Book of Mormon and Deliverance: Introduction

Throughout Christian scripture are the consistently repeated themes of redemption, liberation, and reclamation. It is of interesting note that there is no real case of God’s children achieving these things through revolution on their own terms and philosophy but, rather, through divine deliverance as they learn how to turn to the Lord will full purpose of heart, put their trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind (Mosiah 7:33).

This constitutes a new project for me. As I begin to re-read the Book of Mormon I will write about passages of scripture that stand out and inspire me to in learning more how the tender mercies of the Lord apply to the Christ’s power of deliverance (1 Ne 1:20). I will log each article here, as I write them.

Through our life on this earth, it is easy for us to forget the great things that the Lord has done – and still continues to do – for each of us in leading us towards safety, peace, and freedom. In his infinite wisdom and mercy, the Lord continuously puts forward his message to his children to follow him and to keep his commandments – yet it is up to us, free from compulsion and threat of force, to choose to take hold of his gospel. Sadly, it seems that with complete freedom and autonomy God’s children often choose captivity and death, for as the Lord has remorsefully stated,

And again, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, who have fallen; yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, ye that dwell at Jerusalem, as ye that have fallen; yea, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens, and ye would not (3 Ne 10:5).

We do not have a passive and indifferent God that merely lords over a planetary species, but a loving and benevolent Heavenly Parent who is actively engaged in his children’s eternal lives and joy (Moses 1:39). It is my intent and desire to very much demonstrate, through my own discovery and repentance process, how good and loving the Lord has been to his children in delivering them
from the chains and bondage that comes with this life. Truth be told, I write this mostly for my own children, so that they will have a record of their father’s own journey – that they too will know, as I have learned, who they must look to for redemption in this life and for joy in the life hereafter (2 Ne 25:26).