34 Now we do not know the cause that the government does not grant us more strength; neither do those men who came up unto us know why we have not received greater strength.
35 Behold, we do not know but what ye are unsuccessful, and ye have drawn away the forces into that quarter of the land; if so, we do not desire to murmur.
36 And if it is not so, behold, we fear that there is some faction in the government, that they do not send more men to our assistance; for we know that they are more numerous than that which they have sent.
37 But, behold, it mattereth not–we trust God will deliver us, notwithstanding the weakness of our armies, yea, and deliver us out of the hands of our enemies.
Helaman provides us here with an excellent example of how to respond to adversity:
1. Acknowledge what you don’t know. Distinguish between fact and opinion, and avoid jumping to conclusions about the story behind the facts. It may be useful to consider multiple credible explanations for the unpleasant facts, including at least one in which no one is at fault.
2. Don’t hesitate to communicate the facts to others. This is not complaining, particularly if those people may be in a position to help you resolve the situation.
3. Be willing to endure the trial in faith if there is no other way. Trust in the Lord, that He will deliver you from this adversity, even if there appears to be no way out. Be willing to patiently await His deliverance if that is necessary.