Leila's life in Zarahemla is blessed, but that doesn't mean it's easy. With her husband, Helaman, traveling as a ruler and a prophet, she often has to face her challenges alone. Now that the Gadianton Robbers are threatening to plunge the city into complete chaos, Leila knows she'll have to defend her belief in the coming Christ, even if it means risking everything.
About the Author
LeAnn Larson was the co-publisher of The Arizonian, published in Scottsdale, AZ 1994-1997, and The Pioneer Newspaper in Snowflake AZ, 1999-2008. She has been employed writing ad copy for printed marketing materials and has written many newspaper and opinion articles over a 20-year career as a copy journalist, editor, and publisher.
From the Author:
THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE the experience of finding this story is to say that it was “downloaded” into my consciousness while I was fully awake in late 2012. It was an emotional experience.
While this story was being “downloaded,” I told my husband what I was receiving, and he pointed out that it sounded like the wife of Nephi (son of Helaman) in the days just before the birth of Christ as told of in the Book of Mormon. (While we don’t know her name, I call her Leila.) I reread the scriptures, and indeed it sounded like this time frame. The story and events seemed to match. I felt all the emotions of most of the characters in the story, especially that of Leila and Nephi’s troublesome horse.
The story was so touching and taught so many important lessons of the gospel from the female perspective that I decided writing this book would be a perfect way to learn creative service to God.
This story is fiction, but it is based on events we know to be true from the Book of Mormon in the book of Helaman, chapters 4–16, beginning where Nephi was serving as the chief judge. It ends after twenty-eight years of missionary service, at the birth of Christ in the Old World. I have done my best to line up the events described in the book of Helaman with the events in this story. I have rewritten a few of Nephi’s direct quotes into our common way of speaking, but I believe the meaning is still correct.
I love this amazing story, and I am sorry to say that it did not come from me. It came to me, unsolicited after I simply asked the Lord for a spiritual experience that would add to my faith in Jesus Christ.