The sermon of King Benjamin to his people from the tower at the Temple is amazing. However, we can even learn principles from the context given in the Book of Mormon.
It says in Mosiah 2:6 “And they pitched their tents round about the temple, every man having his tent with the door thereof towards the temple, that thereby they might remain in their tents and hear the words which King Benjamin should speak unto them…”
So what do we learn this minor mention of context? It made me think – what do we point our tent door towards? The Nephites pointed towards the temple and the words of King Benjamin (which were the words of the Lord) – do we?
Another example of this is given in the Bible in Genesis 13:12-13 which says “…and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent towards Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.” Later on, Lot and his family had many trials because of where they decided to pitch their tent towards. Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed, forcing Lot’s family to flee and his wife looked back (after being commanded not to do so) and became, according to the scripture, a ‘pillar of salt’.
These two stories show a contrast between the people and, as a consequence, the result. The Nephites learned from King Benjamin and their sins were forgiven whereas Lot and his family struggled.
Wherever we point our tent doors shows our devotion to the Lord. How do we observe the Sabbath? This has been a focus recently from leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and something for all it’s members to consider.