Elder L. Tom Perry: 'The power of deliverance'

Prophecies foretelling the life and mission of Jesus Christ speak of the deliverance only He can provide. "His Atonement and Resurrection provide all of us an escape from physical death, and, if we repent, an escape from spiritual death, bringing with it the blessings of eternal life," said Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve during the Sunday afternoon session of conference.

Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

"I wish to speak about how the Book of Mormon, which is a tender mercy of the Lord preserved for these latter-days, delivers us by teaching us, in a pure and 'most correct' way, the doctrine of Christ," he said.

Telling of a young friend named Scott, Elder Perry spoke of Scott's boldness in sharing the gospel. On a plane flight to visit his brother, Scott spoke with a person seated next to him about the Book of Mormon. "This year in Sunday School classes, we are studying of the Book of Mormon. As we prepare and participate, may we be motivated to follow Scott's bold example to share our love of this special scripture with others not of our faith," Elder Perry said.

Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

He then directed his address to two stories from the Book of Mormon about deliverance. The first was about the people of Limhi who were in bondage to the Lamanites. "When Limhi's people had their fill of Lamanite abuses, they convinced the king to go against them in battle. Three times they were defeated. Heavy burdens were laid upon them," he said. "The Lord was slow to hear their cries.…"

The second story was about the people of Alma who were also subject to the Lamanites. When the Lamanites placed heavy burdens on the people of Alma, "The people of Alma were delivered from the hands of the Lamanites and safely made their way back to be united with the people of Zarahemla."

Elder Perry asked, "What was the difference between the people of Alma and the people of Limhi?... the people of Alma were peaceful and more righteous; they had already been baptized and entered into a covenant with the Lord; they humbled themselves before the Lord even before their tribulations started."

To close his remarks, Elder Perry noted an additional two stories, one from the Old Testament and one from the Book of Mormon. He first spoke of Lot who "pitched his tent facing Sodom, a city of great wickedness." The second story was about King Benjamin and his instruction to his people gathered to hear his final words. "King Benjamin instructed them to position the doors of their tents facing the temple," he said. "We can be delivered from the ways of evil and wickedness by turning to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures."

"I declare that Jesus us the Christ, and we can draw close to Him by reading the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. The first testaments of our Savior are the Old and New Testaments — or the Bible."

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