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Did you hear what you needed to hear?

Susan M - October 7, 2007

I’ve been thinking about faith, doubt and fear for the last few weeks. Pondering. Reading certain scriptures. Then Elder Cook mentions the very thing I’ve been thinking about, and quotes one of the scriptures I’ve been pondering:

For the Lord has not given the spirit of fear,
But of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

There were other things I needed to hear, but having him say that really sort of blew me away. It shouldn’t have (I’ve had this sort of thing happen many times), but it did.


  1. Yes, Brother Oaks hit me right where I live. My brother emailed almost as soon as conference was over to make sure I understood that the manuals are there to teach out of and not outside material.

    Lucky for me I don’t teach Priesthood or SS, I teach an older singles FHE so I can go off on any tangent I want and still not be in violation of Elder Oaks remarks.

    I thought Pres. Hinckley’s talk on Sunday morning was excellent, laid it on the line as to why we are different in today’s christianity.

    Comment by don — October 7, 2007 @ 8:24 pm

  2. Speaking right to me. Happens EVERY time for me Susan. This time it reminded me that most of us have the very same problems and that gave me comfort…

    Comment by cj douglass — October 7, 2007 @ 9:17 pm

  3. I was also struck by Brother Oaks talk – not the manual part, but the stuff about prioritizing.

    Comment by Sue — October 8, 2007 @ 12:04 am

  4. I always hear what I need to hear, too.

    Don, Elder Hollan’s talk on Saturday morning elaborated on what Pres. Hinckley said and it was phenomonal!

    Comment by Cheryl — October 8, 2007 @ 5:35 am

  5. Very nicely said.

    Comment by Stephen M (Ethesis) — October 8, 2007 @ 6:14 am

  6. As an EQ instructor, Elder Oaks’ words about sticking to the manual gave me a bit of concern. I can see some overzealous local leaders trying to police that in too strict a manner.

    Comment by MCQ — October 8, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

  7. MCQ-
    Are you trying to start a debate over here, too? ;)

    Comment by Cheryl — October 8, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

  8. P.S. that wasn’t implying you started a debate elsewhere. It’s implying that there are debates going on about the same things…

    Comment by Cheryl — October 8, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

  9. Of course:
    “Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you”
    “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge”
    “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD”
    “and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord”
    “And I command you to do these things in the fear of the Lord;”

    So fear or no fear?

    Comment by Daylan — October 8, 2007 @ 8:47 pm

  10. For me it was Elder Eyring, (excuse me, PRESIDENT Eyring) speaking in Priesthood about staying up all night praying and getting an assurance of how to proceed BUT NOT an assurance on the outcome. I’ve always stuck those together, now I know I need to separate them!

    Comment by Bret — October 8, 2007 @ 10:38 pm

  11. Different sort of fear, obviously, Daylan.

    Comment by Susan M — October 9, 2007 @ 7:16 am

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