They Hushed Their Fears – Mosiah 23:27-28

27 But Alma went forth and stood among them, and exhorted them that they should not be frightened, but that they should remember the Lord their God and he would deliver them.
28 Therefore they hushed their fears, and began to cry unto the Lord that he would soften the hearts of the Lamanites, that they would spare them, and their wives, and their children.
(Mosiah 23:27-28)

Notice who is taking action in these verses. It doesn’t say, “Alma hushed their fears.” It says that Alma exhorted (urged) them not to be frightened. He also reassured them that they could continue to trust in God. In response, the people hushed their own fears.
I think this is an important perspective. 
We all need to learn how to manage our own emotions, including knowing how to “hush our fears.” Additionally, we all need to encourage and strengthen one another. As President Howard W. Hunter taught:

As children of God and descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we must seek to dispel fear from among people. A timid, fearing people cannot do their work well, and they cannot do God’s work at all. Latter-day Saints have a divinely assigned mission to fulfill that simply must not be dissipated in fear and anxiety (“An Anchor to the Souls of Men,” CES Fireside, February 7, 1993).

Today, I will heed Alma’s counsel not to be frightened. When I become anxious or nervous about a challenge I face, I will hush my fears and trust in the Lord so that I can continue to be productive, even in the face of uncertainty.

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