Fri - Mar 12, 2010 : 04:09 pm
Helaman : 3
It seems that this chapter is just a informational chapter on the goings on over a space of quite a few years. Heh... That's pretty general, but there's really not any story-line, or analogy, or deep doctrine here...
I did find it interesting how they spoke of using cement, and the sparseness of timber, and such like that. I wonder why those things found their way into a book which is supposed to contain the more spiritual aspects of the history... Interesting. I know they're there for a purpose, but I'm not quite sure why yet.
Interesting in verse 25 that is says, "even the teacher and high priests were astonished beyond measure", when talking about the propserity of the church. Why would they be astonished, if it's a fairly solid prophecy that people who keep the commandments of God shall "prosper in the land"....?
Love the "and thus we see" comments by Mormon in verses 27-30.
Love verses 34 and 35. What a great example of people being persecuted, yet refusing to let their persecutions define them. Instead, they hunkered down, and got serious about becoming one with God. Persecutions or not, through prayer and fasting, we can become humble and truly know God, and even purify and sanctify our hearts.