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KnoWhy #84 - Why Were Benjamin and Mosiah Such Beloved and Effective Leaders? (Mosiah 6:6)
|Title||KnoWhy #84 - Why Were Benjamin and Mosiah Such Beloved and Effective Leaders? (Mosiah 6:6)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Discipleship; King Benjamin; Kingship; Leadership|
Mormon, as he “searched among the records which had been delivered into [his] hands” (Words of Mormon 1:6), found the stories of two early Nephite kings who greatly impressed him as men who were both righteous leaders and faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. He regarded Benjamin as “a holy man” (Words of Mormon 1:17), and his son, Mosiah, as one who “did walk in the ways of the Lord” (Mosiah 6:6).
Mormon saw Benjamin as an example of a righteous leader who had labored “with all the might of his body and the faculty of his whole soul” and was able to “once more establish peace in the land” (Words of Mormon 1:18), and his son was the same manner of disciple-leader. Unlike some other Nephite leaders, such as the wicked King Noah, Kings Benjamin and Mosiah led by righteous example and could be held up as models of discipleship for centuries to come.
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