Sunday, May 31, 2009

Thoughts from President Kimball

Doctrine & Covenants 67-68
Fear, Faith, Prayer and Children

Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers.  Sometimes we don't realize that because of the fear we have in our hearts.  If we "strip" ourselves of jealousies and fears, and practice humility and patience, it will be easier for us to recognize God's hand in our lives.  And we have a responsibility to teach these principles (along with faith, repentance, baptism, and obedience) to our children.

I found an incredible talk by President Spencer W. Kimball, given in the April 1973 general conference.  It's just filled with memorable, helpful phrases:

“Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there.” 

“If your knees are knocking, kneel on them.” 

"Preparation comes from infancy and childhood training, when faith is born and character established. It is a bit late to try to build faith when the ship is sinking or the plane is falling or the head-on collision is certain."

“Courage is said to be fear that has said its prayers.” 

"Security is not born of inexhaustible wealth but of unquenchable faith. And generally that kind of faith is born and nurtured in the home and in childhood." 

"Prayer is the passport to spiritual power."

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