“Press Forward with a Steadfastness in Christ” – 2 Nephi 31:20

When Lehi and his family left Jerusalem and set up camp in a valley near the Red Sea, he named the valley after his son Lemuel, saying, “O that thou mightest be like unto this valley, firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord!” (1 Nephi 2:10).

Lehi later shared with his family a spiritual dream in which people had to “press forward” through a “mist of darkness” in order to arrive at the tree of life (1 Nephi 8:21-24).

Both of these teaching experiences had a profound impact on Nephi. Notice how, near the end of his writings, he combines these two concepts of pressing forward and being steadfast, because of our faith in Jesus Christ:

Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
(2 Nephi 31:20)

Today, I will press forward with steadfastness. I will not allow distractions or discouragement to hinder me from moving forward in my discipleship. I will act in faith, knowing that the Lord will lead me if I am humble and exercise faith in Him.

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