“Nevertheless, we may console ourselves in this point, that they have died in the cause of their country and of their God, yea, and they are happy.”
The most striking part of this verse is the tense that Helaman uses to describe the state of those who were murdered by the Lamnites. He does not say that they were happy or that they will be happy, but says that they are happy. This confidence that the righteous dead were in a state of happiness if extraordinary. Helaman knew that those faithful in Christ are delivered to a state of great joy. He understood the plan of salvation and truly believed in it.