Limhi’s people came into Lamanite bondage as a result of their wickedness (see Mosiah 20:21); they were humbled and turned to God as a result of their bondage. Alma’s people were brought into bondage as a trial of their faith (see Mosiah 23:21). Both groups prayed mightily to be released from bondage. While both groups of people were eventually delivered and arrived in Zarahemla, the Lord helped each group in different ways. By studying the trials and deliverance of Limhi’s group, we can see the Lord will answer our prayers in His own way and time as we humble ourselves (Mosiah 22:1–9, 13–14). By studying the trials and deliverance of Alma’s people, we can learn how to rely on the Lord for strength amid our own struggles and challenges (Mosiah 24:17–25). (See Book of Mormon Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students, (2012), 131–33)
To be delivered usually means to be set free, helped, or brought through something. Studying these two accounts of divine deliverance can help us increase our faith to call upon the Lord for daily divine deliverance from whatever afflictions you are experiencing.
“No one wants adversity. Trials, disappointments, sadness, and heartache come to us from two basically different sources. Those who transgress the laws of God will always have those challenges. The other reason for adversity is to accomplish the Lord’s own purposes in our life that we may receive the refinement that comes from testing. It is vitally important for each of us to identify from which of these two sources come our trials and challenges, for the corrective action is very different” (Elder Richard G. Scott, “Trust in the Lord,” Ensign, Nov. 1995).
|LIMHI’S PEOPLE||ALMA’S PEOPLE|
|They were placed in bondage after much bloodshed (see Mosiah 21:5–13).||They were placed in bondage with no bloodshed (see Mosiah 23:35–38).|
|The Lord was slow to hear their cries because of their iniquities (see Mosiah 21:15).||The Lord answered their prayers quickly (see Mosiah 23:10–13).|
|Their burdens were eased because the Lord softened the hearts of the Lamanites (see Mosiah 21:15).||The Lord strengthened them so they could bear their burdens with ease (see Mosiah 24:14–15).|
|Gideon conceived a plan of escape (see Mosiah 21:36;22:1–9).||The Lord told them, “Be of good comfort, for on the morrow I will deliver you out of bondage” (Mosiah 24:16).|
|They got the guards drunk (see Mosiah 22:10).||The Lord caused the guards to sleep (see Mosiah 24:19).|
Instead of taking the time to read my thoughts on all of this, I feel it will be much more useful for you to use your time reviewing, “Trust in the Lord”, by Elder Scott.
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