Nephi delivers up the judgment seat to Cezoram. It sounds as if those who choose evil outnumber the righteous, “therefore they were ripening for destruction, for the laws had become corrupted.” (2)
Nephi “had become weary because of their iniquity” (4) and decides to preach the rest of his days; also Lehi, his brother. Their father, Helaman, brought them up to worship God, and as adults, they haven’t forgotten his teachings.
What are we teaching our children through word and example?
Here’s what Helaman taught his sons:
- Keep the commandments of God.
- Do good works. He named them after righteous forefathers, “that when you remember your names ye may remember them” and their good works (6)
- Don’t boast about good things you do. (8)
- Lay up treasures in heaven for the purpose of receiving that “precious gift of eternal life…” (8)
- Remember Christ. “…Yea, remember that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come; yea, remember that he cometh to redeem the world.” (9)
Do we hold fast to the teaching and faith we have been taught?
There will be a time when all of us are challenged in some way that tests us, that rocks us to our core, that stirs up doubt or fear. When those times come, we must hold fast to Christ. He is the Only One who can save us, as Helaman taught.
Jesus said, ‘If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.’ The size of your faith or the degree of your knowledge is not the issue—it is the integrity you demonstrate toward the faith you do have and the truth you already know.”Jeffrey R. Holland, Lord I believe, May 2013
What do I demonstrate through my actions and choices about my faith?
Am I honest and true and firmly set on the foundation of Christ?
Or do I sometimes waver?
How can I demonstrate integrity for the faith I have in Jesus Christ right now?
Helaman taught his son that Christ will “not come to redeem them IN their sins, but to redeem them FROM their sins.” (10) When we are in sin, that suggests we have chosen to jump or stay in the pool with sin, so to say. Wallow in it. To save us from our sins suggests we want to be free of them, but don’t know how to escape.
Jesus is the WAY. He can free us from that which we don’t want to be a part of anymore.
And he hath power given unto him from the Father to redeem them from their sins because of repentance; therefore he hath sent his angels to declare the tidings of the conditions of repentance, which bringeth unto the power of the Redeemer, unto the salvation of their souls.”Helaman 5:11
Repentance is the key. Repentance is the gift!
Remember the story of Jesus with the father who came to him, asking him to heal his daughter. When Jesus said all things were possible for him who believed, the man said, “Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief.”
That is how we access repentance, by believing in our Savior and His Atoning power to save and redeem.
When problems come and questions arise, do not start your quest for faith by saying how much you do NOT have, leading as it were with your ‘unbelief.’ That is like trying to stuff a turkey through the beak! Let me clear on this point: I am not asking you to pretend to faith you do not have. I AM asking you to be true to the faith you DO have. Sometimes we act as if an honest declaration of doubt is a higher manifestation of moral courage than is an honest declaration of faith. It is not!”Jeffrey R. Holland, Lord, I believe, May 2013
Helaman’s final words to his sons are powerful:
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; 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, 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.”Helaman 5:12
Our foundation shouldn’t be a political party or certain social causes—no matter how good they may seem. No!
Our foundation and core motivator should be the rock of our Redeemer. Jesus Christ. Nothing else. If we let anything—even super good things—supplant Him, we will always be at risk of falling.
When we stand firmly and build upon the Rock, we cannot fall.