Carl Christian Anton Christensen, Liberty Jail, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


D&C 68:1–6; 98:1–3

For Younger Missionaries


  • How does the knowledge that Christ is with you convert fear into “good cheer”? Does the promise that whatever is spoken “when moved upon by the Holy Ghost” is scripture apply to us?
  • What can we do to reduce or eliminate fear as an obstacle to missionary work? Should we wait until fear subsides before moving forward?

Turning Fear into Faith

Many years ago, my missionary companion and I were walking through a badly lighted section of a small jungle town in southern Mexico rather late one night, picking our way along the border of the railroad track since there was no sidewalk. We’d just finished a meeting with some investigators and were on our way home. Suddenly, we heard the terrifying sound of rocks thudding around us, and instinctively brought our briefcases up to shield our heads from our unseen assailants.

I still remember the surge of adrenalin and the brassy taste of fear in my mouth as rocks pelted that briefcase, and the thought flashed through my mind, “Is all this worth it?” I wasn’t really praying, but I got an answer as vivid and unmistakable as any I’ve ever received in my life: “Yes. You are a servant of the Lord.” The fear vanished, replaced by confidence—by more than confidence, by joy and rejoicing. Our briefcases were dented from the rocks, but not so much as a pebble touched our bodies.

That experience with physical fear and the reassurance of the Spirit has come back to me many times when I’ve felt other kinds of fear connected with missionary work: the fear of being rejected, the fear of causing hard feelings, the fear of losing friends, the fear of risking my social position, even the fear of losing my job. These fears are very real and must be turned into faith before we can successfully share the gospel with others….

There is a joy in bearing testimony and feeling the Holy Ghost corroborate that testimony that surpasses my ability to describe it. It’s a joy that, in many cases, has nothing to do with the results. Even if your testimony is rejected, the sweetness of that joy is inexpressibly consoling and leaves no room in your heart for fears (Russell H. Bishop, “Turning Fear into Faith,” Ensign, Oct. 1977).


Afflictions Can Be For Our Good


Before the Old Testament


  • How do you know you lived with God before you were born?
  • Why can’t we remember living with God?
  • Why did God let us choose between right and wrong? Wouldn’t we do better if God decided for us?


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