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A Library Tour through Mosiah 5
1. And now, it came to pass that when king Benjamin had thus spoken to his people,
he sent among them, desiring to know of his people if they believed the words which
he had spoken unto them.
2. And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which
thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of
the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in
our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.
3. And we, ourselves, also, through the infinite goodness of God, and the manifestations
of his Spirit, have great views of that which is to come; and were it expedient,
we could prophesy of all things.
4. And it is the faith which we have had on the things which our king has spoken
unto us that has brought us to this great knowledge, whereby we do rejoice with such
exceedingly great joy.
5. And we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God to do his will, and to
be obedient to his commandments in all things that he shall command us, all the remainder
of our days, that we may not bring upon ourselves a never-ending torment, as has
been spoken by the angel, that we may not drink out of the cup of the wrath of God.
6. And now, these are the words which king Benjamin desired of them; and therefore
he said unto them: Ye have spoken the words that I desired; and the covenant which
ye have made is a righteous covenant.
7. And now, 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; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name;
therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.
8. And under this head ye are made free, and there is no other head whereby ye can
be made free. There is no other name given whereby salvation cometh; therefore, I
would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ, all you that have entered
into the covenant with God that ye should be obedient unto the end of your lives.
9. And it shall come to pass that whosoever doeth this shall be found at the right
hand of God, for he shall know the name by which he is called; for he shall be called
by the name of Christ.
10. And now it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall not take upon him the name
of Christ must be called by some other name; therefore, he findeth himself on the
left hand of God.
Chapter 28 – On the Right or Left: Benjamin and the Scapegoat. Research by Terrence
L. Szink and John W. Welch, originally published as a FARMS Update in Insights (January
The authors present an intriguing set of parallels between this section of King
Benjamin’s speech and the symbolic, autumn festival Day of Atonement ordinance of
the Scapegoat, as described in Leviticus 16.
11. And I would that ye should remember also, that this is the name that I said I
should give unto you that never should be blotted out, except it be through transgression;
therefore, take heed that ye do not transgress, that the name be not blotted out
of your hearts.
12. I say unto you, I would that ye should remember to retain the name written always
in your hearts, that ye are not found on the left hand of God, but that ye hear and
know the voice by which ye shall be called, and also, the name by which he shall
13. For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger
unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?
14. And again, doth a man take an ass which belongeth to his neighbor, and keep him?
I say unto you, Nay; he will not even suffer that he shall feed among his flocks,
but will drive him away, and cast him out. I say unto you, that even so shall it
be among you if ye know not the name by which ye are called.
15. Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding
in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you his, that you may
be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life, through
the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of him who created all things, in heaven
and in earth, who is God above all. Amen.