Lesson 16: Ye Shall Be Called the Children of Christ

Book of Mormon Class Member Study Guide, (1999), 10–11


  • Why do you think King Benjamin emphasized his people’s “nothingness” and unworthiness? (See Mosiah 4:5–8, 11–12.) Why is it essential for us to recognize our dependence on the Lord?

  • According to King Benjamin, what obligations do parents have to their children? (See Mosiah 4:14–15.)

  • King Benjamin instructed his people to care for the needy (Mosiah 4:16–17, 22). Why do we have “great cause to repent” if we refuse to help the needy? (See Mosiah 4:18–23.) In what sense are we all beggars? (See Mosiah 4:19–20.)

  • What counsel did King Benjamin give to the poor who could not impart of their substance? (See Mosiah 4:24–25.) How can you develop a generous heart regardless of your financial situation?

  • King Benjamin taught his people that to avoid sin and maintain their commitment to God, they must watch their thoughts, words, and deeds (Mosiah 4:29–30). How are thoughts, words, and deeds related?

  • What effect did the Spirit of the Lord have on the people as King Benjamin spoke to them? (See Mosiah 5:2–5.) How might our lives and relationships be affected if we “had no more disposition to do evil”?

  • What does it mean to become children of Christ? (See Mosiah 5:2, 5–7.) What does it mean to “take upon [ourselves] the name of Christ”? (See Mosiah 5:8–11.) What can you do each day to help you keep Christ’s name written in your heart? (See Mosiah 5:11–15.)

Suggestion for Family Discussion

Read Mosiah 4:16–27 as a family. Discuss things you can do together to help people in need. You may want to plan a service project. You may also want to talk about fast offerings and how they are used.