What’s happening? Helaman is recounting the miraculous preservation of his young warriors.
Why does it matter? They are a perfect example of putting their trust in the Lord’s hands then going to work (or war, as the case may be).
Between the lines: Although Helaman’s warriors are a dramatic example of faith during threatening times, we can apply it to a thousand different examples in our own lives.
Quote of the day: “I think that is one of the greatest tributes that has ever been paid to motherhood-that in circumstances such as they were experiencing, when they were surrounded by enemies, they could train their children to have that faith in God that would carry them through and would bring them home without losing their lives.” ~ GA Smith, Conference Report, 1943
57:9 Why would the soldiers “sleep upon” their swords? What would be the equivalent in today’s spiritual battles?
57:21 Why is it important to follow commandments with exactness? See also 2 Nephi 28:30 and Alma 12:9.
“There is a principle we can learn from these examples in the scriptures. As we are obedient and try to follow the direction we receive from the Lord to the best of our ability, we are blessed and receive further spiritual insights and strength to live the gospel.” ~ SD Somerfeldt, 2006, Exactness Discipleship
57:21 Helaman must have been moved by these young warriors saying their mothers had taught them faith because he mentioned it twice (Alma 56:48). Why do you think it impacted him so much?
“As the world continues to watch us, let us be certain that our example will sustain and support the plan the Lord has designed for His children here in mortality. The greatest teaching of all must be done by righteous example. Our homes must be holy places in order to stand against the pressures of the world. Remember that the greatest of all the blessings of the Lord come through and are given to righteous families. We must carefully continue to evaluate our performance as parents. The most powerful teaching a child will ever receive will come from concerned and righteous fathers and mothers.” ~ LT Perry, 2014, Finding Lasting Peace and Building Eternal Families
57:25-27 Why do you think not one of the striplings warriors died?
57:27 What does firm in mind suggest? See also Jacob 3:2 and Moroni 7:29-30.
“There is a great wealth of intelligence and guidance and safety available to you through regular, thoughtful prayer and scripture study. This keeps your minds firm and steadfast in holy places as you walk the halls at school or shop for clothing or surf the Internet.” ~ SG Larsen, 2002, Standing in Holy Places
57:35-36 The Nephite victories end with gratitude to God. What “great thing” has He done for you?
“Our Father in Heaven has given us, His children, much more than any mortal mind can comprehend. Under His direction the Great Jehovah created this wondrous world we live in. God the Father watches over us, fills our hearts with breathtaking joy, brightens our darkest hours with blessed peace, distills upon our minds precious truths, shepherds us through times of distress, rejoices when we rejoice, and answers our righteous petitions. He offers to His children the promise of a glorious and infinite existence and has provided a way for us to progress in knowledge and glory until we receive a fulness of joy. He has promised us all that He has. If all that is not enough reason to love our Heavenly Father, perhaps we can learn from the words of the Apostle John, who said, ‘We love him, because he first loved us’ (John 4:19).” ~ DF Uchtdorf, 2009, The Love of God