Book of Mormon prophet 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, sang Mack Wilberg’s
triumphant musical “Arise, O God, and Shine” at the Springville Museum of Art. (LDS
Hymns, 265; 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
Kelly Chiodo sings “I Need My Heavenly Father,” while accompanying herself on the
guitar. (Children’s Songbook, 18; words and music by Judith Wirthin Parker, 1919-2000)
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.”
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.
Young Charlotte Hottena sings “On a Golden Springtime.” (Children’s Songbook, 88;
words by Virginia Maughan Kammeyer, 1925-1999; music by Crawford Gates, b. 1921)
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.
The song “Faith” musically presents this message. (Children’s Songbook, 96; words
by Beaterice Goff Jackson, b. 1943; music by Michael Finlinson Moody, b. 1941)
In the Book of Mormon, Alma quoted the prophet Zenos’s beautiful and encouraging
words about prayer.
The Lower Lights, a Bluegrass gospel group, sings a mellow and musical “Secret Prayer.”
(LDS Hymns, 144; words and music by Hans Henry Petersen, 1835-1909)
Amulek, Book of Mormon missionary, fervently encouraged his hearers to pray always
to the Lord.
Alma, in the Book of Mormon, testifies that those who put their trust in God shall
be supported in their trials and troubles and afflictions, and shall be lifted up
at the last day.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with a marvelous baritone soloist, Shane Warby, sings
“Does the Journey Seem Long?” at General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints. (LDS Hymns, 127; words by Joseph Fielding Smith, 1876-1972;
music by George D. Pyper, 1860-1943)
In the Book of Mormon, Alma recalls how Lehi saw God in heaven, surrounded by numberless
concourses of angels, in the attitude of singing and praising their God, and his
soul longed to be there.
Bujor Florian Lucian plays, on the organ, “Lord, Accept Our True Devotion.” (LDS
Hymns, 107; words by Richard Alldridge, 1815-1896; music by Joseph J. Daynes, 1851-1920)
Book of Mormon prophet Alma testifies that he knows God will raise him up at the
last day, to dwell with him in glory.
Fernando Ortega sings a joyful musical “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.” Illustrated.
(LDS Hymns, 72; words by Joachim Neander, 1650-1680; translated by Catherine Winkworth,
1829-1878; music by William S. Bennett ,1816-1875 and Otto Goldschmidt, 1829-1907)
In the Book of Mormon, Alma counsels his son: “O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom
in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God.”
Mormon Channel presents “Families Can Be Together Forever.” Illustrated, and with
video of Henry B. Eyring teaching about families. (LDS Hymns, 300; words by Ruth
M. Gardner, 1927-1999; music by Vanja Y. Watkins, b. 1938)
James Hebdon on the piano plays a foot-stomping “In Our Lovely Deseret.” (LDS Hymns,
307; words by Eliza R. Snow, 1804-1887; music by George F. Root, 1820-1895)
Cara Marie Harris sings a lively and upbeat “Quickly I’ll Obey,” from her album True
Focus. (Children’s Songbook, 197; words by Thelma J. Harrison, 1906-1991; Russian
Alma, in the Book of Mormon, counseled his son: “Cry unto God for all thy support.”
In the Book of Mormon, Alma tells his son: “Let all thy doings be unto the Lord,
and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord.”
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, in General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints, sings “Oh, May My Soul Commune with Thee.” (LDS Hymns, 123;
words and music by Lorin F. Wheelwright, 1909-1987)
Book of Mormon prophet Alma advises his son, “Let all thy thoughts be directed unto
Pan Flute Duet plays a musical “As the Shadows Fall.” (LDS Hymns, 168; words by Lowell
M. Durham, Jr., 1943-1997; music by Lowell M. Durham, b. 1917)
Alma counsels his son, as recorded in the Book of Mormon, “Let the affections of
thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.”
Alma, in the Book of Mormon, told his son, “Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings,
and he will direct thee for good.”
Amanda W. Smith plays a beautiful, improvised piano musical number, “Beauty Everywhere.”
(Children’s Songs, 232; words by Matilda Watts Cahoon, 1881-1973; music by Mildred
Tanner Pettit, 1895-1977)
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.”
Pat Boone gently and soothingly sings “Now the Day Is Over.” (LDS Hymns, 159; words
by Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834-1924; music by Joseph Barnby, 1838-1896)
Tenor Richard Jose sang “Softly Now the Light of Day,” which was recorded in 1904.
(LDS Hymns, 160; text by George W. Doane, 1799-1859; music by Carl Maria von Weber,
1786-1826, arranged by Henry Greatorix, 1813-1858)
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.
“Guide Me to Thee” Illustrated. (LDS Hymns, 101; words and music by Orson Pratt
In the Book of Mormon Alma taught, “There is a time appointed that all
shall rise from the dead.”
Alex Boyé and the Utah Valley University Institute of Religion Choir presents
a lovely “I Will Rise.”
Alma taught his son, as recorded in the Book of Mormon, “See that you are merciful
unto your brethren; deal justly, judge righteously, and do good continually.”
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.”
The Nephites of the Book of Mormon were loyal to their liberty and their country,
in the face of invasion.
The United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, United States Academy
of West Point, the United States Coast Guard Academy, accompanied by the United States
Army Herald Trumpets present “The Star-Spangled Banner.” (LDS Hymns, 340; words by
Francis Scott Key, 1779-1843; music by John Stafford Smith, 1750-1836)
This video of “True to the Faith” was made of the Cultural Celebration at the dedication
of the Gilbert Arizona Temple. (LDS Hymns, 254; words and music by Evan Stephen,
In the Book of Mormon, Captain Moroni, that great defender of his country’s liberty,
prayed and designated all the land, north and south, as a land of liberty.
Here are two presentations of the “Mexican National Anthem.” <Mexicanos, al grito
de guerra.> (Words by Francisco González Bocanegra, 1824-1861; music by Jaime Nunó,
A group of young men in the Book of Mormon covenanted to fight for the liberty of
their nation, even at the peril of their own lives.
The First Baptist Church choir and orchestra, of Panama City, Florida, presents a
stirring “For All the Saints.” (LDS Hymns, 82; words by William Walsham How, 1823-1897;
music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958)
The Book of Mormon recounts how a group of young men were determined to serve God
and their country to the end as soldiers in an army, led by the prophet Helaman.
The Army of Helaman, in the Book of Mormon, was composed of young and valient men,
who, as the Book of Mormon recounts, “were true at all times in whatsoever thing
they were entrusted.”
The Arizona Dancentennial of 2012, with the youth wearing colorful outfits, presented
“As Zion’s Youth in Latter-days” as the closing number of their musical presentation.
(LDS Hymns, 256; words by Susan Evans McCloud, b. 1945; Irish melody)
A priesthood choir from Ogden and Logan Institutes presents “See the Mighty Priesthood
Gathered” at General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
(LDS Hymns, 325; words by Jean L. Kaberry, 1918-1997; music by Robert P. Manookin,
The Book of Mormon record that the young soldiers of the Army of Helaman were “men
of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God
and to walk uprightly before him.”
This version of “Stand for the Right” is simply illustrated. (LDS Children’s Songbook,
159; words and music by Joseph Ballantyne, 1868-1944)
The Goldfield Ward Primary presents “I Will Be Valiant” with illustrations. (LDS
Children’s Songbook, 162; words and music by Vanja Y. Watkins, b. 1938)
Alma 56 – 58
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, wll 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.”
At the General Priesthood Session of the April 2012 General Conference of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a priesthood men’s choir from the Salt Lake
County, Utah institutes of religions, sang “Carry On.” The institutes were University
of Utah, LDS Business College, Taylorsville, Jordan, Sandy, and Westminster Institutes
of Religions. (LDS Hymns, 255; words by Ruth May Fox, 1853-1958; music by Alfred
M. Durham, 1872-1957)
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.”
Lara Johnson performs “When Faith Endures” from her album Songs of Everlasting
Joy, “a lush production of string, piano and vocals of sacred hymns Lara arranged
and performed.” Illustrated. (LDS Hymns, 128; words by Naomi W. Randall, 1908-2001;
music by Stephen M. Jones, b. 1960)
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
Fountainview Academy, in the beautiful Aholnul Botanical Gardens of Kauai, Hawaii,
perform “Day by Day.” (Music by Karolina Wilhelmina Sandell-Berg, 1832-1903; translated
by Andrew L. Skoog; music by Oscar Ahnfelt, 1813-1882)
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.