39 And those sons of the people of Ammon, of whom I have so highly spoken, are with me in the city of Manti; and the Lord has supported them, yea, and kept them from falling by the sword, insomuch that even one soul has not been slain.
40 But behold, they have received many wounds; nevertheless they stand fast in that liberty wherewith God has made them free; and they are strict to remember the Lord their God from day to day; yea, they do observe to keep his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments continually; and their faith is strong in the prophecies concerning that which is to come.
Helaman’s epistle to Captain Moroni describes the miraculous preservation of the faithful sons of the Lamanites who had been converted by Ammon. Throughout the epistle, he praised their obedience, their faith, and their courage. Now, as he closes his epistle, he praises their consistency. They weren’t just obedient under pressure on the battlefield, and their faith and courage weren’t limited to the battlefield. Rather, as Helaman says in the passage above, “they are strict to remember the Lord their God from day to day; yea, they do observe to keep his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments continually.”
Helaman uses a phrase which had been used by his grandfather, and which would later be used by Pahoran and even later by the Apostle Paul: “They do stand fast in that liberty wherewith God has made them free.” (See Mosiah 23:13, Alma 61:9, 21, Galatians 5:1). Lehi had taught his sons that we are free to choose either liberty or captivity (2 Nephi 2:27). That imagery must have been particularly vivid to Helaman, who had just freed three Nephite cities from Lamanite bondage, and who had done so by luring the Lamanite armies out of their safe fortresses where they were more vulnerable. To “stand fast” in their freedom must have been a particularly valuable trait to him, knowing the potential cost if they started to become overconfident and neglected their duty.
Today, I will follow the examples of these young sons of Lamanite converts. I will choose to “stand fast in that liberty wherewith God has made [me] free.” I will do so by remembering my Savior and by fulfilling my duties quietly and consistently.