Wednesday, June 2, 2010


It's funny.  The length of time that passes between entries correlates to my concern about what to write.  When I write every day I figure it doesn't really matter what I write.  I figure the entries that are sub par or uninteresting will get lost in the shuffle.  Every day that passes makes me think that the entry needs to be profound or something.  I have a couple of such in mind for the future.

I used to study the scriptures voraciously and methodically.  I would take notes and study topics in depth.  I have hopes to get back into it.  I ran into some notes while I was preparing a lesson for Relief Society.  The topic has been pressing on my mind.  So, here is the summation.

This topic was spurred from Moses 1:20-22.  Moses received a great gift.  He saw Christ.  He saw the world and all of it's inhabitants throughout the ages.  Then, as he was left alone to ponder these things, Satan came and commanded him to worship him.

  20 And it came to pass that Moses began to fear exceedingly; and as he began to fear, he saw the bitterness of hell.  Nevertheless, calling upon God, he received strength, and he commanded, saying: Depart from me, Satan, for this one God only will I worship, which is the God of glory.
  21 And now Satan began to tremble, and the earth shook; and Moses received strength, and called upon God, saying: In the name of the Only Begotten, depart hence, Satan.
  22 And it came to pass that Satan cried with a loud voice, with weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth; and he departed hence, even from the presence of Moses, that he beheld him not.
It is remarkable to me that even this great prophet felt fear.  He had just been in the presence of Christ.  But, he still felt fear when faced with opposition on this earth.  The key is that he called upon God and received strength.
Genesis 26:24 says, "...fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee..."  Jehovah, Jesus Christ, is the great I AM.  So, from the beginning of time God has promised to be with us.
The Bible Dictionary says, "...fear is spoken of as something unworthy of a child of God, something that “perfect love casteth out”(1 John 4:18)...Sin destroys that feeling of confidence God’s child should feel in a loving Father, and produces instead a feeling of shame and guilt. Ever since the Fall God has been teaching men not to fear, but with penitence to ask forgiveness in full confidence of receiving it.
Here are some supporting references. 
Isaiah 41:10  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 
Numbers 14:9  "...the Lord is with us; fear them not."
2 Kings 6:16  "Fear not:  for they that be with us are more than they that be with them."
Psalms 27:1  "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"
Psalms 55:4  "...I will not fear what flesh can do to me."
Jeremiah 23:4  "and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord."
2 Timothy 1 :7  "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power; and of love, and of a sound mind."
1 John 4:18  "There is no fear in love; but perfect love (THE perfect love is the pure love of Christ) casteth out fear; because fear hath torment.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Doctrine & Covenants 50:41-42  "Fear not, little children, for you are mine, and I have overcome the world, and you are of them that my Father hath given me;  And none of them that my Father hath given me shall be lost."

It is so easy to get caught in the snare of fear.  Fear of man.  Fear of the future.  Fear that we won't measure up.  Fear that something will happen.  Fear that it won't.  Fear of losing.  Fear of winning.  Fear of what others will say.  Fear of what others are thinking.  Fear of failure.  Fear of dieing.  Fear of living.  Fear.  Fear.  Fear.  Fear.  Fear.  Fear.  The focus has got to be on having an eternal perspective.  Lean on the Savior.  Rely on HIS eternal knowledge and strength.  Fear (or reverence) God, keep the commandments and endure to the end.  Remember 2 Timothy 1:7.  I/we have been given power, love and a sound mind.  The great I AM is on our side as long as we call on him.  We can draw strength from Him just like Moses did and conquer our many trials.


  1. You are such a wonderful example of how I want to be with my spirituality. Your R.S. lesson was amazing and you were so prepared. Everytime I have had to teach, I definitely got so much more out of it then I'm sure the sisters did because of how much studying I did. I wish I could just study that hard on a regular basis- not just when I need to be prepared.
    Thank you for sharing this scripture. I had never given it much thought about the fear of the prophet and the fear of Satan. It is so important that we remember Christ to draw our strength from when we are unsettled about something. You really need to teach Gospel Docrine because of your wonderful insight.

  2. That is very kind of you to say. Gospel Doctrine was one of my favorite callings. Although, I am really enjoying where I am at. I've gotten to know so many more people in the ward.
    For what it is worth, I've always enjoyed your lessons. I look to you as an example of balance. You do such a great job of fulfilling callings, helping others, and caring for your home and family.

  3. Amen, Jessica. Well said, timely. I am glad to be reminded that Heavenly Father is both our Father & our Friend. He is our Right Hand. I love the scripture that counsels us to "seek His Face always."
    Honey, I love you & am very grateful to be your mother!