I love this verse. I only recently “discovered” it. King Limhi, son of wicked King Noah in the Book of Mormon, gathered his people around the temple in the land of Nephi and made this amazing promise.
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 ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage. (Mosiah 7:33.)
His people, who were in bondage to the Lamanites after the raucous reign of Limhi’s father Noah, were told to follow three distinct steps in order to win deliverance from their enemies.
- “Turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart”
- “Put your trust in him”
- “Serve him with all diligence of mind”
A short and simple formula, but the promise is staggering.
To me, following #2 is easier than steps #1 and #3, but all are needed. If you follow #2, #1 and #3 will come naturally, eventually.
P.S. The word perseverance does not appear in the verse, but it’s there, nevertheless. Perseverance is the key to success in life and faith.
I also like this cross-reference, 14 chapters later.
And now all the study of Ammon and his people, and king Limhi and his people, was to deliver themselves out of the hands of the Lamanites and from bondage. (Mosiah 21:36; emphasis added.)
“All [their] study” was to “deliver themselves” from bondage. Though they called upon God, they also called on themselves to do their part. I believe God wants to help us fix our problems, not to always fix problems for us, with little interest or participation on our part.