Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Elder Quentin L. Cook on living by faith instead of fear

Elder Quentin L. Cook (b. 1940) was called as a Seventy in 1996, then as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 2007.
"It is our faith in Jesus Christ that sustains us at the crossroads of life’s journey. It is the first principle of the gospel. Without it we will spin our wheels at the intersection, spending our precious time but getting nowhere. It is Christ who offers the invitation to follow Him, to give Him our burden, and to carry His yoke, 'for [His] yoke is easy, and [His] burden is light' (Matthew 11:30).
"There is no other name under heaven whereby man can be saved (see Acts 4:12). We must take upon us His name and receive His image in our countenance so that when He comes we will be more like Him (see 1 John 3:2; Alma 5:14). When we choose to follow Christ in faith rather than choosing another path out of fear, we are blessed with a consequence that is consistent with our choice (see D&C 6:34–36).
"May we all recognize and give thanks for the incomparable gift of life we each enjoy and for the breath that He lends us daily. May we choose to have conviction at the crossroads of life and exercise faith in Jesus Christ. My prayer is that we will live by faith and not by fear."
- Quentin L. Cook, "Live by Faith and Not by Fear," General Conference October 2007
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Do we occasionally "spin our wheels" at the crucial "intersections of life," not making the progress that we could if we had faith that helped us focus on the Savior as our guide and strength? Elder Cook encourages us to look to Him in order to achieve the mist important results in our lives:

We should be truly grateful for "the incomparable gift of life" that we are given, and remember to look to Him in order to "live by faith and not by fear."

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2018)

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