Just before their first battle, Helaman asks his 2,000 young soldiers if they will take a risk and attack the Lamanite army which has been pursuing them. These young warriors (whom he called his “sons”) respond with great faith:
Our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth; we would not slay our brethren if they would let us alone; therefore let us go (Alma 56:46).
Then they share with him a promise they received from their mothers: “that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.” Then, they add their own conviction: “We do not doubt our mothers knew it” (Alma 56:47-48).
Helaman is impressed with the faith of these young men, and he recognizes the influence of their mothers. During a subsequent battle, as he observes the valor of these young soldiers, he makes the following observation:
Even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them (Alma 57:21).
Who were these mothers? They were the Anti-Nephi-Lehies—former Lamanites converted as a result of the preaching of the sons of Mosiah. They had experienced a miraculous change of heart and had demonstrated their commitment to following the Savior, even at the peril of their lives. (See Alma 26:31-33.)
In 1831, Joseph Smith recorded a revelation about spiritual gifts. Here are the first two gifts discussed in that revelation:
To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world.
To others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful.
(Doctrine & Covenants 46:13-14)
Today, I will be grateful for the people whose testimonies have strengthened my faith, including my own mother. I will remember that my words of testimony can be a strength to others as well.