True and Faithful: D&C 6 (Fear Not)

33 Fear not to do good, my sons, for whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap; therefore, if ye sow good ye shall also reap good for your reward.34 Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail.

35 Behold, I do not condemn you; go your ways and sin no more; perform with soberness the work which I have commanded you.

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

37 Behold the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of the nails in my hands and feet; be faithful, keep my commandments, and ye shall inherit the kingdom of heaven. Amen.

These words are probably my favorite verses of comfort in all the scriptures. I love the Lord’s promise that if we are faithful and built upon his rock, we will not be overcome. I love the invitation to fear not in doing good. I love the reminder that God does not blame or condemn us in our imperfections. In short, I love everything about these verses.

I was introduced to these verses by my MTC companion. He had previously been in the MTC but had gone home in order to repent of previous transgressions. He had repented and had come back to serve a mission. He told me the story of how he left the MTC in the first place. After a devotional address by an apostle (it was either Elder Scott or Nelson), he felt impressed that he had to confess his past sins no matter the cost. And when he did, the branch president at the MTC shared these verses with him. For my companion, the promise that the Lord would not condemn him meant the world. These verses gave him the courage and strength to proceed onward and overcome Satan’s efforts to sow guilt and despair.

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