Book of Mormon
Lesson 16
Ye Shall Be Called the Children of Christ


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to seek and maintain the “mighty change” of heart that comes through exercising faith in Jesus Christ.

Scripture references for study:  Mosiah 4–6
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Lesson 16 Handout (PDF)


Mosiah 4

Summary of King Benjamin's address in Mosiah 2 & Mosiah 3.

"And 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 angel of the Lord, that he cast his eyes round about on the multitude, and behold they had fallen to the earth, for the fear of the Lord had come upon them.
    "And they had viewed themselves in their own carnal state, even less than the dust of the earth. And they all cried aloud with one voice, saying: O have mercy, and apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who created heaven and earth, and all things; who shall come down among the children of men." (Mosiah 4:1-2)

"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 remission of their sins, and having peace of conscience, because of the exceeding faith which they had in Jesus Christ who should come, according to the words which king Benjamin had spoken unto them." (Mosiah 4:3)

READ MOSIAH 4:4-10. Salvation comes through Christ to those who trust in the Lord.

READ MOSIAH 4:13-15.

READ MOSIAH 4:19-25. We ought to impart of our substance, one to another.

"And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster 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." (Mosiah 4:27)

"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 watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue 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." (Mosiah 4:29-30)


Mosiah 5

"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. 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." (Mosiah 5:1-2)

READ MOSIAH 5:3-7.

"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.... 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 call you." (Mosiah 5:9,12)


Mosiah 6

  1. Following his father's great address, Mosiah began his reign as king over the Nephites.
  2. "And king Mosiah did cause his people that they should till the earth. And he also, himself, did till the earth, that thereby he might not become burdensome to his people that he might do according to that which his father had done in all things."
  3. (Mosiah 6:7)

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the conclusion of King Benjamin's address and the impact on the Nephites. In what ways can you apply these principles in your life.


Resources Used In This Lesson

A New Witness for the Articles of Faith by Bruce R. McConkie

Conference Reports (CR).

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon by Joseph Fielding McConkie and  Robert L. Millett (DCBM).

Journal of Discourses (JD).

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).


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