What’s happening? The next generation of the people of Ammon are going to go to war with the prophet.
Why does it matter? There will be miracles and help from heaven because of faith and covenant keeping.
Between the lines: We see the new, righteous traditions taught to the stripling warriors shape how they react during the atrocities of war.
Quote of the day: “ The responsibility mothers have today has never required more vigilance. More than at any time in the history of the world, we need mothers who know. Children are being born into a world where they “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). However, mothers need not fear. When mothers know who they are and who God is and have made covenants with Him, they will have great power and influence for good on their children.” ~ JB Beck, 2007, Mothers Who Know
56:5 What’s important to remember about going to war for your country? See D&C 98:16
56:6-8 Why didn’t the prophet Helaman want the people of Ammon to break their covenant not to take up arms?
56:16-19 What are some things we can learn from Antipus and his men to do when we’re discouraged?
56:27 We hear about the stripling warriors’ mothers, but what do we learn in this verse about their fathers?
“Under the direction of their prophet-leader, these young men took their fathers’ place in defense of their families and homes. The events surrounding this critical decision demonstrate how the Atonement of Jesus Christ brings personal strength to the lives of the children of God. Consider the tender feelings of those fathers. How must they have felt to know that the rebellious actions of their past prevented them from protecting their wives and children at that moment of need? Knowing personally of the atrocities their sons would now face, they must have privately wept. Fathers, not children, are supposed to protect their families! Their sorrows must have been intense.” ~ RG Scott, 2013, Personal Strength Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ
56:38-40 In what ways are the actions of the Nephite armies symbolic of our need to avoid temptation and sin during the current war on sin? See also D&C 76:29.
56:44-46 Why is courage a necessary trait in the faithful?
“Decisions are constantly before us. To make them wisely, courage is needed: the courage to say no, the courage to say yes. Decisions do determine destiny. The call for courage comes constantly to each of us. It has ever been so, and so shall it ever be. The battlefields of war witness acts of courage. Some are printed on pages of books or contained on rolls of film, while others are indelibly impressed on the human heart.” ~ TS Monson, 1986, Courage Counts
56:47-48 Why are the actions and words of these young warriors a great tribute to their mothers? Do you think their mothers would have been proud of them?
“May each of us treasure this truth: One cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God. Why? Because these two sacred persons, God and mother, partners in creation, in love, in sacrifice, in service, are as one.” ~ TS Monson, 1998, “Behold Thy Mother”
56:56 Why do you think Helaman and his warriors gave credit to God for their strength and preservation? For another example they would have learned in their history, read Mosiah 8:16.