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An Artistic Tour of Alma 51-53

Alma 51:29-37



Fredric Ridenour

A defender of liberty, Teancum was also a proponent of early guerrilla warfare, often employing a combination of brute force with stratagem in order to win battles against the Lamanites. Teancum slew Amalickiah, evil king of the Lamanites, by piercing the king with a javelin as he slept in his tent.

Alma 53


2000 Sons Marching to War

Scott Snow

Alma 53:2


Defending Liberty

Scott Snow

Alma 53

Alma 53:16


Helaman Leads an Army of 2000 Ammonite Youth

Arnold Friberg

The Book of Mormon tells of a group of the sons of converted Lamanites.  Because of the many murders their fathers had committed before their conversions, they had made a covenant never to take the sword again, even in self-defense.  At a critical time when their enemies were attacking them on all sides, the sons of these converts made a commitment to fight for the liberty of their people and their country.   “But behold, it came to pass they had many sons, who had not entered into a covenant that they would not take their weapons of war to defend themselves against their enemies; therefore they did assemble themselves together at this time, as many as were able to take up arms, and they called themselves Nephites.”

Artist's Note:

The next painting, HELAMAN LEADS AN ARMY OF 2060 AMMONITE YOUTH is one of the most dramatic in the Book of Mormon. It is misleading that they should be called “stripling soldiers.” They were not little boys, but young men who volunteered to go into battle. They were strong and valiant, marching forth in the strength of the Lord. The book speaks at some length of them as men of truth and soberness, “men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted.” Here the artist sought to express their interior testimony of faith through picturing their physical strength.

There is in this picture something that skeptics will be quick to pounce upon—the commonly accepted “scientific proof” that there were no horses in ancient America. “Why, everybody knows the Spaniards brought the first horses,” they smartly point out. But no matter what “science” may say, in direct confrontation stands the Book of Mormon, which in several places makes clear mention of horses. Although the Book of Mormon doesn’t expressly say that Helaman rode on horseback, the artist has taken the liberty of showing him mounted. Since the book does speak elsewhere of these animals and since  I am somewhat known for my equine paintings, I could not resist including in these 12 pictures at least one horse.

Alma 53:16-18, 20,2


Helaman’s Striplings /  Samuel the Lamanite

Minerva Teichert

“After receiving a farewell and the shield of faith from their mothers, these young Lamanite men turn in sequence to walk uprightly before God and march in harmony with their fellows. Arches overhead reinforce the sense of their unity. Not having weapons in their own convert families, each is ceremonially armed by the prophet Helaman.

“Another Lamanite shielded by great faith, Samuel is protected from arrows, spears, and stones as he prophesies to the Nephites. Teichert visualizes the protective power around Samuel as heavenly rays of light. An opposing, but lesser power as well as a sense of motion is conveyed by the trail of light behind the spear. The flight angles of the spear and arrow direct our eyes to the prophet’s right hand, which is centerd in the embrasure. He has stretched forth his hand in an allusion to the signs of the crucifixion in Christ’s hands. Delivering the signs of Christ’s coming birth and death is part of Samuel’s mission, and he warns the Nephites that those who do not repent will be destroyed when Christ dies. Teichert equates Samuel with a noble savage coming out of the wild jungle adorned with earrings and a blanket, his hair dressed in a braid.”

Alma 53:16-23


The Army of Helaman

Steve Nethercott - Real Heroes Posters


The Book of Mormon says they were exceeding valiant for courage and strength and activity, who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted.

Alma 53:18


I Give You My Witness

Carolyn Blackburn

I give you my witness,

I give you my honor.

Go fight your battles

With God’s whole armor.

A father, battle worn

Who walks the path to Christ.

Liberated from

Tradition and saved

From his sins.

A hardened heart changed,

A stained sword buried,

A covenant made.

His Integrity

Now tried.

A mother, full of faith

Who taught her children

To be courageous,

To doubt not and

Humbly pray.

The mother who knows

Stands with the father

As one, aiding him,

Encouraging him,

Loving him.

A tender, stripling son

Following in righteous

Footsteps, standing firm

On the rock of his


His obedience,

Strict with exactness

Proves him worthy to

Obtain miracles

From on high.

A righteous leader

Who serves with Priesthood

Power and wisdom,

Wielding the sword of

The spirit,

Carries a mantle

Given from above

To guide and to judge,

All in the name of

Jesus Christ.

I give you my witness,

I give you my honor.

Go fight your battles

With God’s whole armor.

Alma 53:19


Helamán y los 2000 guerreros jóvenes

Jorge Cocco Santangelo

Alma 53:20


Stripling Warriors

Jody Livingston

Alma 53:23


Two Thousand Lamanite Warriors Go to Battle

Artist unknown

Acrylic on canvas

Alma 49-50 Alma 54-63