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.
(Helaman 10:4-5)

unwearying ― never tiring nor slacking (Oxford English Dictionary)

In the passage above, the Lord praises Nephi for his unwearyingness in teaching the gospel. Because of his unwearyingess, the Lord promises to bless him forever and to make him mighty.

What does it mean to be unwearying? As I’ve pondered this characteristic of Nephi today, I’ve compared it with courage. President Thomas S. Monson reminded us that “courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it” (“The Call for Courage,” General Conference, April 2004). Likewise, I think unwearyingess isn’t the lack of fatigue but the intentional decision to keep working until the job is done, in spite of fatigue.

It is true that we need to pace ourselves (Mosiah 4:27) and get appropriate sleep (D&C 88:124). However, when we are in the middle of a busy day, there is a temptation to slow down, to overestimate our level of exhaustion, and to underestimate our ability to do the work that we need to do.

President Henry B. Eyring has described how he overcomes the temptation to rest when there is important work to be done:

We are to learn our duty from the Lord, and then we are to act in all diligence, never being lazy or slothful. The pattern is simple but not easy to follow. We are so easily distracted. Studying the daily news can appear more interesting than the priesthood lesson manual. Sitting down to rest can be more attractive than making appointments to visit those who need our priesthood service.
When I find myself drawn away from my priesthood duties by other interests and when my body begs for rest, I give to myself this rallying cry: “Remember Him.” The Lord is our perfect example of diligence in priesthood service. He is our captain. He called us. He goes before us. He chose us to follow Him and to bring others with us (“Act in All Diligence,” General Conference, April 2010).

Today, I will resist the temptation to slow down or to give up when I have important work to do. I will recommit to keep working until the job is done, in spite of the physical, mental, or emotional fatigue I may feel.

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