Sunday, February 14, 2016

Faith, Not Fear

This week's lesson from the Howard W. Hunter manual is about overcoming adversity. It mentioned adversity we experience on a regular basis and prophecies about the tribulations prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

President Hunter noted that although the whole earth will be in commotion prior to Christ's Second Coming, there is no reason to fear. He taught that fear is Satan's greatest tool to keep us from fulfilling our mission, and that spiritual and temporal preparedness for all types of adversity can provide peace and safety in a troubled world. 
"I promise you in the name of the Lord whose servant I am that God will always protect and care for his people. The Lord has power over his Saints and will always prepare places of peace, defense, and safety for his people." 
"...We must seek to dispel fear from among people. A timid, fearing people cannot do their work well, and they cannot do God’s work at all. The Latter-day Saints have a divinely assigned mission to fulfill which simply must not be dissipated in fear and anxiety."
President Hunter inspires us to prepare with faith, not fear.
“The key to the conquest of fear has been given through the Prophet Joseph Smith. ‘If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.’ That divine message needs repeating today in every stake and ward." 
"Are we prepared to surrender to God’s commandments? Are we prepared to achieve victory over our appetites? Are we prepared to obey righteous law? If we can honestly answer yes to those questions, we can bid fear to depart from our lives. Surely the degree of fear in our hearts may well be measured by our preparation to live righteously—living in a way that should characterize every Latter-day Saint in every age and time."

- Angalee

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