2 Nephi 31:20

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.


Devin G Durrant, LDS General Conference, October 2015

What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:

This passage comes from Nephi where he is offering his testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and explaining many things that he understands about the atonement, and our role with Christ in salvation. Namely, that we must follow Him.

Related Scriptures

When I read scriptures about eternal life, I always think of the scripture in John 17:3 where it says, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."

Thoughts about this scripture:

Many times we can get caught up in our worldly concerns that may be good and righteous but are not the things of eternity. When this happens we can get distracted from our true goals and loose site of Christ. And like Peter on the waters, we can begin to sink. It is then we need to turn to Christ and his holy scriptures to help us refocus, reawaken, and press forward.

Only through remembering actively that eternal life with God and Christ is our purpose and goal can the worries of this life be put into perspective.

How does this strengthen my testimony

I love this scripture because it doesn't just tell us to have faith and hope, but encourages us to action by telling us to "Press Forward" and if we do this. If we press forward, Christ and the Father are reaching out to help us return to live with them.

One of the ways they are reaching out to us is by providing the scriptures to us. Even when we are feeling spiritually dim and unreceptive to the spirit of the Lord, we can read his word in the scriptures. This can help us to come closer to God, and prepare us to receive his blessings. Even the blessing of eternal life.