Editor's note: “Resources to follow Him” curates study resources, teachings, and thoughts to deepen your study of this week's Come, Follow Me.
- 1. Think about what it means to receive a remission of sins with the Sunday on Monday Study Group.
- 2. Reflect on what it means to engage in the process of conversion as you join David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman.
- 3. Experience King Benjamin’s teachings through the Book of Mormon videos.
- 4. Consider what it means to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ with President Dallin H. Oaks.
- 5. Ponder how to preserve the heart’s mighty change with Elder Dale G. Renlund.
We hope these resources, in addition to the Come, Follow Me manual, can help enhance your understanding of King Benjamin’s sermon.
1. Think about what it means to receive a remission of sins with the Sunday on Monday Study Group.
“What would you say to someone who asks: ‘How do I know if I've been forgiven of my sins?’ It can be a hard question, right? Forgiveness of sins is sometimes a difficult concept for us to navigate in our lives,” reads the description for this week’s episode of the Sunday on Monday study group podcast. “We turn to Mosiah 4–6 for answers on how we can receive a remission of our sins, and also how we can retain a remission of our sins throughout our lives. Spoiler alert: there is ‘exceedingly great joy’ involved.”
The Sunday on Monday Study Group is a Deseret Bookshelf PLUS+ original presented by LDS Living. You can access the full study group discussion through the Bookshelf app. Listen to a segment of this week's episode below or listen to the full Sunday on Monday episode here.
2. Reflect on what it means to engage in the process of conversion as you join David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman.
In this week’s episode of “Don’t Miss This,” David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman talk about the process of conversion and how that process conversion can create something with deep beauty.
David Butler references a message from Sister Elaine S. Dalton that taught him about what deep beauty means. Sister Dalton had the opportunity to meet the wife of President David O. McKay, Emma Ray McKay.
“Although she did not wear a crown of sparkling diamonds, nor was she seated on a throne, I knew she was a true queen,” Sister Dalton said.
Butler explains that in coronation ceremonies, kings were given a new name. The people of King Benjamin were also given a new name when they receive the name of Jesus Christ.
“The greatest way to help somebody to change is to teach them their true identity—to give them a name—and that is the name He is giving them, imperfect as they are He says, ‘You are the royal children of Christ,’” Butler says.
Watch the full episode of Don’t Miss This below and follow along with the Don’t Miss This 2020 Journal.
3. Experience King Benjamin’s teachings through the Book of Mormon videos.
What was it like for the people of King Benjamin to hear his teachings? The Book of Mormon videos give a taste of what their experience may have been like. Two segments of the longer episode containing King Benjamin’s speech are applicable to this week’s Come Follow Me. Watch both videos below.
King Benjamin Teaches His People to Believe in God (Mosiah 4)
The People of King Benjamin Make a Covenant (Mosiah 5)
4. Consider what it means to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ with President Dallin H. Oaks.
King Benjamin teaches his people, “Because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you” (Mosiah 5:7).
In a general conference talk, President Dallin H. Oaks explored the question, what does it mean to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ?
“Our witness that we are willing to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ has several different meanings. Some of these meanings are obvious, and well within the understanding of our children. Others are only evident to those who have searched the scriptures and pondered the wonders of eternal life.”
Watch President Oaks give this 1985 talk in general conference in the video below.
5. Ponder how to preserve the heart’s mighty change with Elder Dale G. Renlund.
As a former heart surgeon, Elder Dale G. Renlund said that “the ultimate operation is not a physical but a spiritual, ‘mighty change’ of heart” (Mosiah 5:2).
“Through the Atonement of Christ and by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel, we undergo this ultimate operation, this spiritual change of heart. As a result of our transgressions, our spiritual hearts have become diseased and hardened, making us subject to spiritual death and separation from our Heavenly Father. The Lord explained the operation that we all need: ‘A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh’”(Ezekiel 36:26).
Listen to Elder Renlund’s discussion of how to preserve the heart’s mighty change with the video below.