Brought by the Hand of the Lord
Posted by robf on March 5, 2011
While there are other possible interpretations, perhaps the most popular LDS view of Lehi’s promised land is to see it as referring to the United States of America. If we accept that interpretation, what are we to make of Lehi’s prophecy, “according to the workings of the Spirit which is in [him], that there shall none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord” (2 Nephi 1:6)?
I can’t help but think about this scripture in light of recent debates about U.S. immigration policy. I know a lot of church members here in the United States without legal immigration papers. The faith that it took them to come to the United States is amazing. I remember teaching a man in Austin on one of my Stake missions who had come to the U.S. riding underneath a train for three days. I know people who trekked for over a hundred miles across the Sonoran Desert of Arizona to seek a better future for themselves and their families. I don’t want to debate the legality of what they have done to get here. But the more I get to know these neighbors and their struggles, the less I am able to deny that perhaps the Lord’s hand is in it (cf. D&C 59:21). What are we to make of Lehi’s prophecy?