Melanie Stroud

Episode 36 Part B Alma 53-63 BEING OFFENDED

Alma 53–63

“Preserved by His Marvelous Power”


When compared with the Lamanite armies, Helaman’s “little army” (Alma 56:33) of 2,000 young Nephites shouldn’t have stood a chance. Besides being few in number, Helaman’s soldiers “were all … very young,” and “they never had fought” (Alma 56:46–47). In some ways, their situation might seem familiar to those of us who sometimes feel outnumbered and overwhelmed in our latter-day battle against Satan and the forces of evil in the world.

But the army of Helaman had some advantages over the Lamanites that had nothing to do with numbers or military skill. They chose Helaman, a prophet, to lead them (Alma 53:19); “they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them” (Alma 56:47); and they had “exceeding faith in that which they had been taught.” As a result, they were protected by “the miraculous power of God” (Alma 57:26). Even though they were all wounded in battle, “there was not one soul of them who did perish” (Alma 57:25). So when life inflicts spiritual wounds on each of us, we can take courage—the message of Helaman’s army is that “there [is] a just God, and whosoever [does] not doubt, [will] be preserved by his marvelous power” (Alma 57:26).

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2 thoughts on “Episode 36 Part B Alma 53-63 BEING OFFENDED”

  1. Loved this episode and it’s something I needed to hear. I was so offended by my sister in law and really really hurt by an email she sent to me and the whole family about how wrong I was to support my gay daughter by going to her wedding and posting pictures. Her email was so hurtful. I’ve had the hardest time forgiving her. This weeks episode has helped me see that by not really forgiving her I’m hurting myself not her. So thank you and I love listening to you. You’ve helped me really learn so much more than I ever have in the past. All your efforts are helping me strengthen my faith. ❤️

  2. Thanks for adding these notes, Melanie. I love your podcast. I thought there was another podcast you mentioned during this episode, one that starts with a B, I think. Do you remember the name?

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