“And they pitched their tents round about the temple, every man having his tent with the door thereof towards the temple, that thereby they might remain in their tents and hear the words which king Benjamin should speak unto them (Mosiah 2:6)
“For the multitude being so great that king Benjamin could not teach them all within the walls of the temple, therefore he caused a tower to be erected, that thereby his people might hear the words which he should speak unto them.”(Mosiah 2:7)
King Benjamin addresses the people of Zarahemla (residents of the Waynesboro Stake) from his tower. He is a prophet, mature and wise. We know he is mature because he uses Nephite reading glasses. We know he is wise because he teaches from the scriptures and testifies of Jesus Christ.
He testifies of the mission of Jesus Christ. “And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name . . . “
“And he shall rise the third day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to judge the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men. (Mosiah 3:9,10)
King Benjamin shares advice with eternal consequences. “For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord,and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father. (Mosiah 3:9,10)
The comments about the “natural man” are worth remembering. This verse is one of 100 special verses. The collection of verses is given a new Nephite term – Scripture Mastery. King Benjamin’s people (students) are encouraged to locate, understand, apply and memorize the Scripture Mastery verses.
The people begin to pack their tents and return to their homes. Then, before leaving, Zarahemla cupcakes are distributed by the servants of the king. The cupcakes are a new taste sensation. The life of a cupcake is short.
The youthful subjects, fingers slightly sticky with marshmallow, leave the presence of the king. Their lives will be blessed if they remember his words:
“And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.” (Mosiah 2:22)