21 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.
Captain Moroni and Alma’s son Helaman were again preparing for battle with the Lamanites. Because of their covenant to never take up weapons of war again, the people of Ammon could not fight to protect themselves from the Lamanites. Their young sons had not entered into this covenant, and they volunteered to fight to protect their freedoms and families. Helaman became the leader of this young army.
Helaman’s 2,000 stripling warriors had great faith in God. They had been taught by their mothers to trust in the Lord and be obedient to the commandments. When they had to go to battle against the Lamanites, they knew God would help them if they were righteous. They fought valiantly, and when the battle was over Helaman was overjoyed to discover that not one of them was killed in battle. Heavenly Father had protected them.
Heavenly Father can protect us in our battle against evil. If we are faithful, obedient, and trust in God, we will have His loving protection in our lives.
“Like Helaman’s 2,000 stripling warriors, you also are the spirit sons [and daughters] of God, and you too can be endowed with power to build up and defend His kingdom. We need you to make sacred covenants, just as they did. We need you to be meticulously obedient and faithful, just as they were.” M. Russell Ballard
What does the word “stripling” mean? (A boy in his teenage years, who has not yet grown to his full size.)
Why was Helaman’s army made up of teenage boys instead of grown men?
Why were these young men successful in battle?
How can the example of the stripling warriors help us fight against evil?
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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