Chapter 12

King Benjamin

“Chapter 12: King Benjamin,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 32–35

King Benjamin teaching

King Benjamin was a righteous Nephite king. With the help of other righteous men, he brought peace to the land.

King Benjamin and Mosiah

King Benjamin became old and wanted to talk to his people. He needed to tell them that his son Mosiah would be the next king.

people gathering around temple

The people came from all over the land and gathered near the temple. They placed their tents so the doors faced the temple.

King Benjamin speaking

King Benjamin spoke from a tower so the Nephites could hear him.


He told his people that he had tried hard to serve them. He said the way to serve God is by serving one another.

King Benjamin

King Benjamin told the people to obey God’s commandments. Those who faithfully keep the commandments will be happy and someday live with God.

baby Jesus and Mary

King Benjamin said Jesus Christ would soon be born on the earth. His mother’s name would be Mary.

Jesus performing miracles

Jesus would perform miracles. He would heal the sick and bring the dead back to life. He would make the blind see and the deaf hear.

Jesus praying

Jesus would suffer and die for the sins of all people. Those who repent and have faith in Jesus will be forgiven of their sins.

Jesus being crucified

King Benjamin told the Nephites that wicked men would whip Jesus. Then they would crucify him.

Jesus resurrected

After three days Jesus would be resurrected.

Nephites repenting

After King Benjamin spoke, the Nephites fell to the ground. They were sorry for their sins and wanted to repent.

people praying

The people had faith in Jesus Christ, and they prayed to be forgiven.

Nephites smiling

The Holy Ghost filled their hearts. They knew that God had forgiven them and that he loved them. They felt peace and joy.

King Benjamin talking to people

King Benjamin told his people to believe in God. He wanted them to know that God had created all things and that he is wise and powerful.

family praying

King Benjamin told the people to be humble and pray every day. He wanted his people to always remember God and be faithful.

King Benjamin speaking

He told the parents not to let their children fight or argue.

parents teaching children

He told them to teach their children to be obedient and to love and serve one another.

Nephites listening to King Benjamin

He warned the people to be careful with what they thought, said, and did. They were to be faithful and keep the commandments for the rest of their lives.

King Benjamin talking to people

King Benjamin asked the people if they believed his teachings. They all said they did. The Holy Ghost had changed them, and they no longer wanted to sin.

Nephites smiling

They all covenanted, or promised, to keep God’s commandments. King Benjamin was pleased.

King Benjamin blessing Mosiah

King Benjamin gave his son Mosiah the right to be the new king. Three years later King Benjamin died.

Mosiah working

Mosiah was a righteous king. He worked hard and served his people, as his father had.