When Men Obey the Lord

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Contention diminished among the Nephites long enough during the period when Helaman (son of Helaman) was chief judge that spiritual and temporal prosperity increased substantially. The result, said Mormon, was “continual rejoicing” (Helaman 3:31) and “peace and exceeding great joy” (v. 32).

Mormon saw three great lessons in this increase of prosperity:

  1. The Lord is merciful to all who, in sincerity, call on his holy name (see v. 27).
  2. The gate of heaven is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ (see v. 28).
  3. The word of God has three effects:
    1. It divides “asunder all the cunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil” (v. 29).
    2. It leads “the man of Christ in a strait and narrow course across that everlasting gulf of misery” (v. 29).
    3. It helps land the faithful “at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven” (v. 30).

Book of Mormon Student Manual (1996 Edition)