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Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert, The Earthquake,
Brigham Young University Museum of Art.

DAILY READING

Helaman 5

For Younger Missionaries

CONSIDER AS YOU READ

  • Why do you think Nephi gave up the judgment seat? Could he have been as successful at influencing the people with political power as he was as a teacher?
  • Nephi and Lehi’s father taught them and held great influence over their lives and successes. Who has been a mentor and example to you? Whom do you teach and encourage?
  • Nephi and Lehi preached to dissenters in their own lands and then to the Lamanites in the land of Nephi. Why do you suppose they taught in that order? Which do you think was harder, more joy-filled, more important?

Learn from a Missionary: Nephi and Lehi

“And thus we see that the Lord began to pour out his Spirit upon the Lamanites, because of their easiness and willingness to believe in his words” (Hel 6:36).

As I read this scripture during my personal study, it touched my heart deeply and caused me to reflect upon it for several weeks. I began to question if I found it easy to believe the word of God. And why was it easy for these Lamanite converts to believe? What happened to cause a people full of hatred and disbelief to have an easiness and willingness to believe in the word of God (see 4 Nephi 1:39)?

We learn about the cause of this change during a most remarkable year. During the 62nd year of the reign of the judges, 8,000 Lamanites in Zarahemla were converted as Nephi and Lehi taught with power and authority and had what they should teach given unto them (see Helaman 5:18–19). Three hundred others were converted through a miraculous experience in which they heard a voice that did pierce them to the very soul (see Helaman 5:30). These 300 had gone forth to kill Nephi and Lehi as they sat in prison, but the 300 found themselves calling upon God when Aminadab, who was a former Nephite and dissenter from the Church, remembered and knew they should pray till they had faith in Christ (see Helaman 5:35–41). Many more Lamanites were converted through the testimony of the 300 as they ministered unto the people, declaring what they had seen and heard (see Helaman 5:49–50).

The account of the 62nd year ends with this statement: “All these things had happened and the Lamanites had become, the more part of them, a righteous people” (Helaman 6:1)….

As I pondered what caused this mighty change in the hearts of these Lamanites, I came to realize this easiness and willingness to believe in the word of God comes from a softness of heart. It comes from having a heart that is sensitive to the Holy Ghost. It comes from having a heart that can love. It comes from having a heart that will make and keep sacred covenants. It comes from a soft heart that can feel the power of the Atonement of Christ.

This easiness to believe comes from the example of others who have soft hearts and who model this easiness to believe, such as Nephi and Lehi. Their father, Helaman, named them Nephi and Lehi to remind them of the faith of their fathers (see Helaman 5:6). Likewise, many of us have embedded in our names a legacy of faith from ancestors who had soft hearts and found it easy to believe the word of God….

An examination of our lives will reveal periods when we found it easier to believe the word of God. Periods of significant change, such as marriage or the birth of a child; periods of intense service from a new calling or a mission; periods in our youth with a wonderful bishop, youth leaders, and seminary teachers; periods of trials; and periods of growth from learning for the first time about the gospel are all periods of an easiness to believe….

If you are like me, you will find what really brought an easiness and willingness to believe were not the circumstances but the commitment to live the gospel during these periods of life. You were found more often on your knees and immersed in the scriptures during these periods. You found it easier to gather for family home evening and family prayer. You found it easy to be in church and to worship in the temple. You found it easy to pay tithes and offerings. Indeed, the daily living of the gospel brings a softness of heart needed to have an easiness and willingness to believe the word of God (Michael T. Ringwood, “An Easiness and Willingness to Believe,” Ensign, November 2009).

ADDITIONAL MEDIA

Build on the Rock
of Our Redeemer

FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES


Nephi and Lehi in Prison

QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES

  • How did these two young men change the the attitude of an entire city?
  • Did they really have to preach very much?
  • Does your face shine through the darkness? How? How do we show the love of Christ by what we do and what we are?

 

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