As Samuel stood atop the walls speaking the words he was told to by the angels, many believed on his words. Those who did, went and sought out Nephi, the son of Helaman and confessed their sins and desired to be baptized. There were just as many that did not believe as those that did.
Those that were in the angry category did what they could to kill Samuel. The cast stones at him, they shot arrows at him. And when they tried to take his life, they were unable to do so. When the Nephites saw that they couldn’t harm Samuel, some of them realized that God was protecting him and many more went to Nephi to join the flock.
Helaman 16: 4 reads this “For behold, Nephi was baptizing, and prophesying, and preaching, crying repentance unto the people, showing signs and wonders, working miracles among the people, that they might know that the Christ must shortly come-“. I particularly love this verse because we can see that Nephi was a man of God and that as he was baptizing, we see even more how Christ like Nephi was. I imagine him healing the lepers, giving the blind their sight and so forth as we know that Jesus Christ did when he was in his years of ministry.
Many Nephites, however, still did not believe on the prophesying that was being given and since they already learned that the couldn’t hit him with stones or arrows, they tried to take him captive. As they tried to do this, Samuel came down from the wall and fled back to his own land and continued preaching there. This ends the prophesying of Samuel among the Nephite people and “thus were the affairs of the people.” I find this statement so sad. Many chose not to believe and therefore chased their only prophet from the land and thus the people were left as they were. Can you relate this to the prophet Joseph Smith?
A few years go by and people become more hardened in their hearts and then the time of Christ’s birth came and all of the signs that were prophesied came true. “And angels did appear unto men, wise men, and did declare unto them glad tidings of great joy…. Nevertheless, the people began to harden their hearts, all save it were the most believing part of them, both of the Nephites and also of the Lamanites”. The people then just decided to say that these great wonders were good guesses by the prophets and decided that if Jesus Christ was the Son of God that he could just come on over and show himself to them. They decided that these believes that have been prophesied about for thousands of years now were wicked traditions and an art of evil. It was said that the people imagined many more foolish and vain things in their hearts and spread rumors and contentions and Satan had a great hold upon their hearts upon all the face of the land.
This is the end of the Book of Helaman, and I do hope that you were able to learn a thing or two from your own studies this past week. I pray that you are well and that the Spirit will reside with you and in your home.
I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.