Same in our lives. We learn line upon line, here a little, there a little. We also are given trials line upon line: first we experience this, then that prepares us to go through that, and so on. We change line up line (unless your name is Alma the Younger, or Saul). God works big things by small means (thankfully, for me!)
I liked how even after the attack, Moroni was smart enough not to relax and brag about his victory- but he kept working on his defenses. He didn't take it easy. Sometimes we can get over-confident in our righteousness. We can become complacent in our stage in life, testimony, etc., and that's when the Adversary can make his attack.
Moroni is the perfect Christian soldier.
This got me thinking… what kind of soldier am I? Am I a Christian Soldier or a Weekend Warrior?
Elder Neal A. Maxwell wrote "Righteous desires need to be relentless, therefore, because, said President Brigham Young, "the men and women, who desire to obtain seats in the celestial kingdom, will find that they must battle every day" (in Journal of Discourses, 11:14). Therefore, true Christian soldiers are more than weekend warriors . (Ensign, November 1996, p. 22.)"
What makes a Christian Soldier?
Christian soldiers always keep their covenants. I think these war chapters show that they fight for their freedom (Alma 53:17). Keeping covenants gives us true freedom. I think this is best reflected in our attitude… I choose what I do in this life. Not, "I have to" go…
Christian soldiers follow the prophet. These war chapters shoes these young soldiers are choosing a prophet of God to be their leader. They demonstrate a Father-to-son relationship with their prophet. (Alma 56:44) We need to have a father/son relationship with our prophet. We need the prophet for a hero. It is the words of Jesus Christ, taught to Pres. Monson that will save you.
Christian Soldiers do not fear death. They did not doubt their mother's teachings who taught them to honor and obey parents and to follow the prophet. Helaman's stripling warriors’ dads buried their swords in their view (their sons) and testified that they would not take them up. "Thus we see" they would remain firm and submit to death rather than break their covenant. These young boys lost their dads.
Christian Soldiers obey absolutely. Absolute obedience brings blessings - absolutely!
Christian Soldiers are a great strength to everyone they meet. All of our actions should bring people higher… not tear them down. Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, May 1998, speaking to the Aaronic Priesthood said, "The girl you marry will take a terrible chance on you. She will give her all to the young man she marries. He will largely determine the remainder of her life. She will even surrender her name to his name…. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as young men holding the priesthood of God, you have a tremendous obligation toward the girl you marry. Perhaps you are not thinking much of that now. But the time isn't far away when you will think of it, and now is the time to prepare for that most important day of your lives when you take unto yourself a wife and companion equal with you before the Lord. That obligation begins with absolute loyalty. As the old Church of England ceremony says, you will marry her "for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, for better or for worse." She will be yours and yours alone, regardless of the circumstances of your lives. You will be hers and hers alone. There can be eyes for none other. There must be absolute loyalty, undeviating loyalty one to another. Hopefully you will marry her forever, in the house of the Lord, under the authority of the everlasting priesthood. Through all the days of your lives, you must be as true one to another as the polar star…. The girl you marry can expect you to come to the marriage altar absolutely clean."
Christian Soldiers are true at ALL times. They were exceedingly valiant for courage.
I want to be that kind al soldier. Most times I fall short. I hope to get there someday.
What did you learn?