Two scriptures in this week’s Come Follow Me reading have a lot of similarites. Compare the bolded sections in these 2 scriptures:
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;
9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort
, and to stand as witnesses of God
at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
13 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort
, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people
and deliver them out of bondage.
14 And I will also ease the burdens
which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses
for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people
in their afflictions.
- stand as witnesses
- his people
It’s clear God is still very aware of covenants made when the promises the people made when being baptized in chapter 18 are echoed almost exactly in chapter 24.