They Had Been Taught by Their Mothers – Alma 56:47-48

47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.

As Helaman attempted to explain to Captain Moroni the extraordinary faith of the young Lamanites he led, he noted particularly the teachings of their mothers. It is not only noteworthy that their mothers had told them not to doubt. It is noteworthy that they would mention this teaching to their commander, that they would think about their mothers’ teachings while in a war zone heading into battle.
As Thomas S. Monson taught: “Men turn from evil and yield to their better natures when mother is remembered” (“‘Behold Thy Mother,'” General Conference, October 1973). After several battles, Helaman continued to marvel at the miraculous preservation of his young soldiers, and his mind turned to their mothers: “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 57:21).
Today, I will follow the example of these young men by remembering the teachings of my mother. As I pass through the experiences of the day, I will think about what my mother has taught me concerning faith, humility, and following the Spirit of the Lord, and I will seek to put into practice the principles she taught in my daily life.
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