“The Fear of Persecution and the Cares of the World Caused Him [James Covel] to Reject the Word”

Doctrine and Covenants 40:2

2 And he received the word with gladness, but straightway Satan tempted him; and the fear of persecution and the cares of the world caused him to reject the word.

President Thomas S. Monson said:

“We will face fear, experience ridicule, and meet opposition. Let us have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval. Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully, but also as a determination to live decently. A moral coward is one who is afraid to do what he thinks is right because others will disapprove or laugh. Remember that all men have their fears, but those who face their fears with dignity have courage as well.”

(“The Call for Courage,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2004, 55–56.)

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