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.
“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).
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.” (emphasis added)
“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 in Matthew 7:24-27! Standing in holy places and being not moved is part of building on the “rock of our Redeemer”.
Helaman 5:12–Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “I Have A Question!”
“A firm foundation? The sure way? ‘It is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God’ that every one of us, young or old alike, must build. Why? To what end? ‘That when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you [and your students and your society and your own hopes and dreams, he, the devil], 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.’
“That strength, brothers and sisters, undergirds our position on every question of doctrine, history, or Church practice that can and often does arise as the work unfolds. You have heard those questions. They are not new. They first arose in the neighborhood of Palmyra when the 14-year-old Joseph first reported his heavenly vision, and they continue in one form or another to the present day. We have recently addressed a dozen or so of these issues in a series of essays, desiring to be both accurate and transparent within the framework of faith. Not all gospel questions have answers—yet—but they will come.
“In the meantime, I have a question. What conceivable historical or doctrinal or procedural issue that may arise among any group could ever overshadow or negate one’s consuming spiritual conviction regarding the Father’s merciful plan of salvation; His Only Begotten Son’s birth, mission, Atonement, and Resurrection; the reality of the First Vision; the restoration of the priesthood; the receipt of divine revelation, both personally and institutionally; the soul-shaping spirit and moving power of the Book of Mormon; the awe and majesty of the temple endowment; one’s own personal experience with true miracles; and on and on and on? Talk about a question! It is a mystery to me how those majestic, eternal, first-level truths so central to the grandeur of the whole gospel message can be set aside or completely dismissed by some in favor of obsessing over second- or third- or fourth-level pieces of that whole. To me, this is, in words attributed to Edith Wharton, truly being trapped in ‘the thick of thin things.'” (From, “Be Not Afraid, Only Believe,” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland • Address to CES Religious Educators • February 6, 2015. ~~FOR THE COMPLETE TALK, CLICK HERE)
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!
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