Mark is from Utah. He is married and has 3 children. He is a graduate of the University of Utah.
Mark Twain about Fear of Death
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
— Mark Twain
For many, these are scary times. Heck, not to get political, but Socialism scares the crap out of me. I am concerned because the Coronavirus is dominating the media as well as people’s lives, forcing them to live in fear. I hope to help overcome that by sharing scripture and quotes. Let us apply these ideas to our lives…
What does the Bible say?
In the Bible, the Lord spoke to Isaac in Genesis 26:24 (KJV)…fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee… The Lord gave encouragement to Joshua…Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Jesus spoke to his Apostles when He calmed the sea in Matthew 8:26: Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
If we are doing what is right, the Lord will be with us. We should be careful, of course, by washing our hands more and using sanitizer.
How do we go on?
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
— Martin Luther
The Last Days
Many consider it to be the last days. Consider Jesus speaking about His second coming in Luke 21:11- And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. Later in the chapter…Luke 21:26: Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
So, it is prophesied that there will be natural disasters and men’s hearts will fail them.
He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.
Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.
— Benjamin Franklin
Have No Fear
It's cliche, but the acronym FEAR=False Evidence Appearing Real. It is probably unlikely that you would get the Coronavirus. So be careful. You may want to avoid people that are sick. As mentioned, wash your hands more and use sanitizer.
So what should we do? 2 Timothy 1:7- For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Additional considerations from modern revelation in the Doctrine and Covenants. Does the following ring true?
Therefore, whosoever belongeth to my church need not fear, for such shall inherit the kingdom of heaven. (D&C 10:55) …if ye are prepared ye shall not fear (D&C 38:30). Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come. (D&C 68:6)
C’mon, people! The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news. Let it guide your life so that you no longer live in fear.
So I have been working from home for about a month. All of this COVID-19 stuff didn't really hit me until I saw so many empty shelves at the grocery store. To be honest, that gave me a little anxiety.
While it was an adjustment, it has been a blessing for two reasons:
1. I have gotten to spend more time than usual with my family.
2. I have been able to get things organized at home that have been hanging over me for YEARS.
We have been doing church at home, which was presented to us by our church leaders. This was inspired.
I think it would be good when/if we are able to reunite with others.
It seems that a lot of craziness has eased up now that the election is over. I'm really blessed to still be working from home. I don't feel as much stress because we are all adapting to this as it is our "new normal."
I'm still staying cautious because if some of our relatives got it, they probably wouldn't survive. I wear a mask more for others...I don't want them to get it in case I got it. But I don't wear it out of fear. I have faith that things will be fine, but I also take precautions by also washing my hands more and using sanitizer.
I have some concerns about getting the vaccine, but that is another story...
My siblings are a bit more easy going about it. One of my brothers is torn up because our other brothers seem to still associate with in-laws to keep our spouses happy, but he feels that my parents get the short end of the stick.
What About You
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© 2020 Mark Richardson
Mark Richardson (author) from Utah on March 12, 2020:
As always, thanks for you comments. Yes, could be tribulations. "Men's hearts will faith them" continues to run through my mind. Well, what the news pointed out is that it's not paranoia, its prevention. So my attitude has changed slightly.
Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on March 12, 2020:
Maybe I'm not afraid, but I have a good dose of caution. I don't see any point in taking chances like I'm invincible. According to modern-day prophets, we are in the sixth mass extinction of civilization. I wonder if this is what the New Testament refers to as "the tribulation?" This apparently describes a happening before the return of the physical christ or the christ consciousness, whichever it is. I'm kind of pragmatic, I will go when my times comes, no sooner, no later. But I'm not going to be foolish enough to dance in the middle of the road before an oncoming truck like some people seem to be doing. Yes, we wash our hands and use hand sanitizer around our house, and I've canceled a trip to Europe that I was planning for a few weeks away.