This morning, I studied Helaman’s words to his sons, Nephi and Lehi. His message is that he wants them to remember some important truths. In fact, he uses the word “remember” thirteen times in just seven verses.
I studied these words because I have several children going off to college this week, one of them for the first time. So I’ve been thinking about what I want them to remember as they face new opportunities and challenges.
Here are some of the things Helaman wanted his sons to remember:
- Remember to keep the commandments of God.
- Remember your ancestors (Lehi and Nephi), who have set a good example for you to follow.
- Remember that there is no other way to be saved except by Jesus Christ (as King Benjamin taught).
- Remember that Christ will not save you in your sins but from your sins (as Amulek taught).
- Remember to build your foundation on the rock of your Redeemer, so that you will well-position to withstand the turbulence you will face.
A few observations about Helaman’s advice:
- Three of his five main points refer to earlier prophets: Lehi, Nephi, King Benjamin, and Amulek. He wants his sons to remember the teachings of earlier prophets, as found in the scriptures.
- Most of his advice centers around the Savior. He knows that it is essential for them to rely on Him.
- He recognizes that they will face challenges: “mighty winds,” “shafts in the whirlwind,” “hail,” and “mighty storm[s].” He can’t stop that from happening to them, but he knows that they can overcome any adversity if they have the firm foundation of faith in Jesus Christ.
Today, I will remind my children of the things that matter most. I will help them turn their hearts toward the Savior and remember Him, so that they can withstand the adversity they will experience in their lives.