Do Not Be Afraid

Back in 2002, I was spending a lot of time in the temple. Sometimes I would go every day. I didn’t know what else to do, where else to turn. It was the only place I could find peace of mind.

One day I was praying in the celestial room, seeking the guidance of the Lord on a number of troubling issues. In the midst of my prayer, the Spirit spoke to me, very clearly and distinctly. It was something completely off topic from what I was praying about. Isn’t that like our Heavenly Father—getting us off our topic and onto His topic?

This is what the Spirit said: “Do not be afraid of any man or any thing, for I am with you.” I knew that voice, but I didn’t know how much I needed to hear it. Then and now.

Now, seven years later, I need that counsel more than anything. But, to tell you the truth, we all need that counsel. (That’s why I am sharing it with you.)

Isn’t fear just ignorance in action, and worry just interest paid on a debt that never comes due? Isn’t worry a prayer for what you don’t want?

Earlier this week, these words brought me to tears: “Fear not to do good…for whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap; therefore, if ye sow good ye shall also reap good for your reward…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 6:33–36.)

When I think about these words that the Lord has said, there really is no reason to be afraid.

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