Faith vs Fear

Faith vs Fear

Monday, May 5, 2014

Faith vs. Fear

Several months ago I saw a Facebook conversation about the lack of religion in modern life, and someone commented that she felt that faith was dead. I have found, however, that faith is alive and well, and is the way to work through the trials and challenges that come with life. The words of a Primary song came to mind:

  1. 1. Faith is knowing the sun will rise, lighting each new day.
    Faith is knowing the Lord will hear my prayers each time I pray.
    Faith is like a little seed:
    If planted, it will grow.
    Faith is a swelling within my heart.
    When I do right, I know.
  2. 2. Faith is knowing I lived with God before my mortal birth.
    Faith is knowing I can return when my life ends on earth.
    Faith is trust in God above;
    In Christ, who showed the way.
    Faith is strengthened; I feel it grow
    Whenever I obey.

We have found that faith and prayer are an important part of David's mental health plan along with regular doctor visits and taking his meds faithfully. Even though he still has days when he struggles badly with anxiety and depression, he comes through it better when he makes the effort to go to Church  on Sundays and we have prayer together both morning and night.
During the October general conference I was grateful when Elder Jeffrey R. Holland spoke on the subject of faith and mental health issues.
And from the April 2014 general conference: "Faith is the antidote for fear"

We know that through faith and prayer, David's mental health issues are easier to deal with, especially as he works to control the disorder.

On the family front:
In the last year: Soldier Brian is now Captain Brian! We welcomed two beautiful new granddaughters, Evelyn and Alexis, and a handsome new grandson, Kyle. Three of our children moved into new houses. We enjoyed having Lara spent part of the summer with us in preparation for sending 15-year-old Zach to stay with Brian's family while he attends high school.

We spent a few days in Idaho in June visiting my family:
Burghdorf Hot Springs (so nice on a cool rainy day) 

family pool tournament!
We feel grateful for our blessings and David's improving control over his disability.


  1. Hi Sally!
    Great to see a post from you again! Congrats to Brian on his achievements! That is truly awesome! Congrats too on the new wee ones---we just got done having our youngest grandchild over for a week and it was SO fun:)
    Will you get to see Lara again this summer?
    PS: I have a feeling I would LOVE those hot springs:)

  2. Thank you, Aimee! I keep thinking I'll update it, and then another month goes by . . . I'm hoping to be a little more diligent. I aspire to be more like you with blogging; you do such a great job!
    The hot springs are wonderful, a little north of McCall, hidden in the mountains; you WOULD love it!

    1. You are most welcome! I go through times when I don't blog either because of things going on in my life. But I do like when I see a post from you:)
      Ah, McCall! One of my sons spent quite a few months there awhile back. His photos were wonderful -- I would really like to visit there someday.
      Blessings, Aimee


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