Reader voices: Am I valiant enough?

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  • EternalPerspective Eldersburg, MD
    July 30, 2013 3:12 a.m.


    This life is one of trials and tribulations, but of all the experiences that have plagued human existence, none is more sinister than doubting one's worth and viability as a son or daughter of God with divine lineage and potential to become more than we are in this life. Because evil knows of our inherent worth to God and free will that is granted to us in this life, it will use everything and anything to convince someone they are not "valiant" or good enough in God's eyes, therefore failure is always going to happen.

    But, have all who feel as you expressed considered sufficiently enough that God already knows of our weaknesses, failures, and shortcomings and that is precisely why a Savior was sent to atone for the sins of the world, that through Him and the faith we exercise to trust and submit our will to His, we can become whole away from self-doubt and self-persecution?

    It is not God who gives such heavy burdens unto people, but evil, and the inability of people to forgive themselves and apply the atonement of Jesus Christ to give those negative thoughts and emotions to Him.

    July 29, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    Don't give in to this modern neurosis of self doubt. Just do the best you can every day, do something good for someone else, outside yourself, and you will be surprised at how the valiance points mount up, so to speak. This kind of preoccupation with self is not much better than preoccupation with money or things. Just DO IT. Don't let middle managers in church or teachers or any friends at church ever allow you to develop self-doubts that consume too much time dealing with and that could be better served just doing something nice for someone, not a big thing, but a few small things. It is never all about you. It is always all about others.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    July 28, 2013 9:18 p.m.

    I'm not a believer, but I am familiar enough with LDS doctrine to think that there is very little if any doctrine in this opinion article.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    July 28, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    One of the reasons for Utah's excessively high use of anti-depressants is that no matter how hard you try, in religion, you can never be "valiant enough". There's always just one more tunnel at the end of the light. Sad, but true.

  • Sore loser tampa, fl
    July 28, 2013 4:28 p.m.

    No one is ever going to be valiant enough, but there is a perfect soul that suffered beyond all comprehension to make up the difference.

  • Straitpath PROVO, UT
    July 28, 2013 11:41 a.m.

    I am grateful for such positive as this.

  • deciphering Bountiful, UT
    July 28, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    Your article reminds me of the hymnal words: "There is sunshine in my soul today, more glorious and bright . . ." I will be humming the tune and reflecting on your message. Thank you.