Monday, July 27, 2009

Faith and Light of a Warrior in the Latter-days

The title of this post was the theme of the Young Women’s camp in my ward. Since I’m the first counselor in YW, they wanted to use parts from my book, The Forgotten Warrior, to highlight camp. I was asked to be the guest speaker on Testimony Night. I was a little nervous. These were my girls, who see me twice a week. How could my talking be special for them? Of course, the girls were good sports and seemed to enjoy what I had to say. I tied Stripling Warrior character traits to the 8 values in the Personal Progress Program. Because one of the main characters in my book was a sixteen-year-old girl who has a black belt in karate, I gave each of the girls a belt made of ribbon in a value color.

We talked about Divine Nature and how obedience helps build that value. In reference to the stripling warriors I used Alma 57:21. "Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yes, and 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."

For the value of Individual Worth, I asked the girls how they build individual worth within themselves. I explained that by serving others individual worth grows. The stripling warriors knew their individual worth for they served willingly and they knew they were God's sons just as the young women today are His daughters. If the girls always remember that, their individual worth will soar.

For Knowledge we talked about how smart the stripling warriors were. They might not have gone to traditional schools, but they learned the important things of life from their parents and leaders, plus they learned to have faith from their mothers and by the exemplary lives of their fathers.

Choice and Accountablity was tied in with the good choices the stripling warriors made. They made the choice to fight in place of their fathers. They knew the importance of covenants and they helped their fathers keep their covenants with God. The stripling warriors chose a wise leader in Captain Helaman. And they chose strong friends that shared the same high values as they did.

For Good Works I read Alma 56:47. "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." That the stripling warriors went to battle to protect their families certainly fit with good works.

Integrity was covered with Alma 53:20-21. "And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all--they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted. Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him." The stripling warriors embodied integrity. We discussed the battle at Cumeni and how couragoues those sons of Helaman were against incredible odds.

I explained to the girls that the value of Virtue was a pattern of thought and behavior. We discussed the actions of the stripling warriors which showed their behavior and thoughts were noble and virtuous.

Finally we discussed the value of Faith. Alma 57:26. "And now, their preservation was astonishing to our whole army, yes, that they should be spared while there was a thousand of our brethren who were slain. And we do justly ascribe it to the miraculous power of God, because of their exceeding faith in that which they had been taught to believe--that there was a just God, and whosoever did not doubt, that they should be preserved by His marvlous power."

I asked the girls: do you have the faith and light of a warrior in the latter-days? Now I'll pose the question to you. Do you think our youth have the faith and light of warriors in the latter-days?

Below are pictures of the beautiful warriors in my ward.
In answer to the question I asked my girls...YES they are warriors of faith and light in the latter-days.

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