Saturday, March 19, 2011
Kathi Oram Peterson
The Title of Liberty
In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace,
our wives, and our children.
Nearly 10 years after Captain Moroni raised the Title of Liberty the Lamanites and Nephites were once again at war. The people of Ammon desired to help the Nephites. But they had made a vow to never to take up arms again. Their sons had not made this vow. These young men entered into a covenant to fight for the liberty of the Nephites.
They were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted. They were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him.
These 2,000 stripling soldiers had been taught by their mothers that God was with them, that He would not let them fall. 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; they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
Being led by Helaman, they were in many battles, but none died. The Lord rewarded and preserved them; for believing in Him, for having faith, for obeying His commandments, and for striving to serve others.
(Alma 53 - 57)
Sydney Morgan read the story of the 2000 Stripling Warriors to her sister Gracie every night before Gracie went to bed. It was Gracie's favorite story in the Book of Mormon. Never in her wildest dreams did Sydney ever think she would be transport though time to meet Captain Helaman or the Stripling Warriors...Tarik, Abraham, Baram, Captain Gid, Amos. Never did she think that her talents as a black belt in karate be useful in teaching the Stripling Warriors how to fight better in battle against the Lamanites. She missed her own mother who had just been diagnosed with cancer and was in the hospital, but met and loved several of the Stripling Warriors mothers. She missed her sister Gracie who was mentally challenged and depended on her, but met Lib the 8 year old brother of Tarick one of the Stripling Warriors and she met Ozi a loveable character who would do anything for her. Not to mention Ximon the mysterious Great Dane who was with Bob, Steve and John in the present and who were they? I recommend this book to anyone who loves the Book of Mormon, the Stripling Warriors, time travel, a little fantasy. It is for any age that can read from 8-80.