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Helaman 5

Helaman 5


“Surrounded by Fire”

Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment

Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 19

The Book of Mormon tells of Christian missionaries who were imprisoned and threatened with death.  But God provided a miracle to save them, and to persuade the people to listen to their message:

“And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi were encircled about as if by fire, even insomuch that they durst not lay their hands upon them for fear lest they should be burned.  Nevertheless, Nephi and Lehi were not burned; and they were as standing in the midst of fire and were not burned.”

Helaman 13

Helaman 13:2-4


Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus

Mabel Jones Gabbott and Grietje Terburg Rowley

Children’s Songs, 36

Samuel the Lamanite told the people that the Savior would be born in five years’ time.  He gave them a sign of the Lord’s birth:  There would be a day and a night and a day as if it had been one long day.  The sun would set, but it would not get dark.  This prophecy was fulfilled in the Promised Land.

Helaman 13:7


He Did Bring Glad Tidings to My Soul  

Walter Rane

Oil on board, 2003.  Commissioned.  

Samuel the Lamanite brought the message that so many prophets have brought:  chastisement for sin and wickedness, and a warning of destruction.  But he also brought, as did others, the glad tidings of hope and salvation through the Savior upon conditions of repentance.

Helaman 13:27


Samuel the Lamanite Prophesies from the City Wall

Arnold Friberg

Samuel the Lamanite was sent by God to warn the people of the Nephite city of Zarahemla of their coming destruction, due to the corruption of their culture and values.  A few listened, but most tried to shoot him down and not hear his message.

“Behold, if a man shall come among you and shall say: Do this, and there is no iniquity; do that, and ye shall not suffer; yea, he will say: Walk after the pride of your own hearts; yea, walk after the pride of your eyes, and do whatsoever your heart desireth – and if a man shall come among you and say this, ye will receive him, and say that he is a prophet.”

Artist's notes:

With the next picture, SAMUEL THE LAMANITE PROPHESIES FROM THE CITY WALLS, we are drawing close to the time of the birth of Christ. It is a notable point in the Book of Mormon that long before the Savior’s time on earth there was clear talk of His name and of His future appearance. His followers were already called Christians, and there was cruel persecution of those who believed and who looked forward to His coming.

One strong voice for Christ was the prophet Samuel the Lamanite. He proclaimed not only the coming of the Savior, but boldly foretold the signs, and even the very time of His birth and death.  Here we are witness to the violent determination of his enemies to silence him, seeking to kill him with their slings and arrows. So that for his “pulpit” he had to stand atop the high walls of the city, from whence he then escaped. The artist has sought to convey the powerful drama of this epic event.

Helaman 14

Helaman 14:2


“Then He Comes, Then He Comes”

Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment

Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 20

Five years will pass by, then He comes, then He comes,

The Son of God comes, our Redeemer.

So cried Samuel out from the top of the wall

To the Nephites, who thought him a dreamer.

Helaman 14:12


That Ye Might Believe in His Name

Walter Rane

Oil on board, 2002.  Commissioned.  

Although threatened by Nephites who wanted to shoot him down from the wall, Samuel the Lamanite explained the great importance of his message:

“And also that ye might know of the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and of earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and that ye might know of the signs of his coming, to the intent that ye might believe on his name.”

Helaman 16

Helaman 16:2


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.”

Helaman 16:2


Samuel the Lamanite

Steve Nethercott - Real Heroes Posters

The Book of Mormon records that a prophet named Samuel the Lamanite came to the Nephite capital city Zarahemla a short time before the birth of Christ.  Samuel tried to teach the Nephites, but they ejected him from their city.  He would have given up the mission, but the Lord told him to go back.  So he stood on the city wall and taught the people.  He taught them that when Christ was born in the land of Jerusalem, the people of the Americas (Promised Land) would experience a night with no darkness.  His major message was one of repentance.  Again, the people rejected his words, and shot arrows and stones at him.  But God protected him from all these projectiles, and he left when he had completed his mission of testimony and prophecy.

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