Chapter 12: King Benjamin

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

    “Chapter 12,” Book of Mormon Stories, 32–35

    Chapter 12

    King Benjamin

    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.