Looking for an easy, yet powerful family home evening lesson? Teach your family about obedience using the story of Helaman and the 2,000 stripling warriors.
Teach the entire lesson, or just choose a few sections. Use whichever parts will suit your family and your schedule best!
“Like Helaman’s 2,000 stripling warriors, you also are the spirit sons [and daughters] of God, and you too can be endowed with power to build up and defend His kingdom. We need you to make sacred covenants, just as they did. We need you to be meticulously obedient and faithful, just as they were.”
~M. Russell Ballard
Song: Children’s Songbook #172, “We’ll Bring the World His Truth”
Scripture: Alma 57:21
“Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and 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.”
Video Clip: Animated Book of Mormon Helaman’s Stripling Warriors ch. 8
(For younger children, it may be helpful to summarize the following ideas)
What does the word “stripling” mean?
(A boy in his teenage years, who has not yet grown to his full size.)
(Discuss ideas. See Alma 56:5-8.)
“And it came to pass that there were two hundred, out of my two thousand and sixty, who had fainted because of the loss of blood; nevertheless, according to the goodness of God, and to our great astonishment, and also the joy of our whole army, there was not one soul of them who did perish; yea, and neither was there one soul among them who had not received many wounds.
And now, their preservation was astonishing to our whole army, yea, that they should be spared while there was a thousand of our brethren who were slain. And we do justly ascribe it to the miraculous power of God, because of 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 57:25-26)
The stripling warriors had great faith, but it was not faith without works.
“The key to their success was to obey every word and command. Yes, if we are going to draw upon the powers of heaven, intention is not enough. We must obey every word of command with exactness…We must actually obey the law; intention is not enough! ” Rex C. Reeve, New Era, Jul 1981 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
Today we do not have to go into battle with swords and spears like Helaman’s army, but we are still faced with a battle against evil. “Today we are fighting a battle that in many ways is more perilous, more fraught with danger than the battle between the Nephites and the Lamanites. …We fight against Lucifer, the father of all lies, the enemy of all that is good and right and holy. …We battle literally for the souls of men.” M. Russell Ballard, Liahona, Nov 2002 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
Activity Time: “I Will Be A Latter-day Warrior”
“You are to be the royal army of the Lord in the last days…In the spiritual battles you are waging, I see you as today’s sons of Helaman.”
~Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, May 1986 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
You will need a copy of the “I Will Be a Latter-Day Warrior” activity [get your printable here], cardboard, marker, scissors, aluminum foil, glue, tape, stick, cardstock, and yarn.
Explain: When the sons of Helaman fought their battle they were armed with weapons of war, but that wasn’t all they were armed with. (Tape words to weapons as you read them.)
“And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all—they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted. “Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and 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 53:20-21)
Play: “I Will Be a Latter-day Warrior” game
Treat Time: Stripling Warrior Gingerbread Boys
In a medium bowl, mix together the molasses, brown sugar, water and butter until smooth.
cool on wire racks.
Help children decorate cookies with icing to resemble “Stripling Warriors”
To download all the activity resources, a bonus story, and the entire lesson plan in an easy to use printable, click here to get it now!