5 But, said he, notwithstanding our afflictions, we have obtained a land of promise, a land which is choice above all other lands; a land which the Lord God hath covenanted with me should be a land for the inheritance of my seed. Yea, the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me, and to my children forever, and also all those who should be led out of other countries by the hand of the Lord.
(2 Nephi 1:5)
Lehi was forward-looking. A land of promise is a land which provides you with opportunities now and in the future. Even though he was at the end of his life, he chose to focus not on his past nor on the afflictions his family had suffered but on the great land the Lord had provided for him and for his family.
Has the Lord given me and my family a promised land for our inheritance? Does our promised land include educational opportunities, the ability to travel, and the organizations including school, work, and church that we have the privilege of contributing to? Does it include our freedoms? Does it include the amazing technologies and tools which we have access to so abundantly? I think we have every reason to say as Lehi did, “Notwithstanding our afflictions, we have obtained a land of promise.”
Today, I will look to the future and be grateful for the opportunities the Lord has given to me and to my children.