29 And there was also a cause of much sorrow among the Lamanites; for behold, they had many children who did grow up and began to wax strong in years, that they became for themselves, and were led away by some who were Zoramites, by their lyings and their flattering words, to join those Gadianton robbers.
30 And thus were the Lamanites afflicted also, and began to decrease as to their faith and righteousness, because of the wickedness of the rising generation.
As children are led away from the things we teach them, they become a great source of worry and sorrow. We want more than anything for them to know what we know and to experience the peace, confidence, and joy that we experience. The rising generation is the future, and as they decrease in faith and righteousness, the entire people are pulled down.
I have confidence in the rising generation. I have felt sad that many have drifted away from what they have been taught is true, but I also see the great faith and courage exhibited by some. They live lives of virtue. Sometimes that stand for truth and virtue results in them feeling peculiar among their peers or even lonely. I'm impressed with their faith and willingness to endure ridicule in order to hold true and remain steadfast.