Unwearyingness – Helaman 10:4-5

4 Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.
5 And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.
Heavenly Father praised and rewarded the prophet Nephi for his unwearyingness. In the chapters leading up to this passage, Nephi had the following experiences:

  1. He served as a missionary in the north and was rejected, to the degree that “he could not stay among them, but returned again unto the land of his nativity” (Helaman 7:3).
  2. Appalled by the corruption and iniquity among his own people, Nephi prayed for them on top of a tower in his garden. A crowd gathered, and he called them to repentance.
  3. He miraculously foretold and explained the murder of their chief judge, in a way that made it very clear that he was inspired of God. The people, in response, “divided hither and thither and went their ways, leaving Nephi alone, as he was standing in the midst of them” (Helaman 10:1).
To me, “unwearyingness” means continuing to work hard even when you are tired or discouraged. In the words of Joseph B. Wirthlin:

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. With all the pressures and demands on our time and the stress we face each day, it’s little wonder we get tired. Many feel discouraged because they have not measured up to their potential…. I do, however, have a testimony of the renewing power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The prophet Isaiah proclaimed that the Lord “giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength….” The power of God can infuse our spirits and bodies with energy and vigor. I urge you to seek this blessing from the Lord (“Concern for the One,” General Conference, April 2008).

Today, I will follow Nephi’s example and continue to work, even when I am weary or discouraged. I will remember that the Lord can give me the strength I need, and that if I will simply carry on with the task at hand, He will bless me with the power to do all things that I need to do.

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