When compared with the Lamanite armies, Helaman’s “little army” (Alma 56:33) of young men shouldn’t have stood a chance. Besides being few in number, Helaman’s soldiers “were all … very young,” and “they never had fought” (Alma 56:46–47). In some ways, their situation might seem familiar to those of us who sometimes feel outnumbered and overwhelmed in our latter-day battle against Satan and the forces of evil in the world.
But the army of Helaman had some advantages over the Lamanites that had nothing to do with numbers or military skill. They chose Helaman, a prophet, to lead them (see Alma 53:19); “they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them” (Alma 56:47); and they had “exceeding faith in that which they had been taught.” As a result, they were protected by “the miraculous power of God” (Alma 57:26). So when facing life’s battles, we can take courage. Helaman’s army teaches us that “there [is] a just God, and whosoever [does] not doubt, [will] be preserved by his marvelous power” (Alma 57:26).
Alma 53: The Lamanite prisoners are used to fortify the city Bountiful—Dissensions among the Nephites give rise to Lamanite victories—Helaman takes command of the two thousand stripling sons of the people of Ammon. About 64–63 B.C.
Alma 54: Ammoron and Moroni negotiate for the exchange of prisoners—Moroni demands that the Lamanites withdraw and cease their murderous attacks—Ammoron demands that the Nephites lay down their arms and become subject to the Lamanites. About 63 B.C.
Alma 55: Moroni refuses to exchange prisoners—The Lamanite guards are enticed to become drunk, and the Nephite prisoners are freed—The city of Gid is taken without bloodshed. About 63–62 B.C.
Alma 56: Helaman sends an epistle to Moroni, recounting the state of the war with the Lamanites—Antipus and Helaman gain a great victory over the Lamanites—Helaman’s two thousand stripling sons fight with miraculous power, and none of them are slain. Verse 1, about 62 B.C.; verses 2–19, about 66 B.C.; and verses 20–57, about 65–64 B.C.
Alma 57: Helaman recounts the taking of Antiparah and the surrender and later the defense of Cumeni—His Ammonite striplings fight valiantly; all are wounded, but none are slain—Gid reports the slaying and the escape of the Lamanite prisoners. About 63 B.C.
Alma 58: Helaman, Gid, and Teomner take the city of Manti by a stratagem—The Lamanites withdraw—The sons of the people of Ammon are preserved as they stand fast in defense of their liberty and faith. About 63–62 B.C.
Alma 59: Moroni asks Pahoran to strengthen the forces of Helaman—The Lamanites take the city of Nephihah—Moroni is angry with the government. About 62 B.C.
Alma 60: Moroni complains to Pahoran of the government’s neglect of the armies—The Lord suffers the righteous to be slain—The Nephites must use all of their power and means to deliver themselves from their enemies—Moroni threatens to fight against the government unless help is supplied to his armies. About 62 B.C.
Alma 61: Pahoran tells Moroni of the insurrection and rebellion against the government—The king-men take Zarahemla and are in league with the Lamanites—Pahoran asks for military aid against the rebels. About 62 B.C.
Alma 62: Moroni marches to the aid of Pahoran in the land of Gideon—The king-men who refuse to defend their country are put to death—Pahoran and Moroni retake Nephihah—Many Lamanites join the people of Ammon—Teancum slays Ammoron and is in turn slain—The Lamanites are driven from the land, and peace is established—Helaman returns to the ministry and builds up the Church. About 62–57 B.C.
Alma 63: Shiblon and later Helaman take possession of the sacred records—Many Nephites travel to the land northward—Hagoth builds ships, which sail forth in the west sea—Moronihah defeats the Lamanites in battle. About 56–52 B.C.
- Interpreter Radio: The Book of Mormon in Context Lesson 34
- Come, Follow Me Study and Teaching Helps — Lesson 32: Alma 53-63, Jonn Claybaugh
- Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 32 (Alma 53-63)
- Alma 55:4-9: Nephite and Lamanite Differences More about Sound than Look, Hales Swift
- The Stripling Warriors: Lessons for Our Day (Alma 56-57), Hales Swift
- “Can You Suppose That the Lord Will Spare You?”: Moroni’s Charged Rhetoric in Alma 60:30–32, by Matthew L. Bowen, May 13, 2022
- “We Are a Remnant of the Seed of Joseph”: Moroni’s Interpretive Use of Joseph’s Coat and the Martial nēs-Imagery of Isaiah 11:11–12, by Matthew L. Bowen, Dec 4, 2020
- Labor Diligently to Write: The Ancient Making of a Modern Scripture — Chapter 14: Alma Chapters XXIV-XXX (52–63), Brant A. Gardner
- Meeting Zoram, Collin Charles Russell, March 3, 2017
- The Ammonites Were Not Pacifists, Duane Boyce, June 17, 2016
- “They Were Moved with Compassion” (Alma 27:4; 53:13): Toponymic Wordplay on Zarahemla and Jershon, Matthew L. Bowen, February 19, 2016
- In His Footsteps: Ammon₁ and Ammon₂, Val Larsen, January 11, 2013
- Interpreting Interpreter: Captain Moroni’s Spiteful Spare, by Kyler Rasmussen, May 13, 2022
- Scripture Roundtable: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 32, “They Did Obey…Every Word of Command with Exactness”, August 13, 2016
- Alma 53 to 63 – “Preserved by His Marvelous Power”, BYU Studies
- Nephi’s Freedom Thesis and the Sons of Helaman, BYU Religious Studies Center
- Hagoth and the Polynesians, BYU Religious Studies Center
- How was Pahoran a Strong Leader in Turbulent Times?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #573
- Alma 53-63, John W. Welch Notes
- How Old Were the Stripling Warriors?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #161
- Why Was Ammoron Determined to Avenge the Blood of His Brother?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #162
- How Does the Book of Mormon Help Explain the Origins of the Word of Wisdom?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #321
- Why Did Moroni Change His Mind about Exchanging Prisoners with Ammoron?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #163
- How Realistic are Nephite Battle Strategies?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #164
- Why Did the Stripling Warriors Perform Their Duties "With Exactness"?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #165
- How Did Helaman’s Army Maintain Faith While Being Cut Off from Provisions?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #167
- Why Was Moroni’s Correspondence with Pahoran Significant?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #168
- Why Did Moroni Refer to Vessel Impurity in Condemning the Central Government?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #169
- Why Was Teancum Captured and Killed?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #170
- How Does Chiasmus Teach Us to Reverse the Pride Cycle?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #468
- Why Did Mormon Mention Hagoth?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #171
- Discussions on the Book of Mormon – Alma 51-63