Friday, February 22, 2013

Trusting as a Little Child

Sometimes we watch little children and wish we could be as carefree as they so often seem to be. We say things like, "Boy, it would be great to be three again!" Or five again or eight again. However many years it has been since our childhood and however distant those feelings may seem, we can regain a childlike perspective on life as we strive to build our faith in God.

The stripling warriors followed Helaman into battle against seemingly insurmountable odds. As teenagers and young adults they were old enough to doubt and independent enough to choose for themselves. Yet, leaning on the confidence and teachings of their mothers, they put their trust in God.

The rest of the story is history. Through two major battles against an innumerable army of Lamanites, and despite many serious injuries, none of these inexperienced young warriors died on the battlefield.

And now, their preservation was astonishing to our whole army, yea, 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 marvelous power. Now this was the faith of these of whom I have spoken; they are young, and their minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually (Alma 57:26-27).

Helaman wrote to Moroni that the stripling warriors had many serious challenges, 'nevertheless they stand fast in that liberty wherewith God has made them free; and they are strict to remember the Lord their God from day to day; yea, they do observe to keep his statutes, and his judgements, and his commandments continually; and their faith is strong in the prophecies concerning that which is to come' (Alma 58:40).

Young children are carefree because they trust perfectly in their imperfect parents to care for them and their needs. The stripling warriors were firm and undaunted in the face of trial because they trusted in God. We are taught to learn to trust our perfect Heavenly Father as the stripling warriors did and as our children put their trust in us. As we have the courage to put our trust in Him, our souls will find the peace and confidence we so often envy in our little children.

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