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24 October 2006 @ 08:55 pm
Gems-Youth: Overcoming Fear  
"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.

" 'For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind' (2 Timothy 1:7).

"We need not fear as long as we have in our lives the power that comes from righteously living by the truth which is from God our Eternal Father.

"Nor need we fear as long as we have the power of faith."

(President Gordon B. Hinckley, "God Will Make a Way," New Era, Jan. 2002, 6-7)
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