The Book of Mormon records a sad time of war between the Nephites and the Lamanites:
“And the bodies of many thousands are laid low in the earth, while the bodies of
many thousands are moldering in heaps upon the face of the earth; yea, and many thousands
are mourning for the loss of their kindred.”
As part of the BBC commemoration of the centenary of World War 1, Libera travelled
to France and Belgium in May to film a special 'Songs of Praise' programme.
Book of Mormon prophet Alma had wished to be an angel to preach repentance. But
more careful thought caused him to recognize that God has the situation under control;
He gives to every people the messages that He sees fit in His wisdom.
The Mapleton Chorale, accompanied by John Sergeant on the piano
words by William Hurn, 1754-1829; music by John Darwall, 1731-1789
The people of the Book of Mormon, being a group of Israelites, had the Old Testament
as written up to about 600 B.C. They knew the scripture, “Choose ye this day whom
ye will serve,” and made it the basis of their law establishing freedom of religion.
At the same time many of them made that choice for God, recognizing their need for
Alma the Bookof Mormon prophet had an encounter with an anti-christ who refused to
believe in God. Alma offered, among other evidences, “the earth, and all things
that are upon the face of it. . . Do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.”
Alma taught, “All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things
that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets
which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.”
Alma prayed for his fellow missionaries in preaching the gospel to a hardened people:
“Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our brethren; therefore,
give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren, again
You’ll know it is good by its growth and its light.
You will feel it enlarging your soul.
Experiment now, test the word by your faith
As you nourish and help it to grow.
Alma taught the allegory of faith being like a seed, as recorded in the Book of Mormon:
“We will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be
planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not
cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold,
it will begin to swell within your breasts: and when you feel these swelling motions,
ye will begin to say within yourselves - It must needs be that this is a good seed,
or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth
to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
words by Virginia Maughan Kammeyer; music by Crawford Gates
Alma 32:28, 42-43
Book of Mormon prophet and missionary Alma concluded his allegory of faith being
like a seed: “Because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the
word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck
the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet,
and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure;
and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not,
neither shall ye thirst. Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith,
and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring
forth fruit unto you.
words by Matilda Watts Cahoon; music by Mildred Tanner Pettit
In the Book of Mormon, Alma counsels his son, “When thou liest down at night lie
down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest
in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God.”
music by Carl Maria von Weber, arranged by Henry Greatorix
Book of Mormon prophet Alma said to his son, “There is no other way or means whereby
man can be saved, only in and through Christ. Behold, he is the life and the light
of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness.
text by Eliza R. Snow; music by Charles Davis Tillman
Alma, in the Book of Mormon, told his son, “Thus we see that all mankind were fallen,
and they were in the grasp of justice; yea, the justice of God, which consigned them
forever to be cut off from his presence. And now, the plan of mercy could not be
brought about except an atonement should be made; therefore God himself atoneth for
the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy, to appease the demands of
justice, that God might be a perfect, just God, and a merciful God also.”
Helaman, the leader of the group of young warriors who joined to defend their country’s
liberty, felt great affection and respect for his charges. Marilyn Arnold and Maurine
Ozment composed “My Little Band,” found in their book Sacred Hymns of the Book of
My little band, my sons, my sons, will ye to battle go?
Will you fight fiercely for the right against our ruthless foe?
What say ye, sons, so young and pure, will you coarse weapons wield?
Will you fight bravely at my side, with virtue as your shield?
The Army of Helaman was successful in their first battle. Although they received
many wounds, not one of them perished. The Book of Mormon states, “Their minds are
firm, and they do put their trust in God continually.”
Priesthood men’s choir from the Salt Lake County, Utah institutes of religions
words by Ruth May Fox, 1853-1958; music by Alfred M. Durham
April 2012 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
General Priesthood Session
The Book of Mormon explains that, although the Nephite armies, including the
Army of Helaman, had been successful in driving out the occupying Lamanites. However,
they needed reinforcements of food and men, and for an unknown reason they were not
forthcoming. The young men “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.”
Helaman described, in the Book of Mormon, the young warriors in these words: “They
have received many wounds; nevertheless they stand fast in that liberty wherewith
God has made them free; and they are strict to remember the Lord their God from day
to day. . . And their faith is strong in the prophecies concerning that which is
words by Karolina Wilhelmina Sandell-Berg; translated by Andrew L. Skoog;
music by Oscar Ahnfelt
Aholnul Botanical Gardens of Kauai, Hawaii
The Book of Mormon tells of a national hero named Teancum, who fought valiantly for
his country’s freedom. In the end, he single-handedly took out the king of the opposition,
who was trying to enslave his people. But Teancum died in the operation.
Dallyn Bayles & the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square
The Book of Mormon records a time of great wickedness among the Nephites, with murder,
contentions, and dissensions, and “all manner of iniquity.” However, it also says
that because of the prayers of the righteous, the nation was spared.