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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - 1 Nephi 3:7

"It is possible for us to become perfect like God, or the Savior would not have commanded it. It is something on which we must begin here and now, or the Savior would not have commanded it. It is not an impossible goal because the Lord will command nothing of the children of men save he shall prepare the way whereby they may accomplish it." — Mark E. Petersen, January 17, 1962, "BYU Speeches of the Year," p. 3

"A truly committed person does not falter in the face of adversity. Until one is committed, there is a chance to hesitate, to go off in another direction, or to be ineffective. Members within our ranks who are committed to living the gospel of Jesus Christ will not be affected by the rationale of hecklers." — Marvin J. Ashton, "Be of Good Cheer," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1987], p. 51

"Would that every officer in the Priesthood quorums could approach his labors with the spirit and determination of Nephi.... Observe that he did not complain that the assignment was difficult, that he had other work which took all his time, that they had done the best they could, nor that they had called on Laban once and that it would be useless to call on him again. What he said was that, 'As the Lord liveth... we will not go... until we have accomplished the thing which the Lord hath commanded us.'" — Marion G. Romney, "Conference Report," October 1942, p. 43

"The knees of the mind bend so reluctantly." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Not My Will, But Thine," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1998], p. 4

"Hearing, really hearing, will bring obeying. Those who are thus submissive are not content to 'live by bread alone' but instead live 'by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord' (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4)." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Not My Will, But Thine," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1998], p. 66

We are blessed with others in the scriptures who teach us how we can obtain an easiness and willingness to believe. Nephi, son of Lehi, is one example. His first act when he heard his father teach about the destruction of Jerusalem was to cry unto the Lord till his heart was soft and he believed all the words spoken by his father (see 1 Nephi 2:16). The Lord spoke directly to Nephi, saying, “Blessed art thou, Nephi, because of thy faith, for thou hast sought me diligently, with lowliness of heart” (1 Nephi 2:19). Nephi teaches the importance of desire and diligence in keeping commandments and calling upon God in order to have the ability to say with ease, “I will go and do” (1 Nephi 3:7). –
Michael T. Ringwood, “An Easiness and Willingness to Believe,” Ensign (CR) November 2009

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