Mosiah 4: Receriving and Retaining a Remission of Our Sins

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 75–76

Mosiah 3:19 encourages us to put off the “natural man” and become “a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord.” In Mosiah 4 you will read how King Benjamin’s people succeeded in doing that. The king then told them how to avoid losing that great blessing they had received. Look for the ways King Benjamin said being truly converted changes a person. Mosiah 4 concludes King Benjamin’s address to his people that began in Mosiah 2. Be aware that Mormon included some of King Benjamin’s follow-up teachings in Mosiah 5.

Understanding the Scriptures

Mosiah 4

Cast his eyes round about (v. 1)Looked around
Carnal state (v. 2)Earthly or fallen condition
Remission (vv. 3, 11–12)Forgiveness of sins
Comprehend (v. 9)Understand
Succor (v. 16)Help, assist, aid
Putteth up his petition (vv. 16, 22)Asks or pleads for help
Stay my hand (v. 17)Withhold my help
Impart (vv. 17, 21, 26)Give, share
Condemn him (v. 22)Judge him as unfit
Covet (v. 25)Selfishly desire
Requisite (v. 27)Required
Expedient (v. 27)Necessary, essential
Divers (v. 29)Many, various

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B and activity C or D as you study Mosiah 4.

Activity A iconAnalyze What Happened

A remarkable change came upon the people as a result of applying King Benjamin’s teachings to their lives.

  1. 1.

    Read Mosiah 4:1–3 and answer the questions in the following chart in your notebook.

What did they realize?


What did they ask?


What was the result?

  1. 2.

    How is what happened to these people an example of what King Benjamin said they should do in Mosiah 3:19?

  2. 3.

    How is this similar to what Lehi saw in his dream? (see 1 Nephi 8:10–12).

Activity B iconFind the Lists

King Benjamin wanted his people to understand how to be saved in the kingdom of God. As shown in Mosiah 4:1–3, they experienced what it was like to receive a remission of their sins as a result of their faith.

  1. 1.

    In verses 4–10, King Benjamin explained further what is required for salvation. Study these verses and, in your notebook, make one list of the truths he said we should understand (see vv. 5–7) and another list of the principles he said we must first “believe” and then “do” to receive salvation (see vv. 8–10).

  2. 2.

    Even after we have been forgiven and made clean, it is not always easy to stay clean. Study verses 11–12 and list what King Benjamin said we must do to “retain a remission of [our] sins.”

  3. 3.

    In verses 12–16, King Benjamin listed the blessings that will be ours “if” we do what is taught in verse 11. Note that “retaining a remission of our sins” is just one of the blessings of obedience. List the blessings he mentioned and then choose two of them and explain why they would be desirable to you.

Activity C iconWhat Would Their Excuse Be?

The accompanying picture illustrates King Benjamin’s thoughts about those who refuse to give to the poor. Read Mosiah 4:17–25 and, in your notebook, finish the statements with what a person in each situation might say. What did King Benjamin say should be their attitudes instead?

money bags

I won’t impart because …

hand turning out pocket

I can’t impart because …

Activity D Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Mosiah 4:30

  1. 1.

    In your notebook, make a sketch or drawing with a slogan or illustration that expresses the idea King Benjamin taught in Mosiah 4:30.

  2. 2.

    Explain why you think it is important to “watch” our thoughts, words, and deeds.