After Helaman died, the pride and contention among the Nephites caused many Nephites to join the Lamanites.
The majority of the Nephites became wicked. Nephi and Lehi, the sons of Helaman, devoted themselves to preaching the word of God. Their father, Helaman, the son of Helaman, had taught them to remember their Redeemer and to make Him the foundation of their lives (Helaman 5:12). After teaching the Nephites, Nephi and Lehi went to preach among the Lamanites. The Lamanites cast them into prison. The Lord miraculously delivered Nephi and Lehi, and as a result the majority of the Lamanites repented of their sins and converted to the gospel.
President Spencer W. Kimball said, “When you look in the dictionary for the most important word, do you know what it is? It could be remember. Because all of you have made covenants—you know what to do and you know how to do it—our greatest need is to remember” (“Circles of Exaltation” [address to Church Educational System religious educators, June 28, 1968], 5).
In Helaman 5, we see some very important things that we are to “remember”. Verse 12 is the final and perhaps the best recognized “remember” statement of the chapter.
President Spencer W. Kimball also taught, “We, too, are faced with powerful, destructive forces unleashed by the adversary. Waves of sin, wickedness, immorality, degradation, tyranny, deceitfulness, conspiracy, and dishonesty threaten all of us. They come with great power and speed and will destroy us if we are not watchful. But a warning is sounded for us. It behooves us to be alert and to listen and flee from the evil for our eternal lives. Without help we cannot stand against it. We must flee to high ground or cling fast to that which can keep us from being swept away. That to which we must cling for safety is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our protection from whatever force the evil one can muster. (“Hold Fast to the Iron Rod,” Ensign, Nov. 1978).
And the Lord’s promise in Helaman 5:12 is sure, “it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.”
“CANNOT FALL”–what a great promise! Why can’t someone fall off of the “rock of the redeemer”? Well, Moses 7:53 says, “I am Messiah, the King of Zion, the Rock of Heaven, which is broad as eternity; whoso cometh in at the gate and climbeth up by me shall never fall”. It is pretty much impossible to fall off of a rock that is “broad as eternity”. I guess that is another good reason as to why the “wise man” did not get washed away! (see Matthew 7:24-27). Standing in holy places and being not moved is part of building on the “rock of our Redeemer”.
Interestingly, the account of Nephi and Lehi being freed from the Lamanite prison follows these memorable “remembers” at the beginning of Helaman 5. As you think of their experience, consider how they were able to stand in holy places and build on the rock of our Redeemer even as they stood in the Lamanite prison. Their experience brings a whole new dimension to the thoughts that I have previously shared. I hope you will take some time to ponder their deliverance and consider how these principles are illustrated. You and I may will face similar challenges, but we will also be delivered as we build upon the rock of our Redeemer by standing in holy places, and being not moved!