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
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
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
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
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."