What’s happening? Moroni devises a plan to get Nephite prisoners back from the Lamanite troops.
Why does it matter? Moroni uses strategy rather than playing into Ammoron’s hands.
Between the lines: The Nephites are successful because they consult the Lord in their plans and thank Him afterwards when it works.
Quote of the day: An echo from the people’s history is reflected in Alma 55:31: “Ye are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God. Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words” (1 Ne. 17:45).
55:5 Who was Laman? See Alma 47:20-29. What was asked of him?
“Laman would have had valid reasons to refuse to set Moroni’s plan in motion. Not only did Laman take an enormous risk by posing as an escaped Lamanite prisoner, but what if the Lamanite guards had recognized him? Laman was a wanted man—he had been suspected unfairly of murdering a former Lamanite king. Despite the danger, Laman decided to be the one to tackle the challenge. We’ll all have challenges where we have to take on a responsibility even if we’re not sure we’ll succeed—fulfilling a Church calling, volunteering to help someone in need, accepting the prophet’s call for priesthood holders to prepare to serve a mission. We can be the ones to step up to the plate, even when the obstacles ahead seem insurmountable…. We will have heavenly assistance to help us succeed in Heavenly Father’s work.” ~ A Hagman, 2013, Be the One
55:10-17 How did Moroni’s plan to free the people held prisoner by the Lamanite troops work?
55:18-19 What more do these verses tell us about Moroni?
“Grounded in the faith of Jesus Christ, Captain Moroni defended his people, their rights, and their religion. He sustained the Nephite tradition to never give offense and to raise the sword only against aggressive enemies after having approached the Lord in fervent prayer for his help and guidance. Under such gospel-principled leadership, the Nephites experienced happiness.” ~ R. Jenkins, 2009, “Peaceable Followers of Christ” in Days of War and Contention
55:27-30 What happened when the Nephites began to regain lost territory?
55:31 Why do you think the Lord blesses those “not slow to remember” Him?
“Find ways to recognize and remember God’s kindness. It will build our testimonies. You may not keep a journal. You may not share whatever record you keep with those you love and serve. But you and they will be blessed as you remember what the Lord has done.” ~ HB Eyring, 2007, O Remember, Remember