2 For behold, I say unto you that as many of the Gentiles as will repent are the covenant people of the Lord; and as many of the Jews as will not repent shall be cast off; for the Lord covenanteth with none save it be with them that repent and believe in his Son, who is the Holy One of Israel.
(2 Nephi 30:2)
Nephi teaches an important principle in this verse: heredity does not determine destiny. As important as family relationships are, and as much as parents are able to influence their children, each of us must ultimately decide whether we are willing to enter into a covenant relationship with our Heavenly Father and abide in that covenant over time. As Nephi explains, the key question is whether we are willing to repent. All of God’s children, regardless of their ancestry or heritage, can become the heirs of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob if they are willing to accept and live the gospel. Each of us can make that choice, independently of anyone else, even other members of our own family.
Today, I will be grateful that my Heavenly Father honors the agency of His children. I will remember that all people can rise above their circumstances and become His covenant people. I will strive to emulate His inclusiveness and to love all of His children and see their potential just as He does.