March 13, 2018 God’s Deliverance by Rebekah Ellsworth

“Many of the stories of the Book of Mormon are stories of deliverance. Lehi’s departure into the wilderness with his family was about deliverance from the destruction of Jerusalem. The story of the Jaredites is a story of deliverance, as is the story of the Mulekites. Alma the Younger was delivered from sin. Helaman’s stripling warriors were delivered in battle. Nephi and Lehi were delivered from prison. The theme of deliverance is evident throughout the entire Book of Mormon” (Elder L. Tom Perry, “The Power of Deliverance,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2012, 94).

“In the gospel of Jesus Christ you have help from both sides of the veil and you must never forget that. When disappointment and discouragement strike—and they will—you must remember and never forget that if our eyes could be opened we would see horses and chariots of fire as far as the eye can see riding at reckless speed to come to our protection. They will always be there, these armies of heaven, in defense of Abraham’s seed.” – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “For Times of Trouble,” Ensign, January 1982

Principles of Deliverance
God’s power of deliverance is real
The size of the adversary is irrelevant (as is the skill/experience of your army)
Murmuring doesn’t help
God often delivers by empowering us
Repent, be humble, cry unto God, trust God, act in faith, keep the commandments, serve God and be patient (and others) to access God’s power of deliverance
Deliverance isn’t always immediate
Sometimes we are not delivered
Give thanks for God’s deliverance
Record and recall previous deliverance for future faith
The reason for our bondage

“The unique burdens in each of our lives help us to rely upon the merits, mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah (see 2 Nephi 2:8). I testify and promise the Savior will help us to bear up our burdens with ease (see Mosiah 24:15). As we are yoked with Him through sacred covenants and receive the enabling power of His Atonement in our lives, we increasingly will seek to understand and live according to His will. We also will pray for the strength to learn from, change, or accept our circumstances rather than praying relentlessly for God to change our circumstances according to our will. We will become agents who act rather than objects that are acted upon (see 2 Nephi 2:14). We will be blessed with spiritual traction.” – Elder David A. Bednar, “Bear Up Their Burdens With Ease,” General Conference, April 2014

February 20 2018 Mosiah 9-17 by Bekah Ellsworth

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will find out that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life to God will find he has eternal life.” – President Ezra Taft Benson

“The modern reader should not see the Mosaic code—anciently or in modern times—as simply a tedious set of religious rituals slavishly (and sometimes militantly) followed by a stiffnecked people who did not accept the Christ and his gospel. This historic covenant, given by the hand of God himself and second only to the fulness of the gospel as an avenue to righteousness, should be seen rather as the unparalleled collection of types, shadows, symbols, and prefigurations of Christ that it is. For that reason, it was once (and still is, in its essence and purity) a guide to spirituality, a gateway to Christ, a path of strict commandment-keeping that would, through laws of duty and decency, lead to higher laws of holiness on the way to immortality and eternal life.” – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant

“Surely the most sublime, the lengthiest and most lyrical declaration of the life, death, and atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ is that found in the 53rd chapter of Isaiah, quoted in its entirety in the Book of Mormon by Abinadi as he stood in chains before King Noah” – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant, p. 89