This week’s BYU-Idaho devotional speaker talked about how to overcome fear with help from Jesus Christ.
Lynne Landon is the online hiring manager for BYU-Idaho. She opened her devotional by talking about how she learned to fear things at a young age. She then shared three practices she finds especially helpful during hard times.
The first practice is to gain perspective. She shared an experience when she was going through trials and felt confused and desperately afraid. She found comfort when she read the scriptures.
Her perspective began to change from “Why me?” to “Why not me?” “Wasn’t I strong enough, brave enough, and faithful enough to navigate my trials with grace and courage,” she said. “And trust in the Savior’s ability and willingness to offer healing and hope?”
The second practice is to look for examples. Landon said there are several figures in the scriptures who overcame their challenges like Job, Esther, and Nephi. She said we can find these examples all around us – in our classes, homes, neighborhoods, and our own family tree.
The third, and most important practice, is to turn to the Savior. Landon said Jesus Christ keeps His promises and is anxious to heal, strengthen, and comfort us.
“Because He experienced our pains, every one of them,” she said, “He can and will extend His arm of mercy and healing.”
In an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, Landon said she wants listeners of her devotional to feel hopeful.
“I hope that the listeners … are reminded … that we have resources,” she said. “We have strength within ourselves.”