The Book of Mormon tells of beloved King Benjamin, who taught his people by word
and deed. He spoke of his reign, and how he himself had labored, so that he people
would not be taxed to support him, and then taught them this wonderful truth:
“And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn
that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service
of your God.”
The Book of Mormon tells the happy story of a time in Nephite history when they had
a very good leader, King Benjamin. He led his people to live peacefully; he set
an example of righteous living for them; he didn’t even tax his people to support
him, but worked for his own support. Finally, before he died, he taught them about
their Savior Jesus Christ, and encouraged them to make a covenant to follow their
Lord, a profound discourse remembered for generations, and one which can still instruct
King Benjamin, a holy man, in righteousness he reigned.
By strength of faith and might of will, the victory he gained.
On plains of war and fields of peace he crushed the serpent’s head;
With wisdom, hope, and selfless life – with virtue pure he led.
This is a collage of six Book of Mormon prophets. Starting in the top right is the
Brother of Jared with the stones. Going clockwise we next have Enos praying, then
King Mosiah wearing the Urim and Thummim. Next is Nephi with his bow, then Abinadi.
The prophet Ether is then in the middle of the drawing.
The artist referred to two scriptures that inspired her as this painting was created:
(1) Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning; and God having redeemed man
from the fall, men became again, in their infant state, innocent before God" (Doctrine
and Covenants 93:38). (2) "For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from
the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings
of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through
the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble,
patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to
inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father" (Mosiah 3:19).
Our Savior created all things with His love through His words, and we can feel God’s
love through all things around us. The followers of Christ can inherit eternal life,
for everyone who keeps the Lord’s commandments, acts in faith, and works righteousness
will receive a crown of eternal life. “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to
bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).
“This is the same theme as my other piece by the same title that was shown at the
LDS Church History Museum, just a more realistic take on the figure begging. This
piece will be shown at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Waco from Oct 27 to Nov 4,
2012. The bluebells represent grattitude in the Japanese language of flowers.
"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one
of these...shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?" Matthew 6:28-30”
Shortly after Mosiah was consecrated king by his father, Benjamin, a contingent of
sixteen strong men, led by Ammon was granted leave to see if they could discover
what had happened to the group of Nephites that were lost to them. This group had
departed many years before, led by Zeniff to try to reinherit the lands of Nephi
and had not been heard from since.
Ammon was a descendant of Zarahemla (Mulekite) and a Christian who had loved the
words that King Benjamin had preached before he died. He also seems to have been
given priesthood although did not feel worthy to use it when an opportunity presented
itself to baptize king Limhi.
Ammon and his men wandered many days in the wilderness before coming to the city
of Nephi. They saw the king outside the walls of the city and tried to approach him
but were arrested and imprisoned for two days before they could expain who they were.
King Limhi, was overjoyed when he found out who they were and, with the help of Gideon,
Ammon were able to help them all escape from their Lamanite bondage and travel to
the land of Zarahemla in the north where they would be safe.