Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Faith and Fear


Learned something this week...or should I say I re-learned something this week.  A lot of my epiphany's and words of wisdom actually come from re-learning.

All I want to say is ...."ahhhhhhh"  That is a peaceful BIG sigh of relief "ahh" not the other.

Ahhhhhhhhhh! Let the peace flow!! 

Faith and fear cannot exist at the same time on the same principle. Either you have faith and are going in the right direction, OR you have fear and you are awaiting your own worst case scenario to just happen to you.  I prefer FAITH.  It is a happier, better place to be.

I know you are now wondering what? which I can't tell you...just know I am loving the road of faith vs. the road of fear.

I think we should all try it!

It brings to mind one of my most favorite stories from President Packer:
Shortly after I was called as a General Authority, I went to Elder Harold B. Lee for counsel.
He listened very carefully to my problem and suggested that I see President David O. McKay. 
President McKay counseled me as to the direction I should go. I was very willing to be obedient but saw no way possible for me to do as he counseled me to do. 
I returned to Elder Lee and told him that I saw no way to move in the direction I was counseled to go. 
He said, "The trouble with you is you want to see the end from the beginning." I replied that I would like to see at least a step or two ahead. Then came the lesson of a lifetime: "You must learn to walk to the edge of the light, and then a few steps into the darkness; then the light will appear and show the way before you." 
Then he quoted these eighteen words from the Book of Mormon: "Dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith."

Those eighteen words from Moroni have been like a beacon light to me. Let me put them in their setting:

And it came to pass that Ether did prophesy great and marvelous things unto the people, which they did not believe, because they saw them not. And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith. (Ether 12:5­6)

During the twenty-nine years following that experience, I have learned over and over again that all of us must walk by faith--near the edge of the light. Like Nephi, who said, "I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do" (1 Ne. 4:6), each of us must learn to take a few steps into the darkness of the unknown.

Have a great day everyone!