the future is as bright as your faith

Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith.

Thomas S. Monson

I don’t know what my future holds right now. It sometimes feels scary. So I’m trying to hold on to faith. I don’t have to be afraid if the Lord is in charge.

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Doubt Not, Fear Not

Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.

Doctrine and Covenants 6:36

Try to imagine, for a moment, your mind completely devoid of doubt and fear. You have complete faith and trust. This state of mind may be very different than what you are used to.

So many of my thoughts come from a place of doubt and fear–I’m afraid of what is going to happen in the future or I doubt that things could really work out how I want them to. It’s sort of silly, really, because Heavenly Father has always taken care of me. I’ve gotten through each hard time. I’m stronger than I think and when I do mess up, I’ve received forgiveness.

We don’t need to be afraid. And how do we chase away fear? We look to Jesus Christ. We focus on Him, and we love Him. We pray to our Heavenly Father about every aspect of our life, no matter how trivial, and then we go to work and we trust that He will take care of us. He will.

I was reading through some old journals and I was surprised about how much I have worried. Life has gotten progressively harder, and those challenges of years ago (like a difficult paper at school or trying to fit in) seem trivial to me now. I can see that things worked out. Heavenly Father gave me the help and guidance when I needed it.

Most of all, I see that the times I relied on my Savior, when I thought of Him and tried to serve Him, I found happiness, purpose, and peace in life.