Helaman 15: "Except Ye Repent …"

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 155–156


Throughout most of the Book of Mormon account, the Nephites enjoyed the blessings of the gospel, including the privilege of having prophets and scriptures. The Lord has said that where much is given, much is required (see Luke 12:48; D&C 82:3). Look for how Samuel taught this principle in Helaman 15.

Understanding the Scriptures

Helaman 15

Desolate (v. 1)Wasted, destroyed, empty
Give suck (v. 2)Breast-feed their babies
Refuge (vv. 2, 12)Shelter for safety
Chastened (v. 3)Corrected by punishment or suffering
Circumspectly (v. 5)In righteousness
Statutes (v. 5)Laws
Dwindle in unbelief (vv. 11, 15)Turn gradually away from the truth

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study Helaman 15.

Activity A iconExplain the Idea

  1. 1.

    According to Helaman 15:3 and Doctrine and Covenants 95:1; 101:1–9, what is the purpose of the Lord’s chastening?

  2. 2.

    How is chastening a display of God’s love for us?

  3. 3.

    In what ways is the Lord’s chastening love similar to parents’ love as they chasten their children when necessary?

  4. 4.

    Review the warning Samuel gave the Nephites in Helaman 15:14–17 and explain how this scripture is similar to the Lord’s warning in Doctrine and Covenants 82:1–4.

Activity B iconHow to Be Firm and Steadfast

Samuel pointed out that the Lamanites who were converted through the preaching of Ammon and his brethren remained faithful even when the Nephites did not (see Helaman 15:1–6).

  1. 1.

    Search Helaman 15:7–8 and identify what happened to those Lamanites that caused them to be so “firm and steadfast in the faith.”

  2. 2.

    Draw the following diagram in your notebook and fill in the missing steps from what you learned in verses 7–8.

  3. 3.

    What part of this process do you feel you need to improve to increase your faith in Jesus Christ?