stripling: [ˈstripliŋ] n. a boy or youth not yet fully grown
In The Book of Mormon, there is a story of 2000 young men who go to war to defend their families, their liberties and their beliefs. Years before this, their fathers had been a bloodthirsty people and were constantly at war. Killing had become a way of life and they did it just for the pleasure of it. When they came to know Jesus Christ, they swore an oath that never again would they shed any blood and they buried their weapons as a symbol of their commitment to obey to the commandments of God. However, they were about to break their covenant because an army of their enemies was on its way to to destroy their peaceful way of life and they saw that the army defending them needed more men to fight. When their sons saw this, they knew that they could not let their fathers break their covenant to God.
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; 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
These 2000 Stripling Warriors went to battle, never having fought before but with great faith that God would protect them because their mothers had taught them to believe. These young men played a major role in saving their people and though many were wounded, not a single one of them was killed in battle.
Today, it is my sincere prayer that the young warriors I have been given charge over will not doubt that God will help and guide and protect them; that they will not doubt that their mother knows it.
On Friday, I volunteered as a quilt monitor at the Home Machine Quilting Show. One of the quilts that I loved most was called The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I loved the beautiful fabrics and colors the quilt maker used, and I was especially touched by the block that portrays the story of the 2000 Stripling Warriors from the perspective of the mother watching those young men depart for battle.
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