Book of Mormon
Lesson 32
“They Did Obey … Every Word of Command with Exactness”


Lesson Highlights

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
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Lesson 32 Handout (PDF)


The Two Thousand Sons

The war between the Nephites and the Lamanites continues.

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

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

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)


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.

"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)


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.

Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.


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