In many ways, King Benjamin’s speech has stood as The Book of Mormon’s version of an ancient General Conference. And though the kind of large gathering his people experienced on that occasion are almost entirely unheard of in our present circumstances, we can still remain united in our hearts as we follow the prophet.
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Elder Neal A. Maxwell called the chapters we are studying today the “Manual of Discipleship”. Since Mormon could include only the hundredth part of the records he had available to him, this may be the reason he zeroed right in on King Benjamin’s address and gave us so much of it. He knew we in the latter days would want to learn discipleship too.
What an exciting thing to talk about this week: the newness of life that comes and the celebration of Easter—the atoning sacrifice, death and resurrection of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Easter is a time to remember the everlasting love of our Heavenly Father. It is a time to renew our trust in Him because he is trustworthy. The Lord Jesus Christ prepared an escape of death and hell, and we hold the promise of a glorious resurrection.
I grew up behind the Iron Curtain in Bulgaria. Religiously, I would have called our family Chreasters, since Christmas and Easter were pretty much the only times we went to church. The Communist regime was very repressive when it came to religion and regular gatherings weren't permitted. Easter Sunday though, was like a shaft of light through the shadows.
Many gospel teachers have explained Jacob’s allegory of the tame and wild olive trees as it applies to the history of the house of Israel. Instead, let’s liken the allegory of the olive trees to ourselves. We don’t do that very often.
As much as we know about Moses, Isaiah, Nephi, Alma, and other prophets, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had the Book of Zenos? What other stories or teachings might it contain?