Posted by: desirehigher | July 26, 2015

Replacing Fear With Faith

What is fear?

Fear is not knowing the outcome.  Fear is knowing all too well what the outcome could be.  Most of all, fear is feeling helpless to affect the outcome.

What is the opposite of fear?

The opposite of fear is faith, faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

“The Lord said, “Take upon you my whole armor, that ye may be able to withstand the evil day, having done all, that ye may be able to stand” (D&C 27:15).

“Our young people in many ways are much stronger and better than we were. They and we should not be afraid of what is ahead.

“Encourage our young people. They need not live in fear (see D&C 6:36). Fear is the opposite of faith.

“While we cannot erase wickedness, we can produce young Latter-day Saints who, spiritually nourished, are immunized against evil influences.

“As a grandfather who has lived a long time, I counsel you to have faith. Things have a way of working out. Stay close to the Church. Keep your children close to the Church.

“In Alma’s day “the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it … had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God” (Alma 31:5).

“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.

“Find happiness in ordinary things, and keep your sense of humor.”  Elder Boyd K. Packer in a talk entitled Do Not Fear, Ensign magazine, May 2004 or https://www.lds.org/ensign/2004/05/do-not-fear?lang=eng

This advice works great not just for the youth, but for all of us as well.  I have seen it in action countless times in my own life and in the lives of those around me.

So the next time you find yourself being fearful, look up and ask your Father in Heaven, God, to grant you His great blessing of faith.  Then let your mind and your heart be at peace, knowing that He will guide and bless you and that you have no reason to fear anymore.  🙂

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