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Book of Mormon - Lesson 32

Book of Mormon
Lesson 32
�They Did Obey � Every Word of Command with Exactness�

Lesson Highlights
  • Two thousand valiant young Ammonites covenant to fight for the liberty of the Nephites.
  • The young soldiers exercise faith in God and fight courageously.

A study of this lesson will help us see that the Lord will strengthen us as we follow the example of Helaman�s valiant young soldiers.

Scripture references for study: Alma 53�63
Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked to the LDS Scriptures at LDS.org and will open in a new window.

The Two Thousand Sons

The war between the Nephites and the Lamanites continues.

  • The Nephites had promised to defend and protect the people of Ammon, the Anti-Nephi-Lehis.
    • When this noble people saw the suffering the Nephites were going through in their behalf, "they were moved with compassion and were desirous to take up arms in the defence of their country" (Alma 53:13).
    • When Helaman saw that these people were about to break their oath and once again take up arms, he spoke to them and persuaded them not to do so. WHY?
      • "And Helaman feared lest by so doing they should lose their souls" (Alma 53:15).
        • President Lorenzo Snow: "If we as Elders fail to keep the covenants we have made, namely, to use our time, talent, and ability for the upbuilding of the kingdom of God upon the earth, how can we reasonably expect to come forth in the morning of the first resurrection identified with the great work of redemption?" (Journal of Discourses, 18:301-302)
    • ". therefore all those who had entered into this covenant were compelled to behold their brethren wade through their afflictions, in their dangerous circumstances at this time" (Alma53:15).
      • "But behold, it came to pass they had many sons, who had not entered into a covenant that they would not take their weapons of war to defend themselves against their enemies; therefore they did assemble themselves together at this time, as many as were able to take up arms, and they called themselves Nephites. And they entered into a covenant to fight for the liberty of the Nephites, yea, to protect the land unto the laying down of their lives; yea, even they covenanted that they never would give up their liberty, but they would fight in all cases to protect the Nephites and themselves from bondage." (Alma 53:16-17)
      • The Ammonites not only agreed to serve and defend, but they entered into a noble covenant to never give up their liberty and that they "would fight in all cases to protect the Nephites and themselves from bondage" .
      • President Ezra Taft Benson tells us about the power of entering into and keeping covenants and we see this demonstrated in the story of the 2000 sons of the Ammonites:
        • "Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life in the service of God will find eternal life." (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p361)

These 2000 young men asked Helaman to be their leader (see Alma 53:19 ). Helaman was a prophet and high priest.

  • "And now it came to pass that Helaman did march at the head of his two thousand stripling soldiers, to the support of the people in the borders of the land on the south by the west sea." (Alma 53:22)
  • Can you imagine a military unit being led by President Monson, President Nelson, or any of those that have been called to the apostleship?
    • President Harold B. Lee: "The power of Satan will increase; we see it in evidence on every hand.
      "Now the only safety we have as members of this church is to do exactly what the Lord said to the Church in that day when the Church was organized. We must learn to give heed to the words and commandments that the Lord shall give through his prophet, 'as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me;�as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.' (D&C 21:4-5.) There will be some things that take patience and faith. You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. It may contradict your political views. It may contradict your social views. It may interfere with some of your social life. But if you listen to these things, as if from the mouth of the Lord himself, with patience and faith, the promise is that 'the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name's glory'." (CR, Oct 1970, p152)

Helaman marched with his army to the city of Judea to strengthen the army of Antipus.

  • While in the city of Judea, the fathers of the Ammonite army brought in supplies. The armies of Antipus and Helaman were joined by an additional force of 2000 sent from Zarahemla.
  • Helaman wrote, "And the Lamanites, thus seeing our forces increase daily, and provisions arrive for our support, they began to be fearful, and began to sally forth, if it were possible to put an end to our receiving provisions and strength." (56:29)
  • In a strategy to draw the Lamanites out of their fortress of protection, Helaman led his army to a neighboring city as if they were carrying provisions.
    • This drew the Lamanite army out of the city of Antiparah in pursuit of Helaman's army.
    • The army of Antipus then pursued the Lamanite army. Helaman's army did not stop because the Lamanite army was in pursuit. The Lamanite army dared not stop, once they realized Antipus was in pursuit, or they would be surrounded.
    • " But it came to pass that they did not pursue us far before they halted; and it was in the morning of the third day of the seventh month. And now, whether they were overtaken by Antipus we knew not, but I said unto my men: Behold, we know not but they have halted for the purpose that we should come against them, that they might catch us in their snare; Therefore what say ye, my sons, will ye go against them to battle?" (Alma 56:42)
    • "Father, behold our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth; we would not slay our brethren if they would let us alone; therefore let us go, lest they should overpower the army of Antipus" (Alma 56:46).
  • Consider Helaman's commentary, "Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them" (Alma 56:47).
      • Helaman states that these young warriors rehearsed to him the words of their mothers. Not only did they learn it from their mothers, but they gave their mothers credit. (see Alma 56:48 )
      • President Ezra Taft Benson: "Remember well the Book of Mormon account of Helaman's two thousand stripling warriors and how the teachings of their mothers gave them strength and faith. These marvelous mothers taught them to put on the whole armor of God, to place their trust in the Lord, and to doubt not. By so doing not one of these young men was lost. (See Alma 53:10-23; 56:41-56.) My young brethren, I counsel each of you to draw close to your own mother. Respect her. Honor her. Receive your mother's counsel as she loves and instructs you in righteousness." (Come Listen To A Prophet's Voice, pp1-2)
      • President Spencer W. Kimball: "To be a righteous woman during the winding-up scenes on this earth, before the Second Coming of our Savior, is an especially noble calling. The righteous woman's strength and influence today can be ten fold what it might be in more tranquil times. She has been placed here to help to enrich, to protect, and to guard the home�which is society's basic and most noble institution. Other institutions in society may falter and even fail, but the righteous woman can help to save the home, which may be the last and only sanctuary some mortals know in the midst of storm and strife." (Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p326)
      • Is there any question about the important role of mothers? Satan is clearly waging a war against motherhood, for he knows the power of righteous mothers teaching their children.
    • The Results: ". never were men known to have fought with such miraculous strength" (Alma 56:56). The battle was won. This great Lamanite army surrendered. And "there had not one soul of them fallen to the earth" (Alma 56:56).
  • In a later battle with the Lamanites, the Nephite army was about to give way. Helaman writes:
    • "But behold, my little band of two thousand and sixty fought most desperately; yea, they were firm before the Lamanites, and did administer death unto all those who opposed them. And as the remainder of our army were about to give way before the Lamanites, behold, those two thousand and sixty were firm and undaunted. Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them." (Alma 57:19-21)
    • Again, the Nephites were victorious due to the strength of the 2000 Ammonite warriors.

Admonition of the First Presidency issued in 1942: "To our young men who go into service, no matter whom they serve or where, we say live clean, keep the commandments of the Lord, pray to Him constantly to preserve you in truth and righteousness, live as you pray, and then whatever betides you the Lord will be with you and nothing will happen to you that will not be to the honor and glory of God and to your salvation and exaltation. There will come into your hearts from the living of the pure life you pray for, a joy that will pass your powers of expression or understanding. The Lord will be always near you; He will comfort you; you will feel His presence in the hour of your greatest tribulation; He will guard and protect you to the full extent that accords with His all-wise purpose. Then when the conflict is over and you return to your homes, having lived the righteous life, how great will be your happiness--whether you be the victors or of the vanquished--that you have lived as the Lord commanded. You will return so disciplined in righteousness that thereafter all Satan's wiles and stratagems will leave you untouched. Your faith and testimony will be strong beyond breaking. You will be looked up to and revered as having passed through the fiery furnace of trial and temptation and come forth unharmed. Your brethren will look to you for counsel, support, and guidance. You will be the anchors to which thereafter the youth of Zion will moor their faith in man." (CR, Apr 1942)

  • These were the kind of men these 2000 Ammonites were. Every man or woman that enters military service should be this kind of person. Can you image the power of an army filled with such soldiers?

The War Continues

It is interesting to note as we study these chapters on war, how the innovative strategies of Moroni and other Nephite leaders actually stopped the shedding of blood in many instances. This is a tribute to the greatness of Captain Moroni as a man, a general, and a leader. He revered the sanctity of life and did not wish to inflict death except when absolutely necessary in the preservation of liberty and his beloved nation.

Moroni and Pahoran.

  • As you recall, Helaman had written to Moroni and spoken of his 2000 sons and also his concern for the lack of support from the central government for this war of defense.
  • In Alma 59 Moroni sent an epistle to Pahoran (chief judge) requesting him and the people to send more assistance to the front lines where Helaman and his army were fighting.
  • When the lack of support continued, "it came to pass that Moroni was angry with the government, because of their indifference concerning the freedom of their country" (Alma 59:13).
  • Moroni writes again to Pahoran:
    • "But behold, great has been the slaughter among our people; yea, thousands have fallen by the sword, while it might have otherwise been if ye had rendered unto our armies sufficient strength and succor for them. Yea, great has been your neglect towards us. And now behold, we desire to know the cause of this exceedingly great neglect; yea, we desire to know the cause of your thoughtless state. Can you think to sit upon your thrones in a state of thoughtless stupor. while your enemies are spreading the work of death around you? Yea, while they are murdering thousands of your brethren--" (Alma 60:5-7)
    • "And now, my beloved brethren--for ye ought to be beloved; yea, and ye ought to have stirred yourselves more diligently for the welfare and the freedom of this people ; but behold, ye have neglected them insomuch that the blood of thousands shall come upon your heads for vengeance; yea, for known unto God were all their cries, and all their sufferings-- Behold, could ye suppose that ye could sit upon your thrones, and because of the exceeding goodness of God ye could do nothing and he would deliver you? Behold, if ye have supposed this ye have supposed in vain." (Alma 60:10-11)
    • "But why should I say much concerning this matter? For we know not but what ye yourselves are seeking for authority. We know not but what ye are also traitors to your country. Or is it that ye have neglected us because ye are in the heart of our country and ye are surrounded by security. that ye do not cause food to be sent unto us, and also men to strengthen our armies?" (Alma 60:18-19)
    • "And except ye grant mine epistle, and come out and show unto me a true spirit of freedom, and strive to strengthen and fortify our armies, and grant unto them food for their support, behold I will leave a part of my freemen to maintain this part of our land, and I will leave the strength and the blessings of God upon them, that none other power can operate against them-- And this because of their exceeding faith, and their patience in their tribulations-- And I will come unto you, and if there be any among you that has a desire for freedom, yea, if there be even a spark of freedom remaining, behold I will stir up insurrections among you, even until those who have desires to usurp power and authority shall become extinct." (Alma 60:25-27)
  • These are rather strong words from Captain Moroni.
      • R EAD ALMA 61:9,14 .

"But behold, because of the exceedingly great length of the war between the Nephites and the Lamanites many had become hardened, because of the exceedingly great length of the war; and many were softened because of their afflictions, insomuch that they did humble themselves before God, even in the depth of humility." (Alma 62:41)

    • See Alma 62:49-51 .
    • " And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." (Ether 12:27)
    • President Spencer W. Kimball: "Being human, we would expel from our lives physical pain and mental anguish and assure ourselves of continual ease and comfort, but if we were to close the doors upon such sorrow and distress, we might be excluding our greatest friends and benefactors. Suffering can make saints of people as they learn patience, long-suffering, and self-mastery. The sufferings of our Savior were part of his education." (Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p168)
Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the events discussed in Alma 53-63. What principles can you apply to your life from the story of Helaman's two-thousand young soldiers?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Come Listen To A Prophet's Voice by Ezra Taft Benson.

Conference Reports (CR).

Journal of Discourses (JD).

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson.

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Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson: 32-35 — War Chapters

Book of Mormon: Gospel Doctrine Lesson #32-35: War Chapters
Temporal Warfare – Learning Lessons about Spiritual Warfare
by Dave Hadlock

Aside from the Isaiah chapters, the war chapters can be some of the most difficult for me to read, especially after having read them many times. Hopefully, this will give you some new ideas to consider as you read through them the next time.
In Moses chapter 4, Moses depicts a scene that took place in the pre-mortal realm. He states that Satan was with the Lord God in the beginning and he went before the Lord in some sort of council stating, “Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost” (Moses 4:1).

It would seem that Satan had good intentions and desired for all mankind to be saved. Yet, if we look more closely at what he was proposing, that was never his intention. The Lord said this about Satan, “wherefore…Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I the Lord God, had given him” (Moses 4:3). Without agency, it is impossible for man to be saved. In fact, without agency and the ability for intelligence to “act for itself…there is no existence” (D&C 93:29). Or in the words of Nephi, without “opposition in all things…it must needs have been created for naught; there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation” (2 Nephi 2:11-12). Nephi continued that “all things must have vanished away” (2 Nephi 2:13). In other words, Satan knew that restricting our agency would have resulted in a wasted creation. The world would have returned to a state of chaos. Without the important building block of agency, there is no existence. It is impossible for mankind to be saved and exalted without the ability to choose. We can’t develop the attributes of deity without making choices.

Thus, I believe Satan never desired for man’s redemption and salvation; but rather (as Moses stated), he desired God’s honor and glory. According to Doctrine & Covenants 29:36, God’s honor is the source of his power. In the pre-mortal realm, Satan was really rebelling against our Father….he was not suggesting an alternative plan for the redemption and salvation of mankind. He desired to usurp God’s power and authority and to bring all mankind into his submission. That war for power and control which began in the pre-mortal realm continues throughout mortality. Satan’s desire is to bring us into his submission. While the Book of Mormon war chapters teach us principles that can help guide us in actual temporal warfare (including justification for war betweens nations and I would suggest between individuals), these chapters also teach us principles in spiritual warfare against Satan’s hosts.

At the commencement of these long series of wars in Alma 43, we read that Moroni, “had prepared his people with breastplates and arm-shields, yea and also shields to defend their heads, and also they were dressed with thick clothing” (Alma 43:19). Almost as an afterthought, we find out that the Nephites were dressed also with a thick clothing. What might this have been and what does this have to do with preparation for spiritual warfare. This is is one of the first things Moroni does in preparation for battle; yet we have little scriptural insight into what he was actually doing.

Our first hint at what Moroni may have been doing comes in Alma 49. The Lamanite leaders had prepared their warriors for battle imitating the preparations of Moroni. In Alma 49:6, we learn that they had “prepared themselves with shields, and with breastplates; and they had also prepared themselves with garments of skins; yea, very thick garments to cover their nakedness.” If they were imitating the Nephites, then we learn from this that Moroni’s thick clothing was made of “skins”. This begs the question…what kind of “skins” is Moroni referring to? Jumping forward in the war chapters to 3 Nephi, we find that the Gadianton robbers were now attacking the Nephites and that “they were girded about after the manner of robber; and they had a lamb-skin about their loins, and they were dyed in blood” (3 Nephi 4:7). It seems that the “thick skins” were lamb skins. If so and if they were imitating Moroni in his preparations for battle, it seems like Moroni was preparing his men for spiritual battle by dressing his warriors in the robes of the lamb, meaning the “Lamb of God” whose blood was shed in sacrifice. While these lamb skins may have served a practical purpose, it is just as likely the Moroni was spiritually dressing his warriors in the robes of their God. If we are fighting for God, he will endow (which means “to dress” from the Greek word enduo ) and empower us to fight in His behalf. He will also give us guidance and principles for so doing. As we look at Mormon practices, I don’t think it is coincidence that most of our ordinances are done at a relatively young age. We are dressed in the robes of the Lamb early in life in preparation for the battles of mortality.

The actions of the Lamanites here also give us insight into the manner in which Satan works. He seeks to destroy by imitating the Son of God. One of Satan’s primary methods he uses to subjugate us is to deceive us by transforming himself “nigh unto an angel of light” (2 Nephi 9:9). The Lamanites and Gadianton robbers transformed themselves nigh unto the Nephites by dressing themselves in the robes of the Lamb.

As we read through the war chapters, we can look for strategies that allow us to maintain ourselves free from Satan’s bondage. Strategies that help keep us in a place where we cannot be deceived. Some of these strategies might include the following:

  • Alma 43:23 – Following the words of the prophet
  • Alma 43:35 – Surrounding and eradicating wickedness from our environment
  • Alma 46 – Making and keeping covenants
  • Alma 47 – Standing in Holy Places
  • Alma 47 – Recognizing that Satan “poisons by degrees”
  • Alma 48-49 – Strengthening our weaknesses
  • Alma 53 – Cleaning the inner vessel (clean from within first)
  • Alma 54 – Learning and remembering the reasons why we do what we do – the “why” matters

I believe we have more power over evil as we understand Satan’s motives and as we understand his strategies in our own lives. The battle that began in the pre-mortal realm is real and continues in this realm. Satan’s goal is to bring us into bondage. The Book of Mormon can be an instruction manual that shows us ways of fighting wickedness in the world.

Book of Mormon - Lesson 41

Book of Mormon – Lesson 41 Scriptures: Lesson Summary:

This Lesson is one of my favorites. It’s a very valuable example to us of how important the scriptures are. In these few chapters, The Savior quotes Isaiah 54 regarding the scattering and gathering of Israel. He then tells Nephi to make sure to record the prophesy and fulfillment of prophesy given by Samuel the Lamanite regarding the dead rising during the resurrection of the Lord.

Then He quotes Malachi 3 and 4. the last two chapters of what we know as The Old Testament. In one fell swoop over a couple of chapters, The Savior quotes from their existing scriptures (Brass Plates – Isaiah 54 ), has them record a scripture from one of their prophets (Samuel), and finally, He gives them 2 new scriptures (Malachi 3 and 4 ) that they did not know of.

Remember, Malachi lived around 200 years after Lehi left for Jerusalem, so Lehi and his decendants did not have his words. The Nephites were given these scriptures and told that they were for future generations. So we learn a few things from this lesson:

  • The scriptures need to be studied, search, pondered and prayed about.
  • The Book of Mormon, in particular was written specifically for our day.
Lesson Quotes:

A few quotes from modern prophets regarding these verses can help shed some furhter insight into the meaning of components of this lesson.

“The prophets likened latter-day Zion to a great tent encompassing the earth. That tent was supported by cords fastened to stakes. Those stakes, of course, are various geographical organizations spread out over the earth. Presently, Israel is being gathered to the various stakes of Zion. …

“… Stakes are a defense for the Saints from enemies both seen and unseen. The defense is direction provided through priesthood channels that strengthens testimony and promotes family solidarity and individual righteousness” (“Strengthen Thy Stakes,” Ensign, Jan. 1991, 2, 4 ).

Next, regarding Isaiah 54 . and the metaphor of the Church as the bride and the Savior as the groom, Quoted by The Savior in 3 Nephi 22: 4–10 . Elder Jeffrey R. Holland taught: “The imagery of Jehovah as bridegroom and Israel as bride is among the most commonly used metaphors in scripture, being used by the Lord and his prophets to describe the relationship between Deity and the children of the covenant.

… Christ has, on occasion, been rightfully angry with backsliding Israel, but that has always been brief and temporary—’a small moment.’ Compassion and mercy always return and prevail in a most reassuring way. The mountains and the hills may disappear.

The water of the great seas may dry up. … But the Lord’s kindness and peace will never be taken from his covenant people. He has sworn with a heavenly oath that he will not be wroth with them forever” (Christ and the New Covenant [1997], 290).

Next we have 3 Nephi 23:1 where The Savior says that we should search these words (the scriptures) and study them. On this subject, Elder Henry B. Eyring said: “We treasure the word of God not only by reading the words of the scriptures but by studying them.

We may be nourished more by pondering a few words, allowing the Holy Ghost to make them treasures to us, than by passing quickly and superficially over whole chapters of scripture” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1997, 115; or Ensign, Nov. 1997, 84 ).

Finally, one of my favorite quotes is based on 3 Nephi 26 . In this chapter, Mormon records the fact that The Savior expouned ALL things unto the Nephites. Everything from the creation of the Earth to the end of the Earth. As Mormon was about to abridge the record from the large plates of Nephi (see History of Plates Diagram ) regarding this matter, he was stopped and prompted by The Lord to not write them. Rather, he was to record only a small portion, the lesser of the events.

This would be a test to future generations to allow us to prove ourselves to be worthy of the full sealed portions of The Gold Plates. Regarding the sealed plates, President Spencer W. Kimball said: “I have had many people ask me through the years, ‘When do you think we will get the balance of the Book of Mormon records?’

And I have said, ‘How many in the congregation would like to read the sealed portion of the plates?’ And almost always there is a 100-percent response. And then I ask the same congregation, ‘How many of you have read the part that has been opened to us?’

And there are many who have not read the Book of Mormon, the unsealed portion. We are quite often looking for the spectacular, the unobtainable. I have found many people who want to live the higher laws when they do not live the lower laws” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball [1982], 531–32).


Please take the time to read the scriptures in this lesson (3 Nephi 22 . 23. 24. 25. 26 ). It only takes about 30 minutes or so. Pay particular attention to 23 and 26. In 23, The Savior teaches the value of studying and recording the scriptures, and in 26. we learn of the amazing expounding of the entire gospel and history of the earth.

As Mormon points out, we’re not ready to receive that yet, but just hearing/reading that the account happened is amazing. Remember, we must first take the time to fully understand the principles we have been given: The Atonement (Faith and Repentence). I dare say that none of us has mastered or fully understands The Atonement. This is what’s important to our salvation. Let us study it, and internalize it.