Study question: Why is it important that we have the freedom to choose good and evil?
Summary: Israel will be scattered upon all the earth, but will be gathered in and saved in the last days, and the wicked will “burn as stubble” and Satan will be bound. Lehi prophesies of “a land of liberty” and pleads for his sons to put on the armor of God. We have the freedom to choose either the evil or the good and gain eternal life.
Scripture 2 Nephi 2:27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.
Torsten K: I guess it is obvious to return to the lord and have joy.
But before you can chose the following verse must be fulfilled.
And men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil.
I am glad that a friend of my introduced me to the gospel 15 years ago. Only through this I was instructed sufficiently enough to choose.
In addition to that I live in a great country which allows those choices.
Emily H: Yes, it seems like such an obvious and simple question, but it’s good to think about the true purpose of seeking and having true and real joy. It’s easy to get bogged down in the things we “can’t do,” but we will never feel like we are missing out if we just keep perspective on what the Lord has in store for us when we choose to follow the righteous path.
Rachael D: There are several verses in chapter 2 that explain everything was created to either be acted upon or to act. We were created to act and to do that we have to have options to choose between. In chapter 1 Lehi is telling Laman and Lemuel that they need to wake up and break the chains that how them captive. He is telling them to stop being acted upon and to start acting for themselves, to be free to make choices. Lehi tells them he is encircled about eternally in the arms of his love, what a blessing we can feel when we choose the right.
Yiksee L: I know I’m not answering the question but aren’t Lehi’s last words just so powerful? Especially what he says to Laman and Lemuel – “arise from the dust my sons, and be men!” I’m like yeah!.. then its so tender, he has so much love and worry for them. I love how the Book of Mormon is so spiritual, but so human at the same time.