20 And as the remainder of our army were about to give way before the Lamanites, behold, those two thousand and sixty were firm and undaunted.
It is one thing to keep your composure in the midst of adversity and danger; it is another to do so when the people around you are falling apart and giving up. Rudyard Kipling opens his poem “If—” by describing such a scenario:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too…
(Source: A Choice of Kipling’s Verse (1943), as quoted on the website of The Poetry Foundation)
These young men whom Helaman had the privilege to lead were unwilling to back down, even in the heat of an overwhelming battle, and even when soldiers more experienced than they were beginning to crack. Helaman refers to them as “firm and undaunted” and attributes their persistence to “their exceeding faith in that which they had been taught to believe—that there was a just God, and whosoever did not doubt, that they should be preserved by his marvelous power” (Alma 57:26).
As President Dieter F. Uchdtorf has taught:
We are…not ignorant of the challenges of the world, nor are we unaware of the difficulties of our times. But this does not mean that we should burden ourselves or others with constant fear. Rather than dwelling on the immensity of our challenges, would it not be better to focus on the infinite greatness, goodness, and absolute power of our God, trusting Him and preparing with a joyful heart for the return of Jesus the Christ?
As His covenant people, we need not be paralyzed by fear because bad things might happen. Instead, we can move forward with faith, courage, determination, and trust in God as we approach the challenges and opportunities ahead (“Perfect Love Casteth Out Fear,” General Conference, April 2017).
Today, I will move forward with faith in God and will avoid dwelling on the challenges I face. I will follow the example of the army of Helaman, remaining “firm and undaunted” in the face of difficulties, even when the people around me become fearful or discouraged.