Verse 2: And he was a just man, and he did walk uprightly before God; and he did observe to do good continually, to keep the commandments of the Lord his God; and also did his brother.
This verse talks about Shiblon, the middle son of Alma, and refers to Helaman, Alma’s eldest son. Good men are just men. Good people walk uprightly before God seeking to do right. They are not perfect; they still have things to learn. Good men seek to keep God’s commandments. While there have been men who have used their positions of leadership for greed or power, there are so many more who just do the best they can in their lives to serve and help others. Sometimes women also use their power and influence for selfish means. It is important that each person seeks to do God’s will and not their own so that others’ lives can be blessed and helped.
Truth is important because it gives us the ideals of what to strive and live for. Each of us has weakness and temptations that might prevent us from reaching the ideal easily. It is to keep trying even when we make mistakes; this effort helps to strengthen us and to get us closer to the goal of becoming who we really are. The effort and focus changes us. It is through Jesus Christ and His Atonement that we will eventually achieve our best selves.
Jesus Christ is the bridge between who we are now and who we can become in order to live with Heavenly Father again. It is His grace that will enable the change. It is in the next life that we will realize our most sacred desires of becoming. In this life we must continue trying even when we fail and fail and fail. Our efforts to succeed will be with His help.
Verse 11: Therefore it became expedient for Shiblon to confer those sacred things, before his death, upon the son of Helaman, who was called Helaman, being called after the name of his father.
Verse 12: Now, behold, all those engravings which were in the possession of Helaman were written and sent forth among the children of men throughout all the land, save it were those parts which had been commanded by Alma should not go forth.
Verse 13: Nevertheless, these things were to be kept sacred, and handed down from one generation to another; therefore, in this year, they had been conferred upon Helaman, before the death of Shiblon.
Having great interest in family histories and genealogy, I like that the records of the Nephites were kept and passed down in the family. Although some records were also shared throughout all the land, it is good to keep special experiences sacred. I know that recording the events of our lives as well as answers to prayer enables us to clearly see the Lord’s hand in our lives.
Recording hard times and how they resolved helps us in later hard times to have faith that they will also be resolved. Keeping records of our efforts to do good and to continue to try during difficult times, helps strengthen our resolve and gives our descendants opportunities to see our trials through our own words.
May we each be patient with ourselves and others as we walk on the path of becoming better disciples. May we help one another and be kind to each other. May we record the experiences that show the goodness God toward us.