During the 185th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke on the importance of having Godly fear, and how we can conquer our moral fears.
“My purpose is to describe how fear is dispelled through a correct knowledge of and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,” Elder Bednar said.
Elder Bednar said correct knowledge of and faith in the Lord empower us to hush our fears because Jesus Christ is the only source of enduring peace.
“Trust and confidence in Christ and a ready reliance on His merits, mercy and grace lead to hope through His Atonement in the Resurrection and eternal life,” Elder Bednar said.
Elder Bednar said three basic principles to hush our mortal fears and receive these blessings are looking to Christ, building upon the foundation of Christ and pressing forward with faith in Christ.
“We can be blessed to conquer our fears and straiten as we follow the Lord’s instruction, ‘Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not,’” Elder Bednar said.
Elder Bednar said unlike worldly fears which create alarm and anxiety, Godly fear is a source of peace, assurance and confidence.
“Please know that Godly fear is linked inextricably to an understanding of the final judgment and our individual accountability for our desires, thoughts, words and acts,” Elder Bednar said.
Elder Bednar said Godly fear encompasses loving and trusting in the Savior.
“I promise the bright light of Godly fear will chase away the dark shadows of mortal fears as we look to the Savior, build upon Him as our foundation, and press forward on His covenant path with consecrated commitment,” Elder Bednar said.