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Serena is devastated when her lifelong friend, Aminadab, is banned from Zarahemla for abandoning his faith and persecuting the saints. To add to her despair, she loses the rare ruby her father entrusted to her and she feels all is lost.


Unbeknownst to her, Aminadab finds the ruby, and takes it as his only reminder of Serena. As an outcast, Aminadab and his company of dissenters seek refuge among the Lamanites, who happen to be the very people who killed his parents. Not only is his anxiety high for being surrounded by these bloodthirsty people, but he quickly discovers he's in the middle of a Gadianton plot to start a war between the Nephites and Lamanites.


Selling the ruby soon becomes the only option Aminadab has at escaping the volatile life he finds himself in. However, this act might forever banish him from ever being in Serena's graces again.



In D Vansen's Book of Mormon Adventure, Aminadab must choose which side he's on in a reflective journey of self-discovery, while Serena must stay faithful and hold onto the hope that a lost faith is never too far gone.

     Author's Note

    A FIRE THAT HEALS IS BASED from the real sciptural events told in Helaman chapter five of the Book of Mormon. Aminadab is only briefly mentioned; therefore, I have taken the fictional liberty to develop a story that might depict some of the events that surrounded this certain timeframe. It was hard for me to portray that exact time that lasped before war had devasted the people, and in order to keep the flow of the story I don't give a specific year or years that pass. The most important aspect is the growth that occurs for the characters.

     My hope for this story is that the readers are reminded that we all need divine intervention to make it through this life. I hope that the story inspries everyone to be more conscientious of the examples that are found in the scriptures that can foster faith and spiritual healing.

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