Jesus Christ has the power to provide healing and relief regardless of the trials we face.
The most harrowing feeling I’ve ever had was looking at my husband sleeping so peacefully next to me and thinking, “I’m going to be the thing keeping him out of heaven.” I wanted to die so he could go on and find a good wife, a wife who didn’t have the plethora of weaknesses I showed him on a daily basis, a wife who actually progressed.
Being raised in the Church has made me hyper-aware of what expectations exist for my behavior. For some, knowing exactly what is expected is a comfort, but for others it is an anxiety-ridden struggle. Yet one of the greatest gifts God promises us is a gift called confidence. In a general conference talk titled “Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence,” Elder Jörg Klebingat explains how to receive the gift of confidence as described in D&C 121:45, “Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God.”
How? As Elder Klebingat says, “Choose honest, joyful, daily repentance by striving to simply do and be your very best.” Making a habit of repentance will bring
the Spirit, as well as humility and confidence . The confidence of knowing that you are honest before your Heavenly Father will draw you closer to him. This will let you “approach the throne of God with [the] confidence” that you can look at his face and tell him that you tried to be the person he hoped you would be. And then you will not be ashamed.
Read Elder Jörg Klebingat’s talk “Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence.”
—Linde Fielding, Mormon Insights contributor
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Find more insights
Read “The Confidence of Worthiness,” a message given at a youth fireside in which Elder Jeffrey R. Holland discusses the importance of being optimistic toward the future even when you do face trials and make mistakes.
Check out a New Era article by David A. Edwards called “7 Things We Fear about Repentance—and Why We Shouldn’t” to learn why repentance is both important and possible for everyone.