Tale of Two Cities

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					Tale of Two Cities

President David O. McKay

Two voices are calling you—one coming out
 from the swamps of selfishness and force,
 where success means death; and the other
 from the hilltops of justice and progress,
 where even failure brings glory.
Tale of Two Cities
Limhi’s People                 Alma’s People
 Kept same behavior             Repent/Baptized
 Remained surrounded by sin     Left completely
 Attacked by Lamanites- Noah    Attacked by apostates and
  killed- Limhi becomes king     Lamanites
 Placed under bondage- as
 Fight back
 Forced to be humble            Remain humble
 Burden- Heavy                  Burden- Light
 Create escape plan             Lord reveals escape plan
 Arrive safely in Zarahemla     Arrive safely in Zarahemla
Mikveh (or immersion) Rules
        Cleansing and Purification
A mikveh must be with water from
  a naturally flowing source…
The water must be able to flow into
  the mikveh freely and unimpeded
The minimum size … variously
  estimated at between 250 and
  1,000 liters (quarts).
The mikveh must be watertight and
  must be constructed of natural
  materials on the spot
Water channels leading to the cleansing cisterns
Essene cisterns for
Ritual Cleansings
Actual Photograph
Of Nephite Warrior
From the Waters of

Alma’s First Requirement for Baptism

Mosiah 18:8 And it came to pass that he said
 unto them: Behold, here are the waters of
 Mormon (for thus were they called) and now,
 as ye are desirous to come into the fold of
 God, and to be called his people, and are
 willing to bear one another's burdens, that
 they may be light;

 How do we ‘bear one another’s burdens’ and
 not interfere in their opportunities for growth?
Apostle Paul’s Definition
Galatians 6:1,2
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye
  which are spiritual, restore such an one in the
  spirit of meekness…
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the
  law of Christ.

(Bear with one another’s sins, and so fulfil the
  law of and focus of Christ)
 Last year a friend of mine joined the Church. Although her nonmember
 mother wasn't hostile, she didn't hide the fact that she cared little for the

Three months later the girl and her mother moved to another part of town.
They blocked out all day Saturday and Sunday to get everything moved—
  and even then they doubted if that would be enough time. I called the
                president of our elders quorum for help.

 At 7:30 A.M. on Saturday morning, ten guys showed up with four trucks.
 Combined with the five people in our family, we almost had an army! The
 mother was so touched by our thoughtfulness that she spent most of the
 morning crying. She just couldn't believe that so many people whom she
 didn't even know would treat her so kindly. By 11:00 A.M. everything they
               owned had been moved into their new home.

That single incident caused a miraculous transformation in the mother. She
   began meeting with the missionaries, and four months later she was
Twenty-five years ago, after a general priesthood meeting, I felt impressed to
  stop by Susan's apartment. I was eighteen at the time and felt a little
  awkward dropping by unannounced. However, Dad had repeated over and
  over to me the importance of following the promptings of the Spirit,
  especially when they came as strong as that one did. So I did as I was

After we were seated, I told Susan about the great meeting I had just attended
   and asked if she would like me to share my notes with her. She agreed, so
   I proceeded to summarize each of the speeches.

As I spoke, her eyes filled with tears. Later I learned that her boyfriend had
   invited her to be immoral with him later that evening, and she had agreed.
   As I spoke, the Spirit bore witness to her of the enormity of the mistake
   she was contemplating, and she resolved at that moment to never see her
   boyfriend again.

Recently I got a letter from Susan. She wrote in part, "I have since married a
   wonderful man in the temple and have five delightful children. I have often
   thanked my Heavenly Father for your visit that night. By following the
   promptings of the Spirit, you served as an instrument in the hands of the
   Lord to help me prevent what would have been the most tragic mistake of
   my life. I can never repay him for what he did for me."

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