33 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.
A search party led by a man named Ammon leaves Zarahemla to find the people of Zeniff. Zeniff led a group that left Zarahemla years ago to try and resettle the land of Nephi. The search party found King Limhi, a decendant of Zeniff. King Limhi and his people are in bondage to the Lamanites. They are required to pay half of their substance to the Lamanite king. They’ve tried to escape, but they haven’t been able to.
When King Limhi finds out that Ammon and his brethren are from Zarahemla, he is filled with hope. He gathers his people and teaches them that they must repent and rely on the Lord to help them. With trust in God, they create an escape plan. With the Lord’s help, King Limhi and his people escape to Zarahemla.
Sometimes, like the captive Nephites, we are faced with difficult challenges that we can’t seem to escape. Sometimes we might be like Ammon, trying to help others overcome difficulties. We learn from this story that we must always trust in the Lord. The Lord has power to deliver us, and in His own time, if we are faithful, He can help us overcome.
“If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us….If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.” Gordon B. Hinckley
What does it mean to trust in the Lord? (Discuss ideas)
Why is it important to learn to trust in the Lord when you are young? (Discuss ideas)
Will all our trials be removed if we always trust in God? No. Life is a test and trials are part of that test, but if we always trust in God he will give us comfort and support us through all of our trials. “…Whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day.” (Alma 36:3)
Discuss obstacles your family might face. Guide blindfolded family members around paper "obstacles" to demonstrate that because the Lord can "see" the "big picture" better than we can, He can help us know the right way to go.
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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