All transgressions must be cleansed, all weaknesses must be overcome, before a person can attain perfection and godhood. Listen to the talk and as you listen, highlight the part(s) that stands out to you. Such flattery, when replaced by honesty and truth, can spell political disaster. (See Hel. All of these are the natural results of sin and transgression. (The Prophetic Book of Mormon, p. 349). Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. 8–11). (DC 64:25)" (God, Family, Country, p. "...the spirit of revelation [is] when you feel pure intelligence flowing into you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas, so that by noticing it, you may find it fulfilled the same day or soon; (i.e.) The only pre-Columbian weapon I can find that was similar to a sword was the macuahuitl which was made with a plank of wood similar in shape to a cricket bat with obsidian blades mounted on the edges. Helaman 14:2–7, 20–25. Start the week off right with a Family Home Evening that is focused around the upcoming week’s Come, Follow Me. In your scripture journals, jot down your answers to the following questions: How can you be like Samuel and share the gospel with others despite your fears? Come, Follow Me Daily Study Guide for the week of August 31-September 6, 2020 covering Helaman 13-16. Chastened: To have been pursued or chased after Why Did Samuel Say the Lord Hated the Lamanites, Scripture Study for the Latter-Day Saint Families, Can you think of any signs the Lord has given to help you believe in Him? We call him a false prophet and 'cast him out and seek all manner of ways to destroy him.' (To Draw Closer to God, p. 65). READ Helaman 13:1-4 and Helaman 16:1-5. The Nephites and the Lamanites had, in so far as righteousness was concerned, to a great extent, changed places...The majority of the Lamanites...walked circumspectly before God; they were full of faith and integrity, were zealous in the work of converting their fellows, and in keeping the commandments of God according to the Law of Moses. That is the way that we ought to do, and cultivate a spirit of devotion and trust in God, dedicating ourselves to him, and seeking his blessings.' Sometimes the problem isn’t that they don’t believe in prophets. His signs were a little different than these signs. Set out different colors of paper, scissors, glue sticks, glitter, markers, etc.. that your family can use to make signs. His forthright, principled policies started a political firestorm. VIDEO: Why Did Samuel Say the Lord Hated the Lamanites 24.)" From Helaman 16:1-6, list the three distinct reactions of the people to Samuel's message of repentance. The Lord provided signs of the Savior’s birth and death. It is one thing to depreciate a person who exercises corporate power or even government power. 2:13.). All such buried treasures had to be used for the temple and nothing else. (Jude 1:8.) Disclaimer: Melanie’s Library is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Be creative! But those warnings consistently included a merciful invitation to repent. Some farmers agreed. This is it, whether we are thrilled or disappointed, busy or bored! ONE LAST STEP: Check your email to confirm your subscription. Helaman 13:31-36 More than 300 years later, Mormon saw the fulfillment of that prophecy: And these Gadianton robbers, who were among the Lamanites, did infest the land, insomuch that the inhabitants thereof began to hide up their treasures in the earth; and they became slippery, because the Lord had cursed the land, that they could not hold them, nor retain them again. 13 But blessed are they who will repent, for them will I spare. It may contradict your political views. Using a small toy or doll to represent Samuel, let the children take turns helping “Samuel” climb the … Helaman 13 . Why God places curses on the land, on riches, and the people (vv. Living prophets of our dispensation have likewise reminded us to be firm and steady in the faith (see Helaman 6:1). ... And when you do, do you go through the operation like the grinding of a piece of machinery, or do you bow in meekness and with a sincere desire to seek the blessing of God upon you and your household? One would assume that Samuel did not mean to convey the thought that God actually hated the Lamanites, at least not in the sense that mortal men hate one another. At least when you're poor, you know you don't have any money. (Latter-day Commentary on the Book of Mormon compiled by K. Douglas Bassett, p. 391). Helaman 13. Then after the talk, review and/or share and discuss what you have highlighted. President John Taylor said, 'Do you have prayers in your family? If it were not for the few righteous people in the city, you would be destroyed by fire. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. 13 And behold, in the end of this book ye shall see that this Gadianton did prove the overthrow, yea, almost the entire destruction of the people of Nephi. READ Helaman 13:5, 9-10. As the Lamanite prophet Samuel taught, when a prophet comes among us and speaks of our iniquities, we are made angry. Furthermore, because of pride, they had been cursed with the violence of the sword at the hands of the Gadianton robbers instead of the Lamanites who had become righteous. How can knowing about Samuel help when you suffer persecution? (Hel. "Do not be misled by Satan's lies. Prior to Samuel's prophecy, the Nephites were already under a curse. FIRST DISCUSS: Before acting out the story, be sure to discuss what were some of the things that Samuel told the people. READ: Helaman 15: 5-6 and ask what does “unwearied diligence” mean to you? READ: Helaman 15:4 and discuss what he might have meant when he said he hated the Lamanites. Lust dies at the next dawn, and when it returns in the evening, to search where it may, it is with its own past erased.' G. Homer Durham [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1943], p. How can you be like Samuel and share the gospel with others despite your fears? 389. (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, p. 621-2), "You folk in the Church and out of the Church heard a prophet of God bear testimony that this was the only true and living Church upon the earth. (The Gospel Kingdom, sel. Imagine how frustrated the money grubbing Nephites must have been to return to the site of their hidden treasure only to find it gone! It can never be recalled or used for any other purpose without being de-secrated. It may interfere with some of your social life. Bitterness, jealousy, anger, and even hate begin to grow. Their messages involve the very purpose of life and creation. President Marion G. Romney said, 'Tithing is a debt which everyone owes to the Lord for his use of the things that the Lord has made and given to him to use. 1–4 – Situering in context, tijd en plaats: slechte Nephieten, goede Lamanieten, 86e jaar, Zarahemla. "What is con-secrated is then made sacred, withdrawn from the ordinary economy, dedicated to a particular purpose and to that purpose only. (DC 21:6)" (Conference Report, Oct. 1970, p. 152). The Savior had the same problem that Samuel did. In spite of my limited Spanish, my faith, prayers, and a desire to learn and obey sustained me as I 'climbed upon my wall' that morning. Many of the Nephites did. To see one possible explanation, read the following verses. Why do you suppose some believed his words and sought to be baptized? Have fun! "Such was the condition of affairs when the Lamanite prophet, Samuel, appeared among the citizens of Zarahemla...[After he prophesied in Zarahemla], the voice of Samuel was never heard again among the people of Nephi, but in later years, Jesus, Nephi, Mormon, and others quoted his prophecies or referred to his testimony. You can find it by clicking HERE. . The Lord apparently sensed this weakness in His children, for He said: 'Wherefore, if ye believe me, ye will labor while it is called today.' Accordingly the intent of this book is to stress the vital importance of each of us transforming his life through repentance and forgiveness. Divide your family into 2 groups. It is flattery to tell the servant of Satan that there is no devil. Compare Luke 16:27-31." Note well the sequence of folly: first we are well pleased with ourselves because of our wealth, then comes the game of status and prestige, leading to competitive maneuvers, hatred, and dirty tricks, and finally the ultimate solution. Leitworts in Helaman 13: slippery, curse, treasure, riches, repent. They may wonder what is it like to have the Lord fill their hearts so fully that 'whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture' (DC 68:4). (Morality, p. 86), they would not suffer that he should enter...therefore he went and got upon the wall, prophesied...whatsoever things the Lord put into his heart, if it were not for the righteous who are in this great city...I would cause that fire should...destroy it, For I will, saith the Lord, that they shall hide up their treasures unto me, ye do not remember the Lord...but ye do always remember your riches, if our days had been in the days of our fathers of old, we would not have slain the prophets, if a man...say this, ye will receive him, and say that he is a prophet...because he speaketh flattering words. His prophecies parallel those shared today from our Latter-day prophets. "Nearly all the events, great and glorious, terrible and heart-rending, of which Samuel prophesied were fulfilled before the inspired historians of the Book of Mormon sealed up the Record. Tweet. Why is this so? Invite family members to humbly ask the Lord what they can do to improve. They pit their perceptions of truth against God’s great knowledge, their abilities versus God’s priesthood power, their accomplishments against His mighty works. There is no lasting happiness in immorality. For a time it may seem like everything is wonderful. Come, Follow Me Daily Study Guide for the week of August 31-September 6, 2020 covering Helaman 13-16. . Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 “Helaman 13–16: Glad Tidings of Great Joy” Help the children build a small wall with blocks or books. Which verses from Helaman 15 might explain why the first missionary efforts in the early latter-day church were directed toward Native Americans? These are also great for writing down any impressions or “Aha” moments that you might have as you study the scriptures. Remarkably, it is often the wicked who are the most self-righteous. Success! READ Helaman 13:36-38. They must have exclaimed, "I know I left it here someplace!" *This is a suggested outline that coincides with the Come, Follow Me manual. (CFM manual, pg 139), CONFERENCE TALK: By Divine Design (Improvement Era, Jan. 1967, p. Because they rejected him, he returned with stern warnings of the judgments of God. ACTIVITY: Act out the story of Samuel the Lamanite using marshmallows or wads of paper for the rocks and arrows that were thrown at him. The book continues the history of the Nephites and the Lamanites "according to the records of Helaman , who was the son of Helaman , and also according to the records of his sons, even down to the coming of Christ " ( The Book of Helaman , preface). We become fearful that our sins will be discovered. 13:27, 28.) The wisdom and justice of this last curse is self-evident. "I have given the following counsel to Church members-those who have committed themselves by upraised hands to sustain their church leaders: "Criticism is particularly objectionable when it is directed toward Church authorities, general or local. Samuel the Lamanite literally climbs on top of a city wall and preaches repentance to the wayward Nephites, narrowly escapes death, then disappears without a trace, never to be seen again. Why were others angry enough to try and kill him? ), "Henry Fairlie has written perceptively in his book The Seven Deadly Sins Today concerning how 'the lustful person will usually be found to have a terrible hollowness at the center of his life' and about 'the desert he has made of himself and his life."' "I do not know what degree of repentance would be required of us to avert some of the things that might be imminent or at least remote possibilities. “If you keep not my commandments,” a modern revelation attests, “the love of the Father shall not continue with you, therefore you shall walk in darkness” (D&C 95:12). It is similar to “worldly regret” for sin – where the sinner feels bad…that they got caught. But those warnings consistently included a merciful invitation to repent. In chapter 13, the following themes are expressed: God’s fierce anger will come unless the people repent (vv. Helaman 13:2 Samuel, a Lamanite: In the Book of Mormon story, we encounter a character named "Samuel" (Helaman 13:2) who preaches to the Nephites during the final years of the reign of the judges (Helaman 13-15), and prophesies of the coming of the King of Israel (Christ) to the Nephites. This is how he puts it: 'Ye do always remember your riches; . Significantly, the Lord doesn't speak to our minds but rather speaks to our hearts. Elder Benson, not schooled in the flattery of American politics, began to teach that subsidies to farmers should not be increased. It is suggested that the reader review the principle of "leitworter" in the commentary for Helaman 5:5-12. Of these, Samuel the Lamanite said: 'But behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure; yea, for ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head.' Love begins to die. Helaman 13-16. (Washington, D.C.: New Republic Books, 1978, p. Group 2: Helaman 14:20-27. You recall Abraham's bargaining concerning the destruction of Sodom, how he pleaded that the city would be spared if there were fifty righteous souls, then forty-five, and so on down to ten. Hugh Nibley described their misery, "it ends in utter frustration and total insecurity as morals and the market collapse together and the baffled experts surrender. " August 26, 2020. Immorality is not the verification of one's existence; instead, it is the shrinking of one's significance!" We could drift into eternity on these kinds of good intentions. "When temptations present themselves, as surely they do, we must climb upon the daily walls of life and learn to say no." 16-7), "Upon hearing President Kimball's description of the effort repentance requires, those who are now in serious sin will have a thought delivered to their minds that goes something like this: 'Well, if it is that difficult to repent, I might as well go on in sin. OR you can add Melanie’s Library to your mobile device home screen by following these instructions, click HERE, ****SONGS – For a list of suggested songs for each day of the week, be sure and check out the blog called Music for Latter-day Life by clicking HERE. Throughout the year there will be several times that I will suggest jotting something down in your scripture journal. KnoWhys KnoWhys on Helaman 13 KnoWhys on Helaman 14 KnoWhys on Helaman 15 KnoWhys on Helaman 16 Recommended Resources Learn about the Book of Mormon with verse by verse commentaries from renowned Book of Mormon scholars like John W. Welch and Brant A. Gardner in the ScripturePlus app. But if you listen to these things, as if from the mouth of the Lord himself, with patience and faith, the promise is that 'the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name's glory.' VIDEO: The Tender Mercies of the Lord Today is as much a part of eternity as any day a thousand years ago or as will be any day a thousand years hence. your hearts are not drawn out unto the Lord, but they do swell with great pride, . It is not that God does not love them, but that he simply is unable to bless them as he would those who choose the right. 13:38. Chapter Summary: Samuel predicts the signs surrounding the birth and death of Christ.Lots of death and destruction at the time of Christ's death. It is not that God does not love them, but that he simply is unable to bless them as he would those who choose the right. If there is not enough to pay all creditors, he should be paid first. In het 86e jaar van de regering der rechters (6 v.C.) 13:38; see also Alma 41:10; Morm. (Ibid, p. 279) Eventually, the truth did prevail. Read the following verses to find which one is correct. (Dallin H. Oaks, "Criticism," Ensign, Feb. 1987, 68), "You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. That He Should Return Again – Helaman 13:2-4 (1/29/2016) If a Prophet Come Among You – Helaman 13:25-26 (1/28/2016) Ye Do Not Remember the Lord Your God – Helaman 13:22 (9/23/2015) Foolish and Blind Guides – Helaman 13:29 (9/22/2015) Helaman 13:38 The Days of Your Probation Are Past (11/28/2014) Chapter 14 (The Miracle of Forgiveness, pp. The next time you are impressed with the speech of a good salesman or politician, notice how many times this is done with subtle compliments and carnal mind candy. BYU RELIGIOUS STUDIES: The Second Coming of Jesus, VIDEO: Samuel and the Star (3:04), click HERE, (Taken from Scripture Study for the Latter-Day Saint Families). In your scripture journals, jot down your answers to the following questions: "There is, of course, no salvation in believing in a dead prophet and stopping there. For instance, prophets have predicted signs that will appear before the Savior’s Second Coming. Prophets, bishops, and stake presidents are also sometimes rejected for teaching the truth. 'Lust,' wrote Fairlie, 'is not interested in its partners, but only in the gratification of its own craving. Helaman 13-16 / August 31-September 6. Give each group the following scripture verses to read on their own and to create a sign that depicts what is described in those verses, or in other words, a sign announcing to the world what is going to happen. Originally, Samuel was sent to the Nephites to share the joyful news of the Savior’s coming (see Helaman 13:7). Helaman 13-16 The preaching and prophecies of Samuel the Lamanite from the wall around Zarahemla. And I earnestly hope and pray that we may give full repentance, and others with us, to the end that our Father in heaven in his mercy and in his patience and in his love for his children, which he has declared, and in whose immortality and eternal life he has stated his earnest interest, will revise his timetables, whatever they may be, according to the degree of our repentance. Think of it. And let us not suppose that in calling people to repentance the prophets are concerned only with the more grievous sins such as murder, adultery, stealing, and so on, nor only with those persons who have not accepted the gospel ordinances. Why do you suppose some believed his words and sought to be baptized? It is a debt just as literally as the grocery bill, or a light bill, or any other duly incurred obligation. ), "Those so drained by sensuality do, in fact, seek to compensate for their loneliness by sensations. Let me tell you why. Remember the warning from Samuel the Lamanite: (Helaman 13:38)." "Samuel the Lamanite strongly reminded the Nephites that they had become casual and neglectful in living basic principles of the gospel. First, people who postpone repentance may run out of time. This is the life in which the work of this life is to be done. Unlike Elder Benson's strait and narrow course, the unscrupulous path to popularity is traveled with flattering footsteps. As with Samuel, the Lord can fill the empty mouth as promised, 'lift up your voices unto this people; speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be confounded before men; For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say' (DC 100:5-6). (Conference Report, Apr. Just the opposite is true. "On the other hand, when we obey the law of chastity and keep ourselves morally clean, we will experience the blessings of increased love and peace, greater trust and respect for our marital partners, deeper commitment to each other, and therefore a deep and significant sense of joy and happiness." Because they rejected him, he returned with stern warnings of the judgments of God. Let us rather use this precious mortal probation to move confidently and gloriously upward toward the eternal life which God our Father gives to those who keep his commandments." For personal and/or family study of the scriptures, geared towards families with teenagers, single adults, and empty nesters. 5–10 – De waarschuwing en de dreiging: de Nephieten zullen volledig verdelgd worden over amper 400 jaar. American politics are particularly characterized by this principle. It lists over 100 Come, Follow Me resources that are available online starting with the church’s resources at the top. THE TEACHINGS OF JOSEPH SMITH: The Second Coming and the Millennium Here you can find Videos, KnoWhys, and commentaries relating to each week's Come Follow Me lesson. The blessings available through the gift of the Holy Ghost are conditioned upon worthiness. There is not just one right way when it comes to studying the scriptures. Coincides with your Come, Follow Me studies. Come, Follow Me Daily Study Guide for the week of August 31-September 6, 2020 covering Helaman 13-16. My senior companion knocked on the first door and presented, what seemed to me, a very impressive door approach in fluent Spanish. In the Copper Scroll of the Dead Sea Scrolls we learn that when the Jews fled from Jerusalem before their enemies, they also buried their treasures; and they also buried them up unto the Lord so that they could never again be used in profane negotiations. 12–16). Jude condemns those who 'speak evil of dignities.' Samuël wordt geboden te prediken. 103). Elder Benson just didn't behave like other politicians, he didn't speak flattering words like he was supposed to. These lies are pleasing to the carnal mind because they fill the heart with rationalization and self-justification. (Sheri L. Dew, Ezra Taft Benson: A Biography, pp. After a talk in Church, have you ever heard someone say, “That was a great talk,” and another person say, “That talk was totally boring”?