Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



FARMS symposium, King Benjamin, Book of Mormon symposium, Neal A. Maxwell, discipleship


"Benjamin's Speech" was the topic of the Ninth Annual FARMS Symposium, held on April 13. More than 1600 people filled the auditorium of the Joseph Smith Building at BYU and flooded into overflow rooms to hear keynote speaker Elder Neal A. Maxwell, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, talk on "King Benjamin's Sermon: A Manual for Discipleship." Elder Maxwell taught that "admiration for the Lord leads to emulation of the Lord," and King Benjamin was the perfect example of this type of discipleship. Elder Maxwell also taught that we must count and weigh all of our blessings, as did King Benjamin; we need Benjamin's sense of proportion about the big and little blessings, about God's immediate goodness and his infinite goodness.