The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Fear

The Lord said, "Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not." I have learned that such faith gives emancipating power. Facing God first lets us decide firmly what we shall not do; then we are free to pursue what we ought to do. — Elder Russell M. Nelson, General Conference, April 1996

The most important thing we can do--young or old--is develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If we do, we will always be comfortable with ourselves. Any questions of self-esteem and self-worth will diminish, and we will have a quiet confidence that will see us through any trial. And the Savior's promise to us is "Fear not, little children, for you are mine, and I have overcome the world" (D&C 50:41). — Elder W. Don Ladd, General Conference, October 1994

…non murmurers are permitted to see so much more. Ancient Israel was once compassed about with "a great host" of hostile horses and chariots. Elisha counseled his anxious young servant, "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them" (2 Kings 6:16). The prophet then prayed that the Lord would "open" the young man's eyes, "and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha"! (2 Kings 6:17). Regardless of how things seem, or come to seem, in troubled times, "They that be with us are more than they that be with them." My brothers and sisters, if our lips are closed to murmuring, then our eyes can be opened. — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, General Conference, October 1989

Faith in Him means believing that even though we do not understand all things, He does. We, therefore, must look to Him "in every thought; doubt not, fear not." (D&C 6:36.) — President Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference, October 1983

The Savior will be in our midst saying, "Fear not, little flock" (see D&C 6:34), urging us to "do good" even as we are badly done by until divine intervention mercifully halts human deterioration, for then "all flesh shall see [him] together" (D&C 101:23), and "all nations shall tremble at [his] presence" (D&C 133:42) as his coming makes "a full end of all nations" (D&C 87:6) and as there are no laws but his laws (see D&C 38:22). — Elder Neal A. Maxwell (October 1980)

In this work we cannot fail if we do our part. The Lord will not permit us to fail. This is His work. He will open the doors in our genealogical research. He will bless us as we come to the temple. No, we cannot fail. The Lord said to His little flock of Saints in the early days, "Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail. Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not." (D&C 6:34, 36.) — Pres. Ezra Taft Benson, Mesa Arizona Temple Rededication, 16 April 1975

"It takes courage to keep the commandments. To fail to do so because of peer pressure is to have the fear of man--to be more afraid of what man thinks about us than what God thinks about us." — Robert D. Hales, April 1996 Conference (May Ensign) pg. 37

"No matter how difficult the trail, and regardless of how heavy our load, we can take comfort in knowing that others before us have borne life's most grievous trials and tragedies by looking to heaven for peace, comfort, and hopeful assurance. We can know as they knew that God is our Father, that He cares about us individually and collectively, and that as long as we continue to exercise our faith and trust in Him there is nothing to fear in the journey." — Elder M. Russell Ballard, "You Have Nothing to Fear From the Journey", General Conference, April 1997

"Preparing ourselves and our families for the challenges of the coming years will require us to replace fear with faith. We must be able to overcome the fear of enemies who oppose and threaten us. The Lord has said, 'Fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail' (D&C 6:34)." — "Duties, Rewards, And Risks", Elder M. Russell Ballard, General Conference, October 1989

"It is soul-satisfying to know that God is mindful of us and ready to respond when we place our trust in Him and do that which is right. There is no place for fear among men and women who place their trust in the Almighty and who do not hesitate to humble themselves in seeking divine guidance through prayer. Though persecutions arise, though reverses come, in prayer we can find reassurance, for God will speak peace to the soul. That peace, that spirit of serenity, is life's greatest blessing." — Ezra Taft Benson, "Pray Always," Ensign, Feb. 1990, p. 5

"It is not God who has given us the spirit of fear; this comes from the adversary. So many of us are fearful of what our peers will say, that we will be looked upon with disdain and criticized if we stand for what is right. But I remind you that "wickedness never was happiness" (Alma 41:10). Evil never was happiness. Sin never was happiness. Happiness lies in the power and the love and the sweet simplicity of the gospel of Jesus Christ." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Converts and Young Men," General Conference, April 1997

"When the Lord took Moses unto Himself, He then said to Joshua, 'Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest' (Josh. 1:9). This is His work. Never forget it. Embrace it with enthusiasm and affection.

"Let us not be afraid. Jesus is our leader, our strength, and our king." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Stay the Course—Keep the Faith," Ensign, Nov. 1995, 72

"Let us remember that the Savior is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and there can be no greater promise than to know that if we are faithful and true, we will one day be safely encircled in the arms of His love (see D&C 6:20). He is always there to give encouragement, to forgive, and to rescue. Therefore, as we exercise faith and are diligent in keeping the commandments, we have nothing to fear from the journey." - M. Russell Ballard, "You Have Nothing to Fear from the Journey," Ensign (CR), May 1997, p.59

"Those who will receive the Lord Jesus Christ as the source of their salvation will always lie down in green pastures, no matter how barren and bleak the winter has been. And the waters of their refreshment will always be still waters, no matter how turbulent the storms of life. In walking His path of righteousness, our souls will be forever restored; and though that path may for us, as it did for Him, lead through the very valley of the shadow of death, yet we will fear no evil. The rod of His priesthood and the staff of His Spirit will always comfort us. And when we hunger and thirst in the effort, He will prepare a veritable feast before us, a table spread even in the presence of our enemies—contemporary enemies—which might include fear or family worries, sickness or personal sorrow of a hundred different kinds. In a crowning act of compassion at such a supper He anoints our head with oil and administers a blessing of strength to our soul. Our cup runneth over with His kindness, and our tears runneth over with joy. We weep to know that such goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our life, and that we will, if we desire it, dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (See Ps. 23.)" - Jeffrey R. Holland, "He Hath Filled the Hungry with Good Things," Ensign (CR), November 1997, p.64

"Some live with an unspoken fear of what awaits us and the Church in the world. It grows ever darker in morality and spirituality. If we will gather into the Church, live the simple principles of the gospel, live moral lives, keep the Word of Wisdom, tend to our priesthood and other duties, then we need not live in fear." - Boyd K. Packer, "A Defense and a Refuge," Ensign, November 2006

"The key to the conquest of fear has been given through the Prophet Joseph Smith. 'If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.' (D. & C. 38:30) That divine message needs repeating today in every stake and ward. Are we prepared in surrender to God's commandments? In victory over our appetites? In obedience to righteous law? If we can honestly answer yes, we can bid fear depart. And the degree of fear in our hearts may well be measured by our preparation by righteous living, such as should characterize Latter-day Saints. To the handful of believers at the opening of this dispensation, the Lord gave this glorious promise:

"'Fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail.' (D. & C. 6:34)" - John A. Widtsoe, "Conference Report," April 1942, Afternoon Meeting, p.33

"Fear is the opposite of faith." - Boyd K. Packer, "Do Not Fear," Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.77

"This is not a passive life. The word of God constantly sets before us images of vigor and action and power, which image under his benign guidance can be directed and controlled. 'Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?' Paul asked the Romans. (
Romans 9:21.) Thomas E. McKay, speaking of his brother David O. McKay, said, 'As children, we swam in the cold streams around Huntsville. David would be the first in the chilling water and shout to the rest of us standing fearfully on the bank, 'Come on in, the water is fine.' ' There comes a time when we must jump in the cold water no matter how foreboding." - James E. Faust, "To Reach Even unto You," p.44

"Incarnate evil, despite its assiduous endeavors, has always lost ground. Finally victory has been on the side of right.

"Thereby has come man's marvelous conquest over surrounding forces, and the steady improvement in the last few hundred years of the conditions of the human race. Always, if on the side of righteousness, man has managed to banish the gilded tyranny of evil.

"Yet, despite the lessons of the past, fear, unnecessary fear, lurks in many human breasts. What of tomorrow? is shouted by the forces of evil. In the consequent din is forgotten the glorious promise that 'Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.' (Matt. 6:34) Forgotten also is the ancient truth that fear is the devil's first and chief weapon. Make a man or a nation afraid, and his strength like that of Samson shorn of his locks, is gone. He is no longer useful in the work of the world. He becomes a tool of the unholy forces which seek to destroy mankind." - John A. Widtsoe, "Conference Report," October 1950, General Priesthood Meeting, p.184

"Who among us can say that he or she has not felt fear? I know of no one who has been entirely spared. Some, of course, experience fear to a greater degree than do others. Some are able to rise above it quickly, but others are trapped and pulled down by it and even driven to defeat. We suffer from the fear of ridicule, the fear of failure, the fear of loneliness, the fear of ignorance. Some fear the present, some the future. Some carry the burden of sin and would give almost anything to unshackle themselves from those burdens but fear to change their lives. Let us recognize that fear comes not of God, but rather that this gnawing, destructive element comes from the adversary of truth and righteousness. Fear is the antithesis of faith. It is corrosive in its effects, even deadly." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley," p.220

“No man, following the example and dedication of the Christ, should become ashamed or afraid of his true Christian status and lack courage and strength, in the face of opposition or the taunting of men, to remain true, firm, and steadfast to his conviction of what is right in the sight of God. This life is a probationary state wherein men and women are tried and proven in the crucible of mortal existence.” - Delbert L. Stapley, “Conference Report,” April 1966, First Day—Morning Meeting, p. 26

We need not fear for the future. This is the Lord’s work; it is his kingdom; and he governs its affairs as he chooses. The keys, having been committed to man on earth, are now vested in those of his own choosing.

And as the Lord lives, and as Christ is true, and as truth will prevail, I testify that this work shall roll forward until it fills the whole earth, and until the knowledge of God covers the earth as the waters cover the sea. - Bruce R. McConkie, "The Keys of the Kingdom," Ensign (CR) April 1983

It is soul-satisfying to know that God is mindful of us and ready to respond when we place our trust in Him and do that which is right. There is no place for fear among men and women who place their trust in the Almighty and who do not hesitate to humble themselves in seeking divine guidance through prayer. Though persecutions arise, though reverses come, in prayer we can find reassurance, for God will speak peace to the soul. That peace, that spirit of serenity, is life’s greatest blessing. - Ezra Taft Benson, "Pray Always," Ensign, February 1990

Much of the unrest and confusion in the world today is caused by man's fear to obey God because of the pressures of man. Certainly if we want peace, progress, and prosperity, it will come through adherence to God's principles. We have no need to fear if we keep God's commandments. -
Marvin J. Ashton, Munich Area Conference Report, 1973, p. 23

Challenges, difficulties, questions, doubts-these are part of our mortality. But we are not alone. As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have enormous spiritual reservoirs of light and truth available to us. Fear and faith cannot coexist in our hearts at the same time. In our days of difficulty, we choose the road of faith. Jesus said, "Be not afraid, only believe." - Neil L. Andersen, "You Know Enough," Ensign (CR) October 2008

We live in a world of fear today. Fear seems to be almost everywhere present. But there is no place for fear among the Latter-day Saints, among men and women who keep the commandments, who place their trust in the Almighty, who are not afraid to get down on their knees and pray to our heavenly Father. - Ezra Taft Benson, "Conference Report," April 1954, Afternoon Meeting, p. 58

Laman and Lemuel were intimidated by Laban's power, but their fear of power merely showed the power of fear. Since "perfect love casteth out all fear," their limited capacity to love was thereby very evident (see Moro. 8:16; see also 1 Jn. 4:18). Though unprincipled, most sadly, they were unloving! - Neal A. Maxwell, "Lessons from Laman and Lemuel," Ensign (CR), November 1999, p.6

Perhaps our Heavenly Father's greatest hope is that through our fears we may choose to turn to him. The uncertainties of earth life can help to remind each of us that we are dependent on him. But that reminder is not automatic. It involves our agency. We must choose to take our fears to him, choose to trust him, and choose to allow him to direct us. We must make these choices when what we feel most inclined to do is to rely more and more on our own frantic and often distorted thinking. - Virginia H. Pearce, “Fear," Ensign (CR), November 1992, p.90

Godly fear is loving and trusting in Him. As we fear God more completely, we love Him more perfectly. And “perfect love casteth out all fear” (Moroni 8:16). I promise the bright light of godly fear will chase away the dark shadows of mortal fears (see D&C 50:25) as we look to the Savior, build upon Him as our foundation, and press forward on His covenant path with consecrated commitment. – David A. Bednar, “Therefore They Hushed Their Fears,” Ensign (CR) May 2015

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