12 Now behold, this Lachoneus, the governor, was a just man, and could not be frightened by the demands and the threatenings of a robber; therefore he did not hearken to the epistle of Giddianhi, the governor of the robbers, but he did cause that his people should cry unto the Lord for strength against the time that the robbers should come down against them.
- he explained the threat to his people,
- he told them to gather,
- he appointed military leaders,
- he armed the people, and
- he urged them to pray.
He prepared himself and his people for the impending conflict, but he did all of this in a calm and orderly manner which prepared them effectively. He was not terrorized by the robbers. He knew that God would strengthen them and deliver them if they would trust in Him.
As Elder David A. Bednar reminded us last April, “Correct knowledge of and faith in the Lord empower us to hush our fears because Jesus Christ is the only source of enduring peace” (“Therefore They Hushed Their Fears,” General Conference, April 2015).
Today, I will face my challenges with faith in Jesus Christ. I will remember that, even though I must prepare myself for the battles I must fight, I need not do so in the spirit of fear, but with confidence that I can overcome my challenges in the strength of the Lord.