What’s happening? Preparation for war is happening on both sides.
Why does it matter? War becomes a study of good and bad examples–it brings out the best and worst in people.
Between the lines: Think about the differences between Amalickiah and the Zoramite leaders versus Captain Moroni and Helaman.
Quote of the day: “When we build a fortress of spiritual strength, we can shun the advances of the adversary, turn our backs on him, and feel the peace of the Spirit. We can follow the example of our Lord and Savior, who, when tempted in the wilderness, said, ‘Get thee behind me, Satan.’ We each have to learn by the experiences of life how to do that. Such righteous purpose is well described in the Book of Mormon when Captain Moroni prepared the Nephites to face attacks from a deceitful, bloodthirsty, power-hungry Amalickiah. Moroni constructed fortresses to protect the Nephites ‘that they might live unto the Lord their God, and that they might maintain that which was called by their enemies the cause of Christians.’ Moroni ‘was firm in the faith of Christ’ and was faithful ‘in keeping the commandments of God … and resisting iniquity.’ When the Lamanites came to battle, they were astonished by the Nephites’ preparation, and they were defeated. The Nephites thanked ‘the Lord their God, because of his matchless power in delivering them from the hands of their enemies.’ They had built fortresses for protection on the outside, and they had built faith in the Lord Jesus Christ on the inside—deep in their souls.” ~ RA Rasband, 2019, Build a Fortress of Spirituality and Protection
48:1-3 How did Amalickiah convince the Lamanites to fight?
48:5 Why did Amalickiah chose the Zoramites to be the commanders in his armies?
48:7 What was a difference in the way Amalickiah led versus Moroni?
48:8-10 What preparations against attacks did the Nephites make? When is it appropriate to prepare for war?
“We are a people of peace. We are followers of the Christ who was and is the Prince of Peace. But there are times when we must stand up for right and decency, for freedom and civilizations, just as Moroni rallied his people in his day to the defense of their wives, their children, and the cause of liberty.” ~ GB Hinckley, 2001, Times in Which We Live
48:11-13,16-18 What do we learn about Moroni in these verses?
48:18 What do we learn about Helaman and his brothers?
“Even though Helaman was not as noticeable or conspicuous as Moroni, he was as serviceable; that is, he was as helpful or useful as Moroni…. Not all of us are going to be like Moroni, catching the acclaim of our colleagues all day every day. Most of us will be quiet, relatively unknown folks who come and go and do our work without fanfare. To those of you who may find that lonely or frightening or just unspectacular, I say, you are ‘no less serviceable’ than the most spectacular of your associates. You, too, are part of God’s army.” ~ HW Hunter, 1991, No Less Serviceable