To strengthen the children’s commitment to keep their baptismal covenants and follow Jesus Christ.
Why did King Benjamin have the people assemble together? (Mosiah 1:10.)
How do we hear or receive the words of the living prophets? (General conference, Church publications, Church meetings, and so on.)
Tell the children about the latest general conference of the Church. If possible, show them a copy of the conference issue of the Ensign or international magazine. Compare this conference to the meeting King Benjamin held with his people. Explain how the Church helps all its members receive messages from the President of the Church and other General Authorities through radio, television, and satellite broadcasts and through printed materials. Discuss some of the topics from the last conference. Encourage the children to read or listen to the messages from the next general conference and follow the counsel of our prophets and leaders.
How can we prepare ourselves to listen to the words of our leaders? (Mosiah 2:9.)
“During general conference and later as you study the words spoken there, listen for His voice.” – President Uchtdorf (http://www.lds.org/friend/2011/01/listen-for-his-voice?lang=eng)
“We have a living prophet on the face of the earth again, even President Thomas S. Monson. He knows our challenges and fears. He has inspired answers. There is no need to fear. We can have peace in our hearts and peace in our homes. We can each be an influence for good in this world by following the commandments of God and relying on true repentance, the power of the Atonement, and the miracle of forgiveness…It is our responsibility not only to listen but also to act upon His word that we may claim the blessings of the ordinances and covenants of the restored gospel. He said, “I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise” (D&C 82:10)” (http://www.lds.org/liahona/2008/07/heeding-the-voice-of-the-prophets?lang=eng)
What Do We Learn in LDS General Conference?
“A fine member of the Church was talking with a neighbor who was not of our faith. When the topic of discussion turned to general conference, the neighbor asked, “You say you have prophets and apostles? And twice a year in a worldwide conference they reveal the word of God?”
“Absolutely,” the member replied with confidence.
The neighbor thought about that for a moment. He seemed genuinely interested and then asked, “What did they say in the last general conference?”
At this point the good member of the Church went from feeling excited about sharing the gospel to feeling embarrassed. Try as he might, he couldn’t think of the details of a single talk.
His friend found this troubling and said, “You mean to tell me that God speaks to man in our day and you can’t remember what He said?”
The brother felt humbled by this exchange. He vowed that he would do better to remember the words spoken by the Lord’s servants in general conference.” (http://www.lds.org/liahona/2011/09/general-conference-no-ordinary-blessing?lang=eng)
How did King Benjamin serve his people? (Mosiah 2:12–15.)
How did King Benjamin say we can serve Heavenly Father? (Mosiah 2:16–19.)
How do you think serving others shows our gratitude and love for Heavenly Father?
What are we promised if we obey Heavenly Father’s commandments? (Mosiah 2:22.)
What did King Benjamin teach the people about Jesus Christ? (Mosiah 3:5–7, 9–10.)
What great act of service did Christ perform for each of us? (Mosiah 3:11–13.)
What did King Benjamin say would happen if we keep the commandments? (Mosiah 2:41.)
How did the people respond to King Benjamin’s teachings? (Mosiah 5:2.)
What can we do to experience this mighty change? (Mosiah 3:19.)
What did King Benjamin’s people covenant to do? (Mosiah 5:5–9.)