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KnoWhy #161 - How Old Were the Stripling Warriors? (Alma 53:20)

TitleKnoWhy #161 - How Old Were the Stripling Warriors? (Alma 53:20)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2016
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsHelaman (Son of Alma the Younger); Lamanite; Nephite; People of Ammon; Stripling Warriors; Warfare

While the fathers of the stripling warriors were still under oath not to take up arms again, their sons were old enough to fight, but young enough to have not made that oath themselves. When the young men took up arms, approximately 15 years had elapsed since their parents’ covenant. Visualizing an army of adolescents, ranging from early teens, or even preteens, to about 20, adds emphasis to key points in the narrative. Their notable youth amplifies the greatness of their courage and magnifies the miracle. Like the stripling warriors, through faith, courage, and obedience, youth today can overcome their challenges “with the strength of God.”

Citation Key2097

Scripture Reference

Alma 53:20