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Power of Deliverance by L. Tom Perry
In Elder Perry’s talk entitled “Power of Deliverance” he speaks about many situations in the scriptures where people were in bondage to some degree or another and how they were delivered.
One of the first stories of deliverance is Lehi’s departure into the wilderness with his family. They were to be delivered from the destruction that waited Jerusalem.
“But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance” (1 Nephi 1:20).
There were several times that Nephi was delivered (from Laban, from his wicked brothers who wanted to kill him on multiple occasions, from starvation, etc.)
One of the other stories Elder Perry shared is the story of the people of King Limhi verses the story of the people of Alma. Both were in bondage, but the Lord was slow to hear the cries of the people of Limhi “because of their iniquities; nevertheless the Lord did hear their cries, and began to soften the hearts of the Lamanites that they began to ease their burdens; yet the Lord did not see fit to deliver them out of bondage.” Alma 21:15
Alma and his people settled in the land of Helam, then an army of the Lamanites came into the borders of the land. “And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.”Mosiah 24:13
The difference? The people of Alma had already begun to be baptized and make covenants. They were already humble while the people of Limhi were compelled to be humble.
One of my favorite scriptures about deliverance is 2 Nephi 10:20
“And now, my beloved brethren, seeing that our merciful God has given us so great knowledge concerning these things, let us remember him, and lay aside our sins, and not hang down our heads, for we are not cast off; nevertheless, we have been driven out of the land of our inheritance; but we have been led to a better land, for the Lord has made the sea our path, and we are upon an isle of the sea.
Often times we are driven from a place that is comfortable and familiar to be lead into a wilderness of trial. We need to always remember that as long as we are following the Lord he will lead us to where we need to be, even a “better land.”