"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."
The oath that Nephi used is a life or death strength oath. by making this promise Nephi states that he would die trying before he would go back to the camp of Lehi. Not only is this oath for getting the brass plates, it's also for each commandment God would give them. By saying, "the thing which the Lord hath command us." He promises to die trying to follow the will of God. Nephi was a dedicated servant of the Lord.
We are told that if we were to have faith like unto a seed of mustard we could do anything. Nephi shows his faith by refusing to give up saying, "This is too hard for me." He doesn't whine or complain. he just keeps trying and trusting in the Lord to be his strength. This reminds me of a quote from Arza in Ephraim's Rescue saying, "Brother Brigham sent me to find these saints. And I'll find them or give my life trying." The Martin Handcart company was struggling through heavy winter times, and there was a call for able bodied men to help them. With this promise showing the faith of this man he was able to find them as well as give them the aid they needed.
Promise Nephi use mean life death compare. make promise Nephi say self die before giveup go back father came. promise only for metal book? no, all commandments. self promis die try obey commandment from God. Nephi diligent servant Lord.
we finish informed if have faith same seed #mustard we do anything can. Nephi show faith give up refuse. self not complain. try+ trust Lord for strong. Remind me quote from movie #Ephraims Rescue Arza self say "brother Brigham Young sen me find saint. find will, or die try." #Martin #Co trial winter cold snow much. all men self++ call help. Promise show faith of Arza self able find saint can sametime give help need.