31. "Firm in the Faith of Christ" | BYU Studies

31. "Firm in the Faith of Christ"

Chart 136: "Wars in the Book of Mormon," Charting the Book of Mormon

The approximate dates and locations of the various Book of Mormonwars, along with accompanying scriptural references, are listed in this chart. Having names and dates for these wars can help readers keep all of this action straight.

Chart 137: "Data on Wars Involving the Nephites," Charting the Book of Mormon

This chart tracks the 15 Nephite wars’ approximate dates and locations, as well as causes and results. These wars share some interesting patterns. For example, several of the wars were caused when one group of people tried to separate from the main group. Apparently, the Nephites were restricted in their travel, and defection from the land was considered an act of treason and a cause for armed intervention. 

"'Peaceable Followers of Christ,' in Days of War and Contention," Ryan Jenkins, in Religious Educator 10, no. 3

Exemplary individuals in the Book of Mormon faced war and contention in their day. We can develop the same spiritual reservoir and degree of sanctification that they developed while living in wartime.

"Captain Moroni's Wartime Strategies: An Application for the Spiritual Battles of Our Day," Richard J. McClendon, in Religious Educator 3, no. 3

To draw parallels between the physical and the spiritual--between Moroni's physical battles on the field and the spiritual battles that we face in our own lives today, McClendon asks: (1) What strategies did Captain Moroni use to prepare and protect himself and his people from evil men such as Zerahemnah, Amalickiah, and Ammoron? And (2) How can these strategies be implemented to build spiritual defenses of our own against Satan and the evil of our day?

"Finding the Prince of Peace in the War Chapters: An Analysis of Alma 44," Dallin Lewis, in Selections from the Religious Education Student Symposium 2007

While it might seem strange for modern readers to relate battles and fighting with the Prince of Peace, the Nephites saw wars through a spiritual lens. Military fights were not only a measure of prowess, but their successes and failures on the battlefield were also interpreted as a measure of their own righteousness.

"Captain Moroni's Stratagem: Straight from the Scriptures," Chris Alvarez, in Selections from the Religious Education Student Symposium 2008

Captain Moroni’s strategies followed some of those described in the Old Testament. He used fortifications, ruse, stratagem, and siege. He also knew of the necessity of righteousness as a spiritual defense.