In Helaman 10 Nephi is given the power that whatever he asked of God would be given him because he would not ask contrary to God’s will. That is immense trust that God has given to Nephi. The question I want to propose to you is why was God able to trust in Nephi to that degree? The answer is found in the scriptures:
“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 has sought my will, and to keep my commandments.”
The list of things that God qualifies as being responsible for Nephi obtaining such trust and thus power are:
- He declared the word or bore testimony of the words of Christ with unwearyingness!
- He didn’t fear the negative repercussions that may come from doing so.
- He didn’t seek to lift himself up or to benefit himself in any way.
- He sought to do the will of God.
It may seem quite impossible for you or I to follow Nephi’s example. He may seem to be an untouchable. I would disagree. I think that Nephi was just like us. I think that he had no advantage greater than what we are given. The reason I believe this is because I don’t think that it was Nephi’s heart and mind that brought him to the point of God’s trust and power. I think that it was the heart and mind of God that brought him to this point. And it is God’s heart and mind that will do the same for you and I.
I’ll use one more scripture to emphasize my point and then I’ll need to go back to church. We all recognize the unworthiness that we are attached to, and feel less than worthy because of our mistakes. If God knew we would all make mistakes, then why expect us to be perfect? He did not. The word perfect comes from the Greek word perfectos, and that means “complete.” What God expects of us is not to avoid all mistakes, but to be complete. Complete means to return into the presence of Christ in the flesh. Well how can we do that when we sin? The answer is found in the scriptures:
“3. Nevertheless, ye are blessed, for the testimony which ye have borne is recorded in heaven for the angels to look upon; and they rejouice over you, and your sins are forgiven you.“
As we study the words of Christ, then seek to understand them, we will naturally bear testimony of them and desire to discuss them often. It will not be a fake effort, but a genuine hunger and thirst to understand God. There will be nothing fake about it. Your discussions could last for hours concerning doctrine without the notice of passing time. That will make us purer and purer. The scriptures have a sanctifying effect. So be rid of the baggage that weighs us down, study and ponder the word, bear witness of the truth you have discovered and make your ascension complete.