1 Nephi 19:7
Do Not Fear
7 For the things which some men esteem to be of great worth, both to the body and soul, others set at naught and trample under their feet. Yea, even the very God of Israel do men trample under their feet; I say, trample under their feet but I would speak in other words—they set him at naught, and hearken not to the voice of his counsels.
Some people do not appreciate sacred records. They disregard sacred teachings and ignore them or even fight against them.
Why do many people ignore or fight against the sacred word of God? Here are some of the reasons.
1- They close their ears and are deaf to the word of God because they do not desire to change and are comfortable where they are or
2-They desire to follow a different voice of rebellion.
3-They are influenced more by peer pressure to be like the rest or most of the world.
4-They are deceived by the adversary.
5-They are so learned in scientific matters that they don't know how to have faith and prove things by the spirit.
6-they don't know what they are missing so they have no desire to change.
Every parent of child who goes astray desires to know why but there are so many and it can be so complicated in ways and in ways just simple. If we have the desire to know spiritual things then the Lord will reveal them to us in a way we will understand.
Pride may be the major cause of being blind to that which is sacred.
Helaman describes how pride enters in and then people forget where their blessings came from and become prideful.
D&C 3:12-1612 And when thou deliveredst up that which God had given thee sight and power to translate, thou deliveredst up that which was sacred into the hands of a wicked man,
Matthew 261 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,
17 ¶And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,
John 19:1615 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Cæsar.
4/04- Boyd K. Packer
Do Not Fear
...They will see many events transpire in the course of their lifetime. Some of these shall tax their courage and extend their faith. But if they seek prayerfully for help and guidance, they shall be given power over adverse things. Such trials shall not be permitted to stand in the way of their progress, but instead shall act as stepping-stones to greater knowledge.
As a grandfather and as one of the Twelve, I will give you some counsel,some caution, and a lot of encouragement. I could do this much better if the grandmother in our family, my wife of 57 years, were standing beside me. Mothers know much more about life than fathers do, but I will do the best I can.
We do not fear the future for ourselves or for our children. We live in dangerously troubled times. The values that steadied mankind in earlier times are being tossed away.
We must not ignore Moroni’s words when he saw our day and said, “Ye[must] awake to a sense of your awful situation” (Ether 8:24).“The Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in him … doing all things for the welfare and happiness of his people; yea, then is the time that they do harden their hearts, and do forget the Lord their God, and do trample under their feet the Holy One—yea, and this because of their ease, and their exceedingly great prosperity.
“And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions, yea, except he doth visit them with death and with terror, and with famine and with all manner of pestilence, they will not remember him” (Hel. 12:1–3; emphasis added).
...The Lord said, “Take upon you my whole armor, that ye may be able to withstand the evil day, having done all, that ye may be able to stand”(D&C 27:15).
Our young people in many ways are much stronger and better than we were. They and we should not be afraid of what is ahead.
Encourage our young people. They need not live in fear (see D&C 6:36).Fear is the opposite of faith.
10/07 Quentin L. Cook https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2007/10/live-by-faith-and-not-by-fear?lang=eng
Live By Faith and Not Fear I know that many of you are concerned about raising your children during these difficult times and increasing their faith. When my wife and I were starting our family in the San Francisco Bay Area, we had that same concern. At a critical point our stake members were advised by Elder Harold B. Lee, then a member of the Twelve, that we could raise our families in righteousness if we would:
President Packer gave the best solution we can have to protecting ourselves and our children from spiritual danger.
“While we cannot erase wickedness, we can produce young Latter-daySaints who, spiritually nourished, are immunized against evil influences.
As a grandfather who has lived a long time, I counsel you to have faith. Things have a way of working out. Stay close to the Church. Keep your children close to the Church.”
While it is no guarantee, it is the best thing we can do to help our children in the choices they will have to make in their lives. Teach them and live the gospel in your home and prepare them for the ugly war that Satan will rage against each of them in a battle for their souls. Never give up. Hold to the promise of eternal families and do all you can to prepare them for the worst because we all are brought to our knees with trials in this life and have our agency to choose. The war is real and it is big so prepare your children and arm them with all the faith and knowledge you can.
Do not fear- President Packer said “
Such trials shall not be permitted to stand in the way of their progress, but instead shall act as stepping-stones to greater knowledge.”
It takes faith in God to “not fear” He is always there and he will always bless us according to our needs. Things will not go as we expect them too but there will be wonderful bright spots along the way and our testimonies of Jesus Christ will see us through to that glorious day when we reach our to be with Him again. Life is a journey and although we do not see the future, we can have faith in it. Nothing stays the same so when times are tough remember that there will be brighter days and the sun will shine and eventually we will find joy. These tough times will make us stronger. Take joy in the journey and just press forward with faith.
105 Master, The Tempest Is Raging
Matt. 4: 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith? 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Dhildren-159-Stand For The Right