In Mosiah 23, Alma (the elder) and his people have settled in the land of Helam. They’d previously escaped Noah’s soldiers. Now they’ve built a city and are farming the land around it
25. For behold, it came to pass that while they were in the land of Helam, yea, in the city of Helam, while tilling the land round about, behold an army of the Lamanites was in the borders of the land.
26. Now it came to pass that the brethren of Alma fled from their fields, and gathered themselves together in the city of Helam; and they were much frightened because of the appearance of the Lamanites.
So they’re out working the earth, creating their own food, and this army shows up. It’s not looking for them, so it’s probably one of those encounters where the farmer looks up when he notices a guy walking along the edge of his field. Then he sees another and another, and quickly realizes there’s a whole army behind, and on the other side of them. The army wasn’t coming for them, or even aware of their existence, so it doesn’t respond quickly to what seems at first to be just a few farmers in the middle of nowhere.
However word passes through an army like that, word gets around that these farmers didn’t just run, they ran to a city. The leaders of this lost army realize they can likely get directions home, at the very least.
27. But Alma went forth and stood among them, and exhorted them that they should not be frightened, but that they should remember the Lord their God and he would deliver them.
28. Therefore they hushed their fears, and began to cry unto the Lord that he would soften the hearts of the Lamanites, that they would spare them, and their wives, and their children.
Interesting that “they hushed their [own] fears”. I think self control and learning to mentally take yourself through something difficult is a skill God would have us develop. He shouldn’t need to calm our minds every time. Especially in our modern world, where much of our anxiety, frustration, etc, is really not very “big” in the big picture. We complain about construction not going as planned on our house that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, while near-starving people in central america could build and feed an entire village for years, on that amount. Not all our problems are small, but many are. Learning to process and contextualize our fears and frustrations, then analyze and “hush” them, is an important tool in coping. Especially because our world is so alarmist. So much is “the greatest”, “the worst”, “the most epic”, or “the most spectacular.” Our brains are trained for exaggeration and alarmism.
It’s only after they calm themselves and find a level of inner-peace, that they then start to “cry unto the Lord.” Out of respect, it seems like a good idea to go to the Lord with a level head and some perspective, whenever we can. These people had far more to be alarmed and frenzied about than most of us experience. They found calm, so can we.
29. And it came to pass the the Lord did soften the hearts of the Lamanites. And Alma and his brethren went forth and delivered themselves up into their hands; and the Lamanites took possession of the land of Helam.
…And the results are mostly good. Not ideal, as they become slaves in their own homes, much like Limhi’s people were. But at least they aren’t being killed and raped. They’ll live to gain their freedom another day.