Thy Confidence Shall Wax Strong in the Presence of God

Devotional Talk Given at
Brigham Young University-Hawaii

March 2, 2011


I would like to begin by giving you a pop quiz.  I do not want to test your mind.  I want to test your heart.  I will read six very brief statements.  As I read them, please pay attention, not to what you think, but to what you feel.

  • I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people.  Behold I am Jesus Christ.  (Ether 3:14).

  • I came into the world to do the will of my Father (3Nephi 27:13).

  • I have drunk out of the bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world… (3Nephi 11:11).

  • I am the light and the life of the world.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end
    (3Nephi 9:18).

  • Come unto to me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit (3Nephi 12:19).

  • If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love" (John 15:10).

When I listen to these words, something happens to my heart. Tears come to my eyes.  These are truth tears, the kind of tears that come when I feel the Holy Ghost.  My heart softens and I feel a sense of awe and of gratitude.  I feel a desire to move towards the presence of God.

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