"But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if you do this he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage."
There's that word again - diligence. Oh how we need diligence. The scriptures are packed with promises, promises, promises. And then, of course, there's that BIG if/then statement (thank you seminary) - when you turn to the Lord, then you will be delivered out of bondage.
Bondage... bondage.... what is bondage? I think it's different for everyone. Limhi's people were in physical bondage from the Lamanites - heavily taxed + slaves. There are endless amounts of physical bondage spanning years and even decades - children who are starving, families being torn apart, abusive situations, disease, pain, death. And there's also spiritual bondage that leaves us with very little hope. In our day, the sheer quantity of distractions and access to information provides a quick barrier between ourselves and the Lord. Goodness, it's hard! But His promise is clear, when you turn to the Lord, then you will be delivered out of bondage. Whatever "bondage" that can be faced, the Lord is capable and will deliver us as we turn to Him and serve.
Oh how I'm learning to love the scriptures. They radiate power and peace from the pages. #Truth