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“Behold! A Royal Army”

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Help prepare your family for life's battlefield with this lesson and fun activity. You will not only learn about putting on the "whole armor of God," but your family will also be armed with a melt in your mouth treat.

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES

 

VIDEO CLIP:
The Animated Book of Mormon
Helaman's Stripling Warriors chapter 2
(click on above for full screen)

PRINCIPLES:
Courage

Faith


 

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20-MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Hymn #251 "Behold! A Royal Army"

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SCRIPTURE

Alma 53:20

 

20. 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.

VIDEO

Watch chapter 2 from the animated Complete Learning System, Helaman's Stripling Warriors DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

For younger children, it may be helpful to summarize the following ideas:

Helaman’s two thousand Stripling Warriors.
About 66–62 B.C., the prophet, Helaman, sent an epistle (letter) to Moroni describing the war between the Lamanites and his two thousand stripling sons.


Do you know what the word stripling means? (A boy in his early teenage years.)

Courage to battle against Satan.
Helaman’s two thousand stripling warriors’ faith in God gave them the courage to defend their families from the wicked Lamanites. “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....” (Alma 56:47) Like the stripling warriors we need the courage to fight the battle against Satan and his desire to destroy the family.

“The family has been under attack ever since Satan first taunted Adam and Eve. (See Gen. 3; Moses 4.) So today, each must guard against the hazard of contention in the family.” Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, May 1989 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

God will deliver us.
When the stripling warriors fought the wicked Lamanites a thousand Lamanites were killed, but not one of Helaman’s warriors died.


Why were the stripling warriors preserved? (Discuss ideas.)


“...yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our
mothers knew it.” (Alma 56:47–48)


The whole armor of God.

“As it has been since the beginning, the adversary [Satan] would divide us, break us up, and if he can, destroy us. But the Lord said, ‘Lift up your hearts and rejoice, and ... take upon you my whole armor, that ye may be able to withstand the evil day, ... taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked’ (D&C 27:15, 17; emphasis added).” Boyd K. Packer, Liahona, July 2003 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

Did anyone force Helaman’s stripling warriors to march into battle?(No. They willingly chose to defend their families.)

Does having the courage to choose the right bring happiness?(Discuss ideas.)

“Now, the scriptures tell us that everything good comes from Heavenly Father and that following Satan brings misery and unhappiness. ...You can decide whether or not you are going to be happy by making choices that will lead you close to your Heavenly Father and away from Satan.” Michaelene P. Grassli, Ensign, Nov. 1988 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

What gave Helaman’s stripling warriors the courage to march into battle? (Their testimonies.)

 

Do you think the stripling warrior’s mothers taught them to put on the whole armor of God and the shield of faith? (Discuss ideas.)

“...The materials from which a shield of faith is made: reverence, courage, chastity, repentance, forgiveness, compassion. In church we can learn how to assemble and fit them together. But the actual making of and fitting on of the shield of faith belongs in the family circle.” Boyd K. Packer, The Friend, July 2003 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. Will you put on the whole armor of God and the shield of faith to fight for our family to be together forever?

 

 

 

Quote: “We were dressed in our home each morning, not only with hats and raincoats and boots to protect us from physical storm, but even more carefully our parents dressed us each day in the armor of God. As we would kneel in family prayer and listen to our father, a bearer of the priesthood, pour out his soul to the Lord for the protection of his family against the fiery darts of the wicked, one more layer was added to our shield of faith. While our shield was being made strong, theirs was always available, for they were available and we knew it.” L. Tom Perry, Ensign, May 1974 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 
 

STORY

 

 

“Hurry, Gid! We need to be on our way, if we are going to get to Springdale before noon.”

“I can’t find my sword. How can Danny and I slay Dragons if I don’t have my sword?”

“You have five minutes to find it,” Father said. “Did you check the tree house?” he added.

Gid’s frown was replaced with a big grin as he raced to the tree house where he was sure he would find the prized sword his grandfather has given him for his birthday. Gid searched frantically, but when he heard the car horn honk, he reluctantly walked to the car empty handed.

“Cheer up, champ. There will be plenty of toys to play with at Aunt June’s.”

Gid forced a smile. “I know, but it won’t be as fun without my sword.”

Danny was waiting on the front porch when the car pulled up. “They’re here, Mom!” he hollered.

June put the bowl of gooey chocolate in the fridge before walking to meet her brother and nephew. “Oh my! Look how big you’ve grown. I bet you’re a whole foot taller than you were at Christmas,” she exclaimed.

Gid pulled back his shoulders and stood as tall as he could. “I’m eight now!”

“I know!” Aunt June said. “Have you decided if you’re going to join Christ’s church?”

Gid smiled. Aunt June knew he was getting baptized, but she had a way of making him feel important. “Ammon’s going to baptize me in two more Saturdays and then Dad’s going to confirm me on Sunday.”

“Oh, Gid! I am so proud of you. You are making the right choice,” Aunt June exclaimed. “Now, you boys go put Gid’s suitcase in Danny’s room and then you can help me make chocolate truffles for Family Night.”

“All right!” the boys shouted in unison as they ran up the stairs to Danny’s room.

Father and June visited until the boys returned.

 

“You be good now and mind Aunt June and Uncle Ab!” Father said as he got back into the car to leave.

“I will,” Gid promised as he waved good bye.

After Father pulled away, Aunt June, Danny, and Gid went into the kitchen. Aunt June retrieved the bowl from the refrigerator and sat it on the table. We’re having a special lesson in your honor, Gid. Guess who we’re learning about tonight?”

Gid thought for a moment and then grinned. “Helaman’s stripling warriors?”

“That’s right! And we’re going to make Shields of Faith with these truffles.”

While they worked at forming the chocolate into balls, molding them into shield shapes and decorating them with nuts and candy, Gid told Aunt June and Danny about the sword Grandpa had given him for
his birthday.

“I wanted to bring it so we could slay dragons, but I couldn’t find it,” he groaned.

“It’s okay Gid. We can play with it when I come to stay with you,” Danny said.

“I think I know a way that you two can still save me from the dragon!” Aunt June teased.

Aunt June set to work cutting swords, shields, and breast plates out of cardboard for the two boys. She then cut and fashioned helmets out of two empty plastic gallon jugs. The boys helped by covering all the pieces with aluminum foil.

“Wow! Thanks, Aunt June. These are really awesome!” Gid exclaimed as Aunt June helped the boys put on their armor.

“Ya! Thanks, Mom. You’re the greatest!” Danny said with pride.

“You’re both very welcome. Now go slay me a dragon!”

That night during Family Night, Uncle Ab and Aunt June taught the boys about Helaman’s stripling warriors and the armor of God.

“Boys,” Aunt June testified, “Even though you can’t see the armor of God, it is real and it will protect you and our entire family from something far worse than dragons and that is Satan. If you remember to put on the whole armor of God every day, you will have the courage and weapons you need to fight the battle against Satan...”

by Margie Nauta Lee © 2007 Living Scriptures, Inc.

 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT “Shields of Faith" Chocolate Truffles


Shields of Faith

(Chocolate Truffles)

Prep Time: 1 minute
CookTime: 4 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour

Directions:

Pour chocolate chips into a two quart microwave safe bowl. Cook in microwave, on medium power, in 1 minute increments (approximately 4 minutes). Stir until smooth and melted. Add sweetened condensed milk, salt, and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth. Cool in refrigerator for approximately 1 hour.

Treat Time :

Give each family member one or two spoonfuls of chocolate truffle mixture. Roll into a ball. Flatten and shape into shield shapes. Decorate tops with nuts and candies.

Ingredients:

 

  • 12 oz. package semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 c. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Nuts and candies (for decorating tops)

 

ACTIVITY

 

 


Activity: Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.

1. “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Eph. 6:11.)
Helaman’s stripling warriors were protected in battle because they wore the whole armor of God. The armor of God can not be seen like the armor that knights wore. To help us get a better understanding of the armor of God we are going to put a full coat of armor on a stripling warrior.
2. “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;” (Eph. 6: 14.)
Ask: Where are your loins and why do you need to protect them? Put on the armor of truth (this is the only piece that goes on the back of the warrior).
Ask: Why is a breastplate important? Put the breastplate on.
Discuss ways to live in truth and righteousness.
3. “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” (Eph. 6:15.)
Ask: How does walking in peace protect us? Put the gospel of peace armor. Discuss ways to walk in peace.
4. “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” (Eph. 6:16.)
Ask: How does faith protect us against Satan? Put on the shield of faith.
Discuss ways of strengthening your faith.
5. “And take the helmet of salvation...” (Eph. 6:17.)
Ask: What does salvation mean? Put on the helmet of salvation.
Discuss what your family can do to obtain salvation.
6. “...and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” (Eph. 6:17.)
Ask: Where do we find the word of God? Put on the word of God sword.
Discuss how the word of God protects your family.
7. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Eph. 6:11–18.)
Ask: How can prayer protect us? Put on the armor of prayer.
Discuss the importance of prayer in the battle against Satan.

What you need:

A copy of the “Armor of God” cutout (artwork included with this lesson), scissors, glue, poster board.

 

Preparation:

1. Print out the artwork and questions.
2. Glue warrior to poster board.
3. Cut out all pieces.
4. Glue shield band to inside of shield to make a loop for the warriors hand.

 

ACTIVITY PAGES

 
   
 

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20-MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT "20-MINUTE" LESSON NOTES

 

1. Watch chapter 2 from The Complete Learning System Helaman’s Stripling Warriors DVD.

2. Sing: Hymn # 251 "Behold! A Royal Army"

3. Read: Alma 53:20

“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."

4. What does the word “stripling” mean? (A boy in his teenage years, who has not yet grown to his full size.)

5. Helaman’s two thousand stripling warriors’ faith in God gave them the courage to defend their families from the wicked Lamanites. “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....” (Alma 56:47) Like the stripling warriors we need the courage to fight the battle against Satan and his desire to destroy the family.

“The family has been under attack ever since Satan first taunted Adam and Eve. (See Gen. 3; Moses 4.) So today, each must guard against the hazard of contention in the family.” Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, May 1989 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

6. When the stripling warriors fought the wicked Lamanites a thousand Lamanites were killed, but not one of Helaman’s warriors died.

Why were the stripling warriors preserved?


“...yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.” (Alma 56:47–48)

7. Did anyone force Helaman’s stripling warriors to march into battle?
(No. They willingly chose to defend their families.)

8. Does having the courage to choose the right bring happiness?
“Now, the scriptures tell us that everything good comes from Heavenly Father and that following Satan brings misery and unhappiness....You can decide whether or not you are going to be happy by making choices that will lead you close to your Heavenly Father and away from Satan.” Michaelene P. Grassli, Ensign, Nov. 1988 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

9. What gave Helaman’s stripling warriors the courage to march into battle?
(Their testimonies.)

10. Do you think the stripling warrior’s mothers taught them to put on the whole armor of God and the shield of faith?
“...The materials from which a shield of faith is made: reverence, courage, chastity, repentance, forgiveness, compassion. In church we can learn how to assemble and fit them together. But the actual making of and fitting on of the shield of faith belongs in the family circle.” Boyd K. Packer, The Friend, July 2003 © ntellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

11. Will you put on the whole armor of God and the shield of faith to fight for our family to be together forever?

 

 

Quote: “We were dressed in our home each morning, not only with hats and raincoats and boots to protect us from physical storm, but even more carefully our parents dressed us each day in the armor of God. As we would kneel in family prayer and listen to our father, a bearer of the priesthood, pour out his soul to the Lord for the protection of his family against the fiery darts of the wicked, one more layer was added to our shield of faith. While our shield was being made strong, theirs was always available, for they were available and we knew it.” L. Tom Perry, Ensign, May 1974 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.