“Sharing Time: Be a Righteous Leader,” Friend, Aug. 1988, 36
King Benjamin was a righteous leader. He served his people and wanted them to keep the commandments. When he became old, he gathered his people at the temple to speak to them. The people brought their families and pitched their tents. Because there was such a multitude, King Benjamin had a tower built to speak from so that more people could hear his counsel. He had his words written down and sent among the people who couldn’t hear him. He wanted everyone to understand what they should do to be happy. King Benjamin loved his people. He set a good example for them, and they believed his words.
Today you can be a leader and help others live happily. You may never build a tower to speak from, but you can learn to lead your family and friends by righteously serving them.
1. Cut out King Benjamin, empty scroll, statements, and tower.
Taught them to keep the commandments (See Mosiah 2:4.)
Did not boast or claim to be better than anyone else (See Mosiah 2:26.)
Delivered them from their enemies (See Mosiah 2:14.)
Labored with the people (See Mosiah 2:14.)
Did not tax the people and was not paid for his services (See Mosiah 2:12.)
Taught the people that when you serve your fellowman, you are serving the Lord (See Mosiah 2:17.)
Served with all his might, mind, and strength (See Mosiah 2:11.)
Loved his people and warned them not to rebel against God (See Mosiah 2:36–69.)
3. Find at least ten things in Mosiah 4 that King Benjamin taught his people. Write these on the scroll.
4. Make a list of some things that you might teach others by your example.
Honor those who serve you righteously—family, church, school, community leaders. As a group or as individuals, children could write a letter, telling how they are trying to do what a particular leader, such as bishop, has taught them to do.
Pretend that you or children are leader(s) of new country. Discuss what rules and laws would be needed so that people living in new country would be happy.
Sing “Quiet Song” (Sing with Me, B-27). Emphasize words, “As we learn to do right, We are reverent in thy sight.”