Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Not One Soul Had Fallen

Summer of Many Mercies Alma 56:31 - Alma 58:21

I think it is one of the most tender of mercies recorded in the Book of Mormon.

"What say ye, my sons, will ye go against them to battle? ...For as I had ever called them my sons (for they were all of them very young) even so they said unto me:  Father, behold our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall;  then let us go forth...And now it came to pass that when they had surrendered themselves up unto us, behold, I numbered those young men who had fought with me, fearing lest there were many of them slain.  But behold, to my great joy, there had not one soul of them fallen to the earth; yea, and they had fought as if with the strength of God; yea, never were men known to have fought with such miraculous strength; and with such mighty power..."  (Alma 56)

Not one man lost in battle...why?

Perhaps it was how they were raised...

They had been raised to keep covenants, and they were firm.  (Alma 24:15-19)

They were exceedingly valiant for courage, strength and activity.(Alma 53:20-21)

They were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted.(Alma 53:20-21)

They were men of truth and soberness.(Alma 53:20-21)

They kept the commandments. (Alma 53:20-21)

They had been taught not to doubt.  (Alma 56:47)

They trusted the words of their mothers.  (Alma 56:48)

They obeyed and performed every word of command with exactness.  (Alma 57:21)

According to their faith it was done unto them.  (Alma 57:21)

They trusted in God continually.  (Alma 57:27)

They were strict to remember the Lord from day to day.  (Alma 58:40)

Their faith was strong in the prophecies concerning that which was to come. (Alma 58:40)

I have children that are probably the ages of those warriors.

I consider the world we live in, the battle that rages for the souls of men, the evil that our children go up against every single day, and I wish we could say the same thing about our youth, "not one soul of them had fallen."

I wonder if the list above could strengthen our youth today for the battle they face?  Could we, as mothers, help to give our children the protection they need just as those mothers did for theirs?

I want to consider that list today and ponder on how I might better protect my children so that they can withstand.

Their protection is a tender mercy I plead for every night.

...both physical and spiritual protection.

But after reading today I realize there is more that I can do.

For I am raising warriors.

And that will require me to become a stripling mother.