King Benjamin Gives his Sermon
A just and righteous king admonishes his people, the Nephites, to obey God as he has, before he dies. He teaches about service- “when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God,” humility before God- “I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants,” (Mosiah 2:17, 21) and that “the natural man is an enemy to God,” (Mosiah 3:19.) So powerful was his example as a king, and his testimony of salvation through Christ’s atonement, that all of his people had “a mighty change in… [their] hearts, that [they had] no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually,” (Mosiah 5:2.)
On top of a 20-foot-tall monolithic pedestal within the monument will be a life-size-and-a-half King Benjamin, bent over preaching one of his last sermons.