One of the most important principles of the gospel is enduring to the end. Jesus Christ taught this concept in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. It is taught and expounded on by prophets today. Additionally, the speakers in this collection have focused on what endurance truly means and why it matters in our individual lives. In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Nephi taught, “Unless a man shall endure to the end, in following the example of the Son of the living God, he cannot be saved” (2 Nephi 31:16).
This scripture may be confusing to some because the word “endure” often has a negative connotation that implies suffering. In this scripture, as well as throughout the rest of the Book of Mormon, “endure” comes without the negative context. Here, God is teaching through His prophet that although we must make promises with God through covenants like baptism, those promises won’t matter unless we are fully committed to keeping them. Everyone will encounter difficulties and challenges throughout their life, regardless of whether or not they dedicate their life to God. Enduring in the gospel means understanding that adversity is a normal part of life, and even when circumstances become difficult, God wants us to stay devoted to Him.
God understands the difficulty of our challenges. He wants to help us stay on the path toward eternal life. God is always willing to help us when we are going through times of trial. This is why he encourages us to endure in the gospel. In the end, following Jesus Christ can bring true healing and relief from afflictions. We encourage anyone, struggling or otherwise, to pursue a study of these talks to find help for their challenges. These talks come from a variety of perspectives and cover many different experiences. Endurance is key, and God is always available to help us through trials.