Year 03/Lesson 26: King Benjamin

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 307/GAB 74: King Benjamin Addresses His People, a photo of Thomas S. Monson, coloring tools, scissors, sheet of plain or construction paper, glue stick. Note: GAK vs GAB pictures explained here.

Scripture: Mosiah 3:13 - And the Lord God hath sent his holy prophets among all the children of men, to declare these things to every kindred, nation, and tongue, that thereby whosoever should believe that Christ should come, the same might receive remission of their sins, and rejoice with exceedingly great joy...

Opening Song: We thank thee, o God, for a Prophet (LDS Hymn #19)


In the Book of Mormon we learn about a righteous king named King Benjamin.  He taught his people to follow God so they could have peace. King Benjamin was getting old. He gave his son Mosiah the scriptures and the compass called the Liahona. He wanted him to take good care of these important things. King Benjamin wanted to talk to his people before he died. He asked them to come to the temple. People came from all across the land. There were so many people that King Benjamin had a high tower built to help them hear his words.  They set up their tents with their families with the tent openings facing the tower.

(display GAK 307/GAB 74: King Benjamin Addresses His People)

When he began to speak from the tower, many people still could not hear him, so he had his teachings written down.

King Benjamin taught the people, “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God”. He also taught them to keep the commandments. He said the Lord had chosen his son Mosiah to be their next king.

King Benjamin taught them that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ. King Benjamin said Jesus would suffer and die for the sins of all people and then be resurrected. He told the people to repent and believe in Christ.

The people fell to the ground, asking Heavenly Father to forgive them for their sins, saying, “For we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God...". The Spirit of the Lord came upon them, and they were filled with peace and joy.  King Benjamin continued encouraging the people to believe in God’s great wisdom and power. He told them to be kind to each other and to teach their children to love and serve one another. King Benjamin told the people to continue having faith in the coming of the Lord.

When King Benjamin finished speaking, he asked the people if they believed what he had told them. They all said they did. The people knew his words were true because the Holy Ghost caused a “mighty change” in their hearts and they wanted to do good and not evil.  All the people who heard King Benjamin speak believed his words and chose to follow Christ.

(show photo of Thomas S. Monson)

We can be like King Benjamin's followers.  We have a living Prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, who also testifies of Jesus Christ and teaches us in general conference what Heavenly Father wants us to know so we can live with Him again. When we hear of Prophet, Bishop, Primary Teachers and other church leaders speak to us, we can believe their words and chose to follow Christ.

Bear your testimony about listening and obey words of the Prophets as they testify of Christ.  Share the joy that has come into your life by heeding the council of ancient and modern Prophets and other church leaders.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)


Have family members build forts or "tents" facing a television/computer/media screen.  After each family member is in their tent, play them a video clip of a favorite talk given by our current Prophet.  Remind them that just like the people listened to their Prophet, we should listen to our moder-day Prophet.

2. COLOR BY NUMBER or COLORING PAGE (adapted from The Friend magazine)

3. KING BENJAMIN CROSSWORD (from The Friend magazine)

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14 Way Righteous Comments:

Casi said...

This makes life so easy. Thanks so much, we haven't had a good FHE in long while. Thanks so much for your site!

Pam Miller said...

Thanks so much for all your hard work, you help my family home evenings out a lot!! Thanks!

Unknown said...

I'm back on track now, we recently moved also! Hope your move went smoothly, and your unpacking goes well :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your great lessons. Makes FHE really easy for us as a new LDS family.

Unknown said...

Emilie, love you so much! Your effort is truly appreciated in our home. My kids love the lessons!

Kim said...

Thank you for your work. I liked the King Benjamin coloring thing. I'm going to white out the scripture reference and have my older children read the reference and summarize while my younger kids color.

David & Karalee Larson said...

This is amazing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for all the work you put in to posting your FHE plans. I love your blog!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this great idea!

MaryAnn said...

I've been doing an alphabet lesson with my son since the older kids started back to school. Yesterday we did Ammon and now we are on King Benjamin. He loves to color so the picture was perfect. Thanks! love it.

Amanda said...

Just found this via pinterest! This is perfect for our Book of Mormon FHEs our family is doing this year. Thank you!

ABear said...

Thank you for your work and organization. I am going to use this for my primary class as all my children are grown. I have shared this with my husband though.

cc said...

Thank you for this perfect lesson and reminder for our children as conference is this weekend! This is just perfect!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for making fhe easy and fun!

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