Journey through the Book of Mormon: Alma 58 (He Did Speak Peace to Our Souls)

10 Therefore we did pour out our souls in prayer to God, that he would strengthen us and deliver us out of the hands of our enemies, yea, and also give us strength that we might retain our cities, and our lands, and our possessions, for the support of our people.
11 Yea, and it came to pass that the Lord our God did visit us with assurances that he would deliver us; yea, insomuch that he did speak peace to our souls, and did grant unto us great faith, and did cause us that we should hope for our deliverance in him.

I don’t know if this is deliberate or not, but it seems to me that Helaman’s response to the lack of provisions differs drastically from that of Moroni. When Moroni does not get provision he writes a bitter and caustic letter which accuses the chief judge of treason. Helaman in contrast responds by turning to the Lord in prayer. And rather than get angry, he is blessed with peace from God. I think we can learn to emulate Helaman rather than Mormon in how we respond to adversity. We can respond prayerfully rather than angrily. We can choose to respond with love and compassion. We can choose the better path.


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