1 And it shall come to pass, that if the Gentiles shall hearken unto the Lamb of God in that day that he shall manifest himself unto them in word, and also in power, in very deed, unto the taking away of their stumbling blocks–
2 And harden not their hearts against the Lamb of God, they shall be numbered among the seed of thy father; yea, they shall be numbered among the house of Israel; and they shall be a blessed people upon the promised land forever; they shall be no more brought down into captivity; and the house of Israel shall no more be confounded.
There are many forms of captivity, including ignorance (see 1 Nephi 13:29), addictions, poverty, and poor health. In our modern world, we collectively have been given advantages that prior generations couldn’t imagine and which have the effect of removing many of our stumbling blocks:
- We can easily access the word of God, including the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the words of modern prophets.
- Education is more readily available than ever before, both through formal channels (such as schools) and informal ones (such as the Internet).
- Communication and travel have become far easier, making it possible for us to interact with and influence one another to a greater degree.
- Medical advances have enabled us to prevent or treat conditions which a few decades ago would have incapacitated us or ended our lives earlier.
So now the ball is in our court. We have been given these advantages. So many of our stumbling blocks have been removed, and we therefore enjoy unprecedented freedoms. What will we do with them? How will we use them?
Today, I will seek to keep my heart open to the guidance of the Holy Ghost, so that I can make choices that are pleasing to God. I will be grateful for the freedoms I enjoy and will seek to use them to accomplish worthy goals.