Heavenly Father loves his children. When we serve others, we are helping the Lord love and care for his children. The Lord has done much for us, and we can show our love and gratitude to Heavenly Father by serving his children.
6 Across) UNPROFITABLE
The word unprofitable means running at a loss. Everything we have–including our life–our Heavenly Father has given us. The only thing we can give to God in return is our obedience. But when we are obedient, he blesses us and we are indebted to him again. We can never repay our Heavenly Father for the blessings he bestows upon us.
13 Down) HEAVENLY
8 Down) KEEP
4 Across) PROSPERED
22 Diagonally Up) CONTENTIONS
15 Down) SALVATION
An angel had appeared to King Benjamin and had told him of the Savior’s coming in great detail, including of His death and resurrection. Jesus Christ suffered and died for us that we might repent of our sins and live with Heavenly Father again.
9 Down) NAME
When each of us is born into a family, we receive a family name. Ask the children to tell what their family name is.
When we are baptized and become members of the church, we take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ. Because of Christ’s atoning sacrifice, he is the father of our spiritual rebirth and we become his sons and daughters.
Ask the children what characteristics they inherited from their parents. Tell them we can also become like Christ through our covenant to keep His commandments.
Tell the children to read the scripture in this clue again, and then tell why it is important for us to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ. (There is no other name or way where salvation can be attained.)
How did the people respond to King Benjamin’s words?
10 Down) SINS
The people of King Benjamin recognized the need for power beyond their own to overcome their sinful condition. They prayed for mercy and asked Heavenly Father to apply the atoning blood of Christ so they could be forgiven of their sins.
16 Down) REMISSION
17 Down) EVIL
The people experienced a mighty change of heart. They had no more disposition to do evil. They had a desire to convert their lives to the things of God.
14 Down) COVENANT
18 Down) SOUL
• When do we make this kind of covenant? (When we are baptized.) King Benjamin’s people had been baptized; they were members of the church. When King Benjamin spoke to his people, they gained a greater understanding of the gospel and the atonement. They were touched by the Spirit and had a mighty change of heart. We must also listen to the prophet, study, learn, and gain understanding so we can experience a mighty change of heart and renew and strengthen our commitment to take upon us the name of Christ.
• How did the people of Zarahemla respond to the call to gather to the temple to hear the words of their prophet and king?
• How do we respond to the call to hear the words of the living prophet? Do we eagerly take advantage of those opportunities to hear and read his words?
• When do we have the opportunity to hear the prophet’s words? During General Conference that is held in October and April.
• Where can we read the prophet’s words? Show the children a copy of the Friend magazine and explain that there is a message from the prophet, or one of his counselors, at the beginning of each magazine. We can also read their words in other church magazines.
We need to listen to and obey the living prophet’s words just as King Benjamin’s people listened to and obeyed his words. As we do this, our hearts can change, and we will have no more disposition to do evil but to do good continually.
Weekly Reading Assignment
Remind the children to do their scripture reading assignment for this week: Mosiah 2:1–41 and Mosiah 5:1-8