True Believers

Helaman 13-16 | August 31-Sept 6

Samuel prophesied to the Nephites that Jesus would come to the earth in five years, and many signs would appear at His birth. Many who heard the words of Samuel believed him, and many were baptized. They became faithful believers who watched for the signs of Jesus’s coming. But many people in Zarahemla were angry with Samuel and cast stones at him and tried to shoot arrows at him. The Lord protected Samuel and he could not be hit with the arrows or stones.

We can learn from Samuel that Heavenly Father asks us, through His prophets, to repent and make right choices because He loves us. He gives us signs and miracles to strengthen our faith. Although we may find temporary pleasure “in doing iniquity”, true happiness comes through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Scripture

Helaman 14:2

“And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.”

  • What messages did Samuel bring to the Nephites?
  • Do modern-day prophets continue to testify of Jesus Christ, as ancient prophets did? (Yes.)
  • What are the believers called? (Christians.)
  • What signs has the Lord given us to help us believe in Him?
  • What can we do to show we are faithful Christians as we wait and watch for the signs of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

Quote

“In those days as in ours, some naysayers, called anti-Christs, convinced others that there was no need for a Savior and His Atonement. When Samuel’s prophecy was finally fulfilled and there was a ‘day and a night and a day, as if it were one day,’ (Helaman 14:4) what joy must have filled the hearts of those who had believed in the prophets! …Those who believed on the words of the prophets recognized the Savior throughout His life and ministry and were blessed to follow Him.” Robert D. Hales

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Activity

Signs of True Believers

Samuel foretold the signs that would accompany the birth of Jesus Christ. Have family members write ways they can show “signs” that they are true believers on the nativity star.

Treat

Marzipan Stars

Make marzipan stars with your family to remind you of the signs Samuel foretold would appear at the birth of Jesus.

Song

Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus Children’s Songbook page 36