But behold I said unto them that: As the Lord liveth, and as we live, we will not go down unto our father in the wilderness until we have accomplished the thing which the Lord hath commanded us.
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Nephi shows some fierce determination here. He is simply not going to quit. How do we develop such fierce determination? Perhaps when we have a clear view of our goal. It was quite simple and clear from our perch thousands of years in the future that Nephi had to get the brass plates for his eventual journey to America. But did he have such a clear vision at the time? We know he had gone to pray about what his father had taught him and gained his own testimony of the current situation. But was he like Joseph Smith, had he seen a vision and knew for a fact what he must do. Can a vision give you such fierce determination? Laman and Lemuel later see a vision and still don't gain much.
I have tried to have fierce determination and follow what the Lord tells me to do. We were sure we needed to adopt more children. We tried and tried and got so very very close only to have the whole thing collapse. I think Nephi had a very important thing going for him-- he knew he needed those plates NOW. I think determination is easier when its a now thing. But its the waiting on the Lord that is so very hard. But even Nephi had to wait upon the Lord. He must have felt some discouragement as he and his brothers tried 3 times to get the plates. Being determined and waiting upon the Lord for help is like running laps around the track and not knowing how many laps to run. Can we endure? Can we enjoy the journey? Do we know we're doing the right thing? What can help us keep running when our logical brain and our fatigued body demands answers?
Some things to think about...