What’s happening? The Lamanites attack two Nephite cities.
Why does it matter? All the Nephites’ preparations are going to pay off while the Lamanites are going to make promises they can’t keep.
Between the lines: The Lamanites swore an oath to destroy the city of Noah without knowing the current conditions there. They also swore the oath to a man who didn’t care about their welfare. This is a good reminder to make promises to those we can trust and in the right circumstances.
Quote of the day: “It is clear… that there are times and circumstances when nations are justified, in fact have an obligation, to fight for family, for liberty, and against tyranny, threat, and oppression.” ~ GB Hinckley, 2003, War and Peace
49:7-9 How is being prepared for battle symbolic of being prepared for daily challenges in this life? See also 1 Peter 5:8, D&C 76:29, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9.
“The war that began in heaven continues to this day. In fact, the battle is heating up as the Saints prepare for the return of the Savior.” ~ LR Lawrence, 2017, The War Goes On
49:13-14 How did a little earlier preparation make a big difference for the people in the land of Noah?
49:16-17 Who was Lehi? See also Alma 53:2.
49:25-28 How did Amalickiah react to the results of the battle and how did the people of Nephi?
49:30 What do we learn about the formerly wayward Corianton here? How does that give us hope as humans who need to repent?