25 And behold, ye are the children of the prophets; and ye are of the house of Israel; and ye are of the covenant which the Father made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham: And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
26 The Father having raised me up unto you first, and sent me to bless you in turning away every one of you from his iniquities; and this because ye are the children of the covenant–
When we talk about covenants, we often focus on the individual. For example we talk about the covenant each person makes with God when they are baptized or when they participate in temple ordinances. But most of the references to covenants in the Book of Mormon are intergenerational. We read about the covenants God made with “the fathers,” and in particular with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We are the beneficiaries of those covenants because the Lord promised to bless not only them but also their seed.
During the Savior’s visit to ancient inhabitants of the Americas, he encouraged his listeners by reminding them of their spiritual heritage. He told them, “Ye are the children of the covenant.” A knowledge of the covenants of God to previous generations can give us a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose. It can turn our hearts outward and help us think in terms of collective goals instead of individual ambition.
Today, I will remember the covenants which God made with my fathers, both my direct ancestors and my spiritual ancestors. I will remember that I have inherited both the blessings and the obligations associated with those covenants. I will let the covenants give me a sense of purpose, connectedness, and confidence.