In my last Unblog post, we discussed your Journey to Zion, and how you can begin your own individual journey as dictated by the Holy Ghost, who’s mission is to bring you literally and figuratively to the feet of our Savior.
As we proceed down this path, there is a reality, an emotion we must anticipate:
The Journey to Zion is forged by individual footsteps of faith. Knowing this, Satan is anxious to divert and even destroy our journey by skillfully, subtly and effectively injecting fear, the opposite of faith. Even the noblest among us are not 100% immune to this emotion.
Both the past, present and future give us reason to be cognizant that fear can strike in very troubling circumstances. It struck as we latter-day saints fled from town to town, city to city before our trek to the West. It struck in our day, during 9/11. Even today, some of those I love most in this life have a self-admitted fear of the future. They know that many events preceding the Lord’s second coming will be so horrific, that even prophets of old asked for visions of the future to be discontinued.
Make no mistake: the temptation to give in to fear will strike again — many times — in the future.
I believe the Lord is preparing many people to serve as living, breathing antidotes for a future day when fear will be rampant and faith a rare commodity. Some are inspired to learn survival skills. Others, emergency storage. Yet others are being inspired with tremendous, sacred spiritual insights into the ministering of angels and a sure knowledge of the Lord’s existence — beings who surely desire to guide us to Zion’s gates.
One of the most poignant passages I’ve read concerning fear is found in “Visions of Glory”:
“We were very busy expanding Zion by gathering in the elect all around the globe through the portals. By this time, every translated person had his or her own portal, but there was a learning curve to using it. For an inexperienced person, they could only travel so far, and would have to walk or obtain other transportation to go beyond that. Some newly-translated people would go out on their mission, and then become overwhelmed by what they saw, and with fear or sorrow in their hearts they could not return via the portal and thus pollute Zion. They had to begin their journeys back to Zion afoot, awaiting the time when they could regroup their faith and overcome their fear, so that their portal could bring them back home.” (“Visions of Glory”, p. 214)
So, there are many good, righteous people among us at present who fear the future. And there may be some among us in the future who will fear their present.
If this someone you love…or, if this could be you — today or tomorrow — I encourage you to click here and read these inspired words of a modern-day apostle, David A. Bednar. This devotional, “Fear Not, I Am With Thee”, was given at BYU-Hawaii last December.
In fact, you may want to print it (for future reference). For in a future day, the Spirit may have a brief, yet impactful message for you:
“Never take counsel from your fears”.