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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?

One Response to “Brought by the Hand of the Lord”

  1. Considering that there uas no United States existing when Lehi made this prophecy it is strange to think that he was refering only to the Unites States. Many other nations now exist on the North American ans South American Continents who can also lay claim to this prophecy. Americans need realize that not everyone living on these two continents want to be U.S. citizens. Considering the problems now facing the United States (ie) limited health care, a gun carrying society and the poverty existing in many areas it is time to overcome the attitude that the United States is the only and best country in the world. This superior feeling attitude is one of the reasons that many people of the world dislike the attitudes of Americans. I have a son living in the United States and it provokes me when visiting that so many people ask why I don’t move there as everything is so much better. Believe me it is not.

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