THE BOOK OF MOSIAH
King Benjamin continues his address—Salvation comes because of the atonement—Believe in God to be saved—Retain a remission of your sins through faithfulness—Impart of your substance to the poor—Do all things in wisdom and order. About 124 B.C.
now, it came to pass that when king Benjamin had made an end of speaking the words which had been delivered unto him by the aangel
of the Lord, that he cast his eyes round about on the multitude, and behold they had bfallen
to the earth, for the cfear
of the Lord had come upon them.
And they had aviewed
themselves in their own bcarnal
state, even cless
than the dust of the earth. And they all cried aloud with one voice, saying: O have mercy, and apply the datoning
blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be epurified
; for we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who fcreated
heaven and earth, and all things; who shall come down among the children of men.
And it came to pass that after they had spoken these words the Spirit of the Lord came upon them, and they were filled with joy, having received a aremission
of their sins, and having peace of bconscience
, because of the exceeding cfaith
which they had in Jesus Christ who should come, according to the dwords
which king Benjamin had spoken unto them.
And king Benjamin again opened his mouth and began to speak unto them, saying: My friends and my brethren, my kindred and my people, I would again call your attention, that ye may hear and understand the remainder of my words which I shall speak unto you.
For behold, if the knowledge of the goodness of God at this time has awakened you to a sense of your anothingness
, and your worthless and fallen state—
I say unto you, if ye have come to a aknowledge
of the goodness of God, and his matchless power, and his wisdom, and his patience, and his long-suffering towards the children of men; and also, the batonement
which has been prepared from the cfoundation
of the world, that thereby salvation might come to him that should put his dtrust
in the Lord, and should be diligent in keeping his commandments, and continue in the faith even unto the end of his life, I mean the life of the mortal body—
I say, that this is the man who receiveth salvation, through the atonement which was prepared from the foundation of the world for all mankind, which ever were since the afall
of Adam, or who are, or who ever shall be, even unto the end of the world.
And this is the means whereby salvation cometh. And there is anone
other salvation save this which hath been spoken of; neither are there any conditions whereby man can be saved except the conditions which I have told you.
Believe in aGod
; believe that he is, and that he bcreated
all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all cwisdom
, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not dcomprehend
all the things which the Lord can comprehend.
And again, believe that ye must arepent
of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in bsincerity
of heart that he would cforgive
you; and now, if you dbelieve
all these things see that ye edo
And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have atasted
of his love, and have received a bremission
of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own cnothingness
, and his dgoodness
and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of ehumility
on the name of the Lord daily, and standing gsteadfastly
in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.
And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the alove
of God, and always bretain
a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the cknowledge
of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.
And ye will not have a amind
to injure one another, but to live bpeaceably
, and to render to every man according to that which is his due.
And ye will not suffer your achildren
that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye bsuffer
that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and cquarrel
one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the devil
spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness.
But ye will ateach
them to bwalk
in the ways of truth and csoberness
; ye will teach them to dlove
one another, and to serve one another.
And also, ye yourselves will asuccor
those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the bbeggar
putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.
Perhaps thou shalt asay
: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just—
But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.
For behold, are we not all abeggars
? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?
And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a aremission
of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his bSpirit
upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with cjoy
, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.
And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to aimpart
of the substance that ye have one to another.
And if ye ajudge
the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your bcondemnation
for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you but to God, to whom also your life cbelongeth
; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast done.
I say unto you, wo be unto that man, for his substance shall perish with him; and now, I say these things unto those who are arich
as pertaining to the things of this world.
And again, I say unto the poor, ye who have not and yet have sufficient, that ye remain from day to day; I mean all you who deny the beggar, because ye have not; I would that ye say in your hearts that: I agive
not because I bhave
not, but if I had I would cgive
And now, if ye say this in your hearts ye remain guiltless, otherwise ye are acondemned
; and your condemnation is just for ye covet that which ye have not received.
And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you—that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may awalk
guiltless before God—I would that ye should bimpart
of your substance to the cpoor
, every man according to that which he hath, such as dfeeding
the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants.
And see that all these things are done in wisdom and aorder
; for it is not requisite that a man should run bfaster
than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.
And I would that ye should remember, that whosoever among you aborroweth
of his neighbor should return the thing that he borroweth, according as he doth agree, or else thou shalt commit sin; and perhaps thou shalt cause thy neighbor to commit sin also.
And finally, I cannot tell you all the things whereby ye may commit sin; for there are divers ways and means, even so many that I cannot number them.
But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not awatch
yourselves, and your bthoughts
, and your cwords
, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and dcontinue
in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.