66 B.C. The twenty-and-sixth year of the Nephite/Lamanite war
My feet pounded the ground as I ran; my heart thumped against my ribs. I did not know where my strength came from, for I had been running with my army of brothers for two days. I tightened my grip on the hilt of the double-edged sword and held up my shield, emblazoned with the noble crest of my heritage, as I charged towards battle.
No more would we run and hide.
No more would we look over our shoulders and wonder when they would attack.
I did not fear death.
God would deliver me.
God would deliver us.
What you have just read is the beginning of my fiction novel, The Forgotten Warrior, which will be in book stores in a matter of days. As you may have also deduced, this is the point-of-view of a warrior…a stripling warrior from the Book of Mormon. I wanted my readers to see, hear, and feel what a warrior might have felt as he charged toward battle, so I created Tarik, Captain Helaman's second in command. I also wanted to show how a girl, very savvy in defensive fighting in our day, might fair among the mighty warriors of the past, so I created Sydney Morgan, the herione of The Forgotten Warrior. We have more in common with the stripling warriors and Sydney than you might think. (painting below by A. Friberg)
Though we are not in an actual war, every day we fight against the same adversary. We fight in the war against Satan. He has been behind every contention since the world began. Now that is not to say that 'the devil made me do it' is a viable excuse, but he does tempt us to make bad choices as he has throughout the history of mankind. Those bad decisions give him great joy. So, why not learn from those who were valiant and withstood Satan's temptations? Because of the stripling warriors' faith in God they became steadfast and immoveable in defending their beliefs, just as we can become.
In conjunction with the release of my book, I thought I’d blog about how the stripling warriors not only fought against the Lamanites, but also against Satan. Perhaps by understanding their battles we can become strengthened to win our own.
In the next few weeks we are going to discuss the following:
Four of Satan’s temptations
A stripling warrior mini-history
Ten stripling warrior character traits you can apply to your life.
I look forward to blogging with you on these subjects in the weeks ahead.
Now to announce some of the Twelve Days of Christmas Contest winners.
Winner of Counting Blessings: Debra Erfert from Yuma Arizona
Winner of The Stranger She Married: Gayle Oreluk from Palos Hills, Illinois
Winner of The Man From Arizona: Anna Carpenter from Mesa, Arizona
Winner of Haunts Haven: Christa Johnson from Bagdad, Arizona