Samuel the Lamanite – Helaman 13:1-39

1 And now it came to pass in the eighty and sixth year, the Nephites did still remain in wickedness, yea, in great wickedness, while the Lamanites did observe strictly to keep the commandments of God, according to the law of Moses.

2 And it came to pass that in this year there was one Samuel, a Lamanite, came into the land of Zarahemla, and began to preach unto the people. And it came to pass that he did preach, many days, repentance unto the people, and they did cast him out, and he was about to return to his own land.

3 But behold, the voice of the Lord [Revelation, the word of God to Samuel.] came unto him, that he should return again, and prophesy unto the people whatsoever things should come into his heart. [We must pay close attention to the thoughts and feelings that come into our heart, for if we are in the Spirit it will come forth as prophecy and revelation. If you have pure intent and filled with virtue it will be a spring of inspiration for you.]

4 And it came to pass that they would not suffer that he should enter into the city; therefore he went and got upon the wall thereof, and stretched forth his hand and cried with a loud voice, and prophesied unto the people whatsoever things the Lord put into his heart. [The city of Zarahemla was surround by a mound with a timbered wall for protection, as built previously during the great wars.]

5 And he said unto them: Behold, I, Samuel, a Lamanite, do speak the words of the Lord which he doth put into my heart; and behold he hath put it into my heart to say unto this people that the sword of justice hangeth over this people; and four hundred years pass not away save the sword of justice falleth upon this people. [A very specific prophecy regarding the fall of the Nephites.]

6 Yea, heavy destruction awaiteth this people, and it surely cometh unto this people, and nothing can save this people save it be repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ, who surely shall come into the world, and shall suffer many things and shall be slain for his people.

7 And behold, an angel of the Lord hath declared it unto me, and he did bring glad tidings to my soul. And behold, I was sent unto you to declare it unto you also, that ye might have glad tidings; but behold ye would not receive me.

8 Therefore, thus saith the Lord: Because of the hardness of the hearts of the people of the Nephites, except they repent I will take away my word from them, and I will withdraw my Spirit from them, and I will suffer them no longer, and I will turn the hearts of their brethren against them.

9 And four hundred years shall not pass away before I will cause that they shall be smitten; yea, I will visit them with the sword and with famine and with pestilence.

10 Yea, I will visit them in my fierce anger, and there shall be those of the fourth generation who shall live, of your enemies, to behold your utter destruction; and this shall surely come except ye repent, saith the Lord; and those of the fourth generation shall visit your destruction. [In this verse the word “generation” is used to mean a hundred years.]

11 But if ye will repent and return unto the Lord your God I will turn away mine anger [judgment], saith the Lord; yea, thus saith the Lord, blessed are they who will repent and turn unto me, but wo unto him that repenteth not.

12 Yea, wo unto this great city of Zarahemla; for behold, it is because of those who are righteous that it is saved; yea, wo unto this great city, for I perceive, saith the Lord, that there are many, yea, even the more part of this great city, that will harden their hearts against me, saith the Lord.

What does the Lord do when a city becomes ripe in iniquity and there are still some righteous living there? Sometimes the righteous suffer before the storm, and other times they are led to safety. What determines who and how? Often the difference is those who ask the Lord for direction.

13 But blessed are they who will repent [turn their hearts to me], for them will I spare. But behold, if it were not for the righteous who are in this great city, behold, I would cause that fire should come down out of heaven and destroy it.

Such was the case with Sodom and Gomorrah. How wicked must a city be to earn such a judgment? There have been such evil cities before, often destroyed by famine, war, or plague, but fire? To receive such a judgment would require an overly insidious decline into the Satanic cult of secret combination and their abominations that the Lord requires they be wiped clean. The city of Zarahemla was rife with Gadianton, human trafficking, murder, and human degradation to the extent that they were beyond saving. Samuel was sent to preach and to stand as another witness to these people before they would be wiped clean.

14 But behold, it is for the righteous’ sake that it is spared. But behold, the time cometh, saith the Lord, that when ye shall cast out the righteous from among you [either by murder or exile], then shall ye be ripe for destruction; yea, wo be unto this great city, because of the wickedness and abominations which are in her.

15 Yea, and wo be unto the city of Gideon, for the wickedness and abominations which are in her.

16 Yea, and wo be unto all the cities which are in the land round about, which are possessed by the Nephites, because of the wickedness and abominations which are in them.

17 And behold, a curse shall come upon the land, saith the Lord of Hosts, because of the people’s sake who are upon the land, yea, because of their wickedness and their abominations.

Even today there stands a great curse upon certain places in America. I don’t even need to mention their names. The Spirit can point these cities out to you if you ask.

18 And it shall come to pass, saith the Lord of Hosts, yea, our great and true God, that whoso shall hide up treasures in the earth shall find them again no more, because of the great curse of the land, save he be a righteous man and shall hide it up unto the Lord.

19 For I will, saith the Lord, that they shall hide up their treasures unto me; and cursed be they who hide not up their treasures unto me; for none hideth up their treasures unto me save it be the righteous; and he that hideth not up his treasures unto me, cursed is he, and also the treasure, and none shall redeem it because of the curse of the land.

20 And the day shall come that they shall hide up their treasures, because they have set their hearts upon riches; and because they have set their hearts upon their riches, and will hide up their treasures when they shall flee before their enemies; because they will not hide them up unto me, cursed be they and also their treasures; and in that day shall they be smitten, saith the Lord.

21 Behold ye, the people of this great city, and hearken unto my words; yea, hearken unto the words which the Lord saith; for behold, he saith that ye are cursed because of your riches, and also are your riches cursed because ye have set your hearts upon them, and have not hearkened unto the words of him who gave them unto you.

The Nephites did not have banks to store their wealth. They literally would bury them in the ground. Samuel uses this common practice among the Nephites to teach them, like the one who hides his riches but later cannot find them again. All is lost to them because of their wickedness.

22 Ye do not remember the Lord your God in the things with which he hath blessed you, but ye do always remember your riches, not to thank the Lord your God for them; yea, your hearts are not drawn out unto the Lord, but they do swell with great pride, unto boasting, and unto great swelling [seeking even more], envyings, strifes [contentions], malice [revenge], persecutions, and murders, and all manner of iniquities.

23 For this cause hath the Lord God caused that a curse should come upon the land, and also upon your riches, and this because of your iniquities. [The Lord will take away their blessings.]

24 Yea, wo unto this people, because of this time which has arrived, that ye do cast out the prophets, and do mock them, and cast stones at them, and do slay them, and do all manner of iniquity unto them, even as they did of old time.

25 And now when ye talk, ye say: If our days had been in the days of our fathers of old, we would not have slain the prophets; we would not have stoned them, and cast them out.

26 Behold ye are worse than they; for as the Lord liveth, if a prophet come among you and declareth unto you the word of the Lord, which testifieth of your sins and iniquities, ye are angry with him, and cast him out and seek all manner of ways to destroy him; yea, you will say that he is a false prophet, and that he is a sinner, and of the devil, because he testifieth that your deeds are evil. [These were the very thoughts the people had toward Samuel as he preached to them, he discerned their hearts and prophesied according to the Spirit.]

27 But behold, if a man shall come among you and shall say: Do this, and there is no iniquity; do that and ye shall not suffer; yea, he will say: Walk after the pride of your own hearts; yea, walk after the pride of your eyes, and do whatsoever your heart desireth—and if a man shall come among you and say this, ye will receive him, and say that he is a prophet. [Many today teach such doctrine, as they preach to those eager to be justified in their sins and iniquity. Even among many who call themselves Disciples of Christ.]

28 Yea, ye will lift him up, and ye will give unto him of your substance; ye will give unto him of your gold, and of your silver, and ye will clothe him with costly apparel; and because he speaketh flattering words unto you, and he saith that all is well, then ye will not find fault with him. [How many who are raised up among the established churches are sustained with great wealth and comfort for their positions of authority? Their words are accepted as scripture because of their position and they say to us, “All is well!”]

29 O ye wicked and ye perverse generation; ye hardened and ye stiffnecked people [you will not change your ways], how long will ye suppose that the Lord will suffer you? Yea, how long will ye suffer yourselves to be led by foolish and blind guides? Yea, how long will ye choose darkness rather than light? [A “blind guide” is one who has not the Spirit of God to guide them, yet sets themselves up as a light. You have the blind leading the blind. How would one know that they are being led in such a manner? If the gifts of the Spirit are not in abundance – you must ask God for direction.]

30 Yea, behold, the anger of the Lord is already kindled against you; behold, he hath cursed the land because of your iniquity.

31 And behold, the time cometh that he curseth your riches, that they become slippery, that ye cannot hold them; and in the days of your poverty ye cannot retain them.

32 And in the days of your poverty ye shall cry unto the Lord; and in vain shall ye cry, for your desolation is already come upon you, and your destruction is made sure; and then shall ye weep and howl in that day, saith the Lord of Hosts. And then shall ye lament, and say:

33 O that I had repented, and had not killed the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out. Yea, in that day ye shall say: O that we had remembered the Lord our God in the day that he gave us our riches, and then they would not have become slippery that we should lose them; for behold, our riches are gone from us.

This passage of scripture is prophetic for our day as well. How many of us trust on our own finances, savings, investments, and wealth to protect and secure our lives. The day will come when it will be gone, taken in a moment, and all we will have is our faith and protection according to the priesthood within us. Wealth is a slippery thing if not managed properly. Trust in the Lord.

34 Behold, we lay a tool here and on the morrow it is gone; and behold, our swords are taken from us in the day we have sought them for battle.

35 Yea, we have hid up our treasures and they have slipped away from us, because of the curse of the land.

36 O that we had repented in the day that the word of the Lord came unto us; for behold the land is cursed, and all things are become slippery, and we cannot hold them. [In the last days the only protection of any value will be our ability to receive revelation because we have an established relationship with the Lord. Such a commodity can only be acquired by consistent repentance.]

37 Behold, we are surrounded by demons, yea, we are encircled about by the angels of him who hath sought to destroy our souls. Behold, our iniquities are great. O Lord, canst thou not turn away thine anger from us? And this shall be your language in those days. [And such is our day.]

38 But behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure; yea, for ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head.

It is almost impossible to repent when destruction is at the gate. Fear is not enough to make us clean. The Adversary fears the power of God, they cry and howl, but are only pushed back and sent away because theirs is not a true repentance. To repent is to seek God out of love and desire to know Him, to give away your sins because you want to be with Him. Often it requires a time of cultivation to make way for the fruit to come.

39 O ye people of the land, that ye would hear my words! And I pray that the anger of the Lord be turned away from you, and that ye would repent and be saved.

I then asked the Lord about Samuel the Lamanite. I wanted to understand more about who he was and what he did. I did not expect the scope of the question and the beautifully weaved tapestry of backstory that Samuel brings.

The following text is from my personal journal having had an experience with the Lord. Pray for your own confirmation:

I then asked the Lord about Samuel the Lamanite. I wanted to understand more about who he was and what he did. I did not expect the scope of the question and the beautifully weaved tapestry of backstory that Samuel brings.

Samuel was indeed among the 2000 sons of Helaman, the people of Ammon who had been brought out from the Lamanites after their conversion. I saw in vision as the Lord showed me him as a  young man, with a thin build, eager to serve the Lord in all things.

I saw him standing upon the wall. He looked to be in his thirties, but it is hard to tell. He had a look in his eyes that looked older. His eyes were filled with love and wisdom. His hair was black. I didn’t notice much gray. It was cropped to the neck and his hair pulled straight back. He wore a natural white colored coat with a narrow crimson neck scarf that went down to his waste when it draped around his neck. His family tapestry was attached to his belt under his coat. It must have been in the fall, because it was cooler outside. He was very lean and reminded me of some of these marathon runners. He had no facial hair and his skin was darker. I felt the Spirit greatly as I watched him preach to the people from the wall. He was imploring them, almost crying as he spoke. He came day after day to different locations along the wall.

The Lord then expanded the vision to help me understand more of who Samuel was. His grandmother was Abish, who was instrumental in helping the people of Ammon convert to the Lord. She had been given a dream where she was told that her posterity would bare great prophets to the Lord, something she held close to her heart and very sacred. Samuel lived in the land of Jershon, but moved just southeast of Zarahemla for a time. His son’s name was Isaiah, and would become one of the twelve chosen disciples of the Lord in Bountiful, and the third of the three Nephites that would be translated. He was considered a Nephite, because the word was used as a social designation in that context. The Lord reminded me that He was in every detail. My heart felt it would gush forth in joy as this information was shared to me.

 

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15 Responses to Samuel the Lamanite – Helaman 13:1-39

  1. Nathan Wilder says:

    One of the things that has stood out to me so much as I’ve read your Book of Mormon posts is that preparing ourselves spiritually is more important than anything.

    I often talk with family members and friends who are preparing in some physical way for “the end” or just retirement. Food storage, solar panels, 401ks, housing investments, stock investments. Oftentimes they’re not interested in asking the Lord what they need to do to prepare. They lean to their own wisdom and understanding.

    Sometimes when reading about the things that are going to come upon the nation and world it’s very tempting to start thinking and planning for what I would do. I’ve gotten caught up in researching earthquake retrofits, solar panels, mass food storage and reading everything earthly about what to do in a disaster situation without counseling with the Lord.

    I have loved and appreciated your counsel to seek the Lord and ask him what to do. Then we can with confidence “prepare” in some physical way according to his knowledge and will rather than our own.

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  2. I added more information in Helaman 7 from my personal experience with the Lord. Pray for your own confirmation as you read the amended journal entry.

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  3. S Silver says:

    Vs 34 & 35: Does the “slippery” possessions mean they are being stolen or literally disappearing from this realm because of the curse? [They are stolen and lost. In some cases swallowed by the earth. PR]

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  4. Nate says:

    “Fear is not enough to make us clean. The Adversary fears the power of God, they cry and howl, but are only pushed back and sent away because theirs is not a true repentance.”

    Huh, interesting. So when we repent but of fear we are like the adversary? [The adversary does not repent. They withdraw. Unless they are in Spirit Prison, repent and go to the light of God.PR]

    A lot of prophets in the scriptures preach eternal damnation (which we know now does not occur in the traditional Christian/Mormon school of thought), fear and guilt. Why does God have them do this if He Himself is love and wants repentance out of love? [The prophets role is to call to repentance. For a covenant people it requires them to remind them of the consequences of disobedience. PR]

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  5. Nate says:

    “Such was the case with Sodom and Gomorrah”… “To receive such a judgment would require an overly insidious decline into the Satanic cult of secret combination”

    Growing up in the church, many of us have heard many times that Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed over the sin of homosexuality. I still hear that today. But to set the record straight, you are saying in actuality the cause for its destruction was not simply homosexuality but secret combinations? (satanic oaths, human trafficking and human sacrifice)… which makes sense, at Lots house the men of Sodom wanted to actually rape them.

    Are these the same conditions that lead to the Lord commanding Israel to destroy the Cannanite/Amorite tribes? [The Satanic cults combine every kind of depravity. God is merciful by destroying these people to preserve the innocent. PR]

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  6. TSJ says:

    I have often wondered about Samuel the Lamanite. Who was he? How was he called by God? Where did he come from…the Land of Lehi or from the North? Did he have some sort of family connection with Nephi? What I mean by that is did he come from the “Priesthood” line like so many descendants of King David had claim of “Kingship”. Sorry I don’t have better terms to describe specifically the blood and covenant connections I am speaking of that could have been part of a family line preparatory for his mission. Also is Samuel the Lamanite a type and shadow of the End Time Lamanite Servant – Joseph? [Good questions. I plan to ask the Lord more about Samuel. PR]

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  7. Bryce Passey says:

    I have always found the story of Samuel the Lamanite to be fascinating. Nephi, son of Helaman, grandson of Alma the younger, great grandson of Alma… A prophet who had been given the sealing power from the Father… Nephi is “the” prophet and yet God calls on Samuel to deliver his warning to the people of Zarahemla. In my religious heritage, I’ve been taught that “the”prophet is God’s mouthpiece and yet… Here stand Samuel on the wall… Obediently delivering God’s words. For me there is great application for today.

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  8. Jim Chase says:

    Behold, we lay a tool here and on the morrow it is gone; and behold, our swords are taken from us in the day we have sought them for battle. Yea, we have hid up our treasures and they have slipped away from us, because of the curse of the land.

    When I think of this scripture in relation to us on a national level it looks quit bleak, To have our tools taken from us would be to have our manufacturing and production capabilities stop producing. To have our swords taken from us would be equivalent to having our great defense capability destroyed and to have our treasures slip from us would be like our whole financial system collapsing. You seem to indicate this in your book. I wonder if it will occur in the order that Samuel puts it, meaning will we see our manufacturing go first and then our defense and then then our banking system. I guess it really doesn’t matter, it looks like once one thing hits the fan everything else will follow.

    One thing of interest to me with this chapter is Samuel predicting the Nephi destruction in 400 years. Why would they care? We gentiles hardly think of what is going to happen in a one, two or five years little lone 400 years from now. If someone came up to us and told us that in 400 years America would be wiped out and no longer exist we would hardly care less. I’m left to wonder if the Nephities thought differently than we do on future events. It almost seems to me that they had a belief in some kind of multiple probation where they would somehow be connected with that destruction.
    We see the same kind of thing in 3 Nephi when Jesus is telling the Nephites of future events. He tells them that both they and their seed will see the fall of the gentiles. Do you have any insights on that? [He was speaking of their descendants, the modern Native Americans who would rise up in the last days. Often prophetic utterances focus upon generations and future posterity. It may not mean as much to them at the moment, but it is recorded and has great importance to those who read it later and realize the power of God unto the fulfillment of His words. PR]

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  9. Nate says:

    [The adversary does not repent. They withdraw. Unless they are in Spirit Prison, repent and go to the light of God.PR]

    But Sons or Perdition cannot repent, what do you mean by the Adversary? [In the realm of the adversary there are Sons of Perdition (higher level of Satan’s servants), there are those of perdition (damned souls who have made covenants with Satan), and evil spirits (disembodied spirits doing Satan’s bidding to seek favors). The disembodied spirits do most of what we see on a basic level with much of the havoc that occurs in our daily lives. Their fate is not sealed and if the Lord instructs a servant to intervene they can still seek repentance. It doesn’t happen very often, but can occur. There are too many spiritualists that try to commune with these spirits and personally teach them of Christ. Without direct revelation from the Lord and His involvement it can be extremely dangerous. PR]

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  10. 1lhn says:

    Thank you for sharing this amazing addition of Samuel the Lamanite! My heart is about to burst at how beautiful this is.

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  11. Nate says:

    “He was considered a Nephite, because the word was used as a social designation in that context. The Lord reminded me that He was in every detail.”

    How much of the details is the Lord involved in? What our names are on earth? [Our lives are like a finely woven tapestry, especially those who are born in the covenant. PR]

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  12. Nate says:

    Did you see the arrows being shot at Samuel on the wall? [I saw them from a perspective close to him, like standing next to him. They came within inches and at times seems to veer away, many at once. I could hear the sound of the arrows and see his clothing and hair move from the wind created by this. This continued for only a short time and he turned to go back down the wall. PR]

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  13. Chelsea Stoten says:

    OH THANK YOU so much how wonderful!!!

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  14. Nate says:

    Samuel spoke on the wall in 6 b.c. and Helaman lead the 2000 striping warriors in 66 b.c… that would mean Samuel was in his 70’s when he preached to the Nephites. Why did he look to be in his 30’s? [That is a good question. When I write what I see in my journal the descriptions are very raw, as I describe my impressions and the details I see. Let me give some more understanding regarding what I saw of Samuel: In the vision the Lord gave me I descended to the right shoulder of Samuel as he was upon the wall. I saw him best from this angle for about 5 seconds, before the angle changed and I was looking at him from about 20 feet away down below. I then was right next to him on his right as the arrows were shot at him. My impression when I first saw him was that he was thin, reminding me of a dark skinned marathon runner. I noticed a little grey, but his hair was dark. His eyes looked old, even wrinkled, but his skin was mostly tight. After my experience with the Lord I wondered how old he was? I had no idea, because I had not paid any attention to the timeline. Whether he had been translated, I did not know. He seemed both young and old at the same time. I remember as I wrote my impressions wondering whether he was in his late forties or thirties. When I write “it seems” or something to that nature it means that I am not clear for myself. I will need to ask the Lord for more information to understand his age more clearly.

    Another thought that comes to mind: When people read my notes on these Book of Mormon chapters I know there will be things written that at times make no sense. As I began this undertaking as the Lord commanded me, I wondered how many mistakes I would make along the way. I am certainly no scholar of scripture by the world’s standards. I don’t consult any scriptural commentary, or prescribed theories to the meaning of different passages. I don’t check much of what I write. It is raw and from the Spirit. As a reader it is upon you to study, ponder, and pray for your own confirmation. Often, the Lord gives us just enough information to either ask more questions, or to choose to disengage because what we have learned does not match our current perception. When I realized that I had written that Samuel seemed to be in his “thirties” and he clearly was older I wondered why I had written that. I will keep it that way in the text and trust in the Lord there is a reason, and seek further understanding. PR

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  15. Myrsmakeup says:

    First off – THANK YOU! Secondly- Thank you again! Without this format added to my personal study, I would be lost at times. Last, can you explain more about Samuel’s family tapestry?? His earthly family or possibly something more “eternal?” Or was it more of a Native American heirloom fabric identifying their peoples?? Thanks PR [It was some kind of special weaving that they would tie to their belt, unique to each family. It would contain symbols, colors, and meaning to them. I only saw quickly and it was colorful and seemed to have much detail. PR]

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