Lessons from the war chapters

For many readers, their least favorite part of the Book of Mormon is the "war chapters." They think the war chapters are dry and not applicable. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here's a collection of articles about the war chapters and how the lessons they teach can have a huge impact in our lives.


The most important battle never fought

A previous post discussed how a rebel coalition of Lamanite soldiers combined together to stand valiantly against commands of the wicked king to go to war against the Lamanites. The rebellion could have been the turning point for the...

Sacrificing cities

This is an edit and update of a post I originally ran in 2017. Enjoy!


Amalickiah was not successful in his first military campaign against the Nephites. His captains tried to attack the city of Ammonihah but found...

Something's missing

I’m in the middle of the saddest part of the Book of Mormon. Throughout the latter half of 3 Nephi, Christ ushers in a period of peace and national righteousness that gives us modern readers a little preview of the...

Satan can't hit a moving target

I don’t know why the war chapters get such a bad rap. I hear people complain about them all the time, lumping them right up there with the genealogy and “compare Isaiah” chapters. I don’t think that’s really fair. I...

When God redirects us

A Tale of Two Covenants

I am constantly amazed at the people of Ammon. These remarkable converts who “never did fall away” are wonderful examples of quiet, determined, humble discipleship. When the Lamanite armies came to exterminate them, they...

A New Years Resolution from Captain Moroni

It’s New Years time again. That introspective time where we reflect over the past year and resolve that this year we are surely, most definitely going to start that novel, get that promotion, pay off that credit card, and lose...

Getting out of a thoughtless stupor

The thoughtless stupor

It was 62 BC. The Nephites were locked in heated battle against the Lamanites (but really, more so against other Nephites who had rebelled). Unfortunately, although there were many miracles, the war overall was not going...

Spiritual poison

Another war chapter post today. Enjoy!

Historical Background

It was 62-63 BC. Captain Moroni had received a letter from the evil Ammoron, offering to exchange prisoners. But Moroni rejected Ammoron’s offer, deciding instead to try and take his prisoners...

For the fathers who aren't there

We all know the story of the stripling warriors. “They had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.” They bore their testimony to the prophet Helaman that “we do not...

Easier to maintain than to fix

When I was a teenager, my household chore was the burdensome task of cleaning the “tile area” of the house. This included the entire kitchen, the dishes, the bar area, the dining room, the table, and setting/clearing meals. The rule...

When you have every advantage

These are a few of my thoughts as I read the story of Lehonti’s people in Alma 47.

Historical background

After failing to be elected king over the Nephites, the evil Amalickiah deserted over to the Lamanites. He...

Work changed the Lamanites

My previous post was inspired by Alma 53:5. This one is, too. Specifically this part of the verse:

Now Moroni was compelled to cause the Lamanites to labor, because it was easy to guard them while at...

A prison built with our own hands

Captains Moroni, Teancum, and Lehi have just combined forces and decoyed the Lamanites out of the city of Mulek. The battle was fierce but short. Fortunately, the wearied Lamanites gave up quickly, with most of both armies left intact. When...

Planting Standards

We’re all familiar with the story of the title of liberty:

And it came to pass also, that he caused the title of liberty to be hoisted upon every tower which was in all the land, which was possessed...

Liberty which binds us

Yet another post about the battle of Captain Moroni v. Zerahemnah and friends. I can’t seem to get out of these two chapters. I’m beginning to think I should have called this blog “Power in Alma 44.” Anyways, here’s the...

Finding the Atonement in a war chapter

I know most readers usually breeze through the war chapters, but there is a lot we can learn from them. For example, just the other day I found some really powerful lessons on the Atonement in Alma 44– the second...

To which we owe all our happiness

In a previous post, I talk about how one’s word was paramount to the Nephites, using the battle of Moroni v Zerahemnah in Alma 44 as an example. This posts also covers a lesson I’ve picked up from...

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