Melanie Stroud

Episode 37 Helaman 1–6 The Rock of Our Redeemer

Helaman 1–6

“The Rock of Our Redeemer”

The book of Helaman records both triumphs and tragedies among the Nephites and Lamanites. It begins with “a serious difficulty among the people of the Nephites” (Helaman 1:1), and the difficulties keep coming throughout the record. Here we read about political intrigue, bands of robbers, rejection of the prophets, and pride and disbelief throughout the land. But we also find examples like Nephi and Lehi and “the more humble part of the people,” who not only survived but thrived spiritually (Helaman 3:34). How did they do it? How did they stay strong while their civilization began to decline and fall apart? The same way any of us stay strong in the “mighty storm” the devil sends to “beat upon [us]”—by building our lives “upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, … a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall” (Helaman 5:12).

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5 thoughts on “Episode 37 Helaman 1–6 The Rock of Our Redeemer”

  1. Dear Sister, many Thanks to you for your awesome work of recording and posting these message every week. I’ve been learning a lot about the gospel and increasing my English vocabulary.
    It’s been a miracle as I do listen to the podcasts and what an inspiration and surprise as I listened this Sunday morning the two speeches about pride. From the botton of my heart, thanks once again for your wonderful and excellent work!

    Best wishes,

    Leenon Dias

  2. In talking about service and pride, it strikes me how much good has been thwarted by four simple words “that’s ok, I’m fine.” In order for service to work there must be a willing recipient. We get caught in this idea that people are split into two camps, those who give service and those who need it. In reality, we all need service, but sometimes are too proud to accept it. How much better would we be if we were willing to accept offers of help even if we didn’t strictly need it.

    1. Melanie Wellman

      Totally agree! All of us prideful suckers who think we don’t need help need to repent and let other’s help us!

  3. I wanted to support what you said about fathers blessing their children even if they may not be completely worthy. I had the opportunity to serve as a leader in President Packer’s stake for several years before he died. More than once he taught us the importance of having fathers bless their children and performing their ordinances. Of course there is a limit to this principle, but he almost always asked who the father was to make sure he was blessing his children.

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Thanks for your comments at the end of this podcast about making time for our families during a leadership position. I agree so much that we can be so involved in our callings that our families suffer. I appreciate your candor and honesty. I also think that we can devote so much time and effort to a calling that we personally can get burned out. I love your podcast-thank you so much!!

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