Carl from Mesa, AZ:
CHEER UP. YOU are in EXCELLENT COMPANY (Moses & Enoch had similar issues).
BIBLE, EXODUS 4:10-12
10 And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the Lord?
12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
BOOK OF MORMON, 2 NEPHI 3:17
17 And the Lord hath said: I will raise up a Moses; and I will give power unto him in a rod; and I will give judgment unto him in writing. Yet I will not loose his tongue, that he shall speak much, for I will not make him mighty in speaking. But I will write unto him my law, by the finger of mine own hand; and I will make a spokesman for him.
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Pearl of Great Price, MOSES 6:31
31 And when Enoch had heard these words, he bowed himself to the earth, before the Lord, and spake before the Lord, saying: Why is it that I have found favor in thy sight, and am but a lad, and all the people hate me; for I am slow of speech; wherefore am I thy servant?
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You just do what you feel is right, while obeying the commandments, and the Lord will assist you in ways you have yet to recognize
Anonymous from Cincinnati, Ohio, United States:
I don't know of anyone who was forced to speak in church. You can have a talk with your bishop and explain your situation to him. He can assist in making sure you don't have physical problems from assignments you might have in the church.
In addition, you should remember that he Lord is able to bless us to do things beyond our natural abilities. You may find that if you trust in him and try to speak in small groups first, you can overcome your situation. Again, no-one will force you to do something you are not able to do.
There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon (1 Nephi 3:7
) that says the Lord will never ask us to do something that he does not give us the strength to do.
I have been a member for several years and have been asked on a couple occasions to sing with groups of young men or adult men on occasions such as mother's day. My singing is terrible (even my mother would not want to hear it). I have politely declined and, whether they know it or not, have always been better off for my decision.
I would recommend that you not let this fear stop you from taking the steps (Baptism) that will eventually lead you back to live with our Heavenly Father.
Anonymous from Redding Ca.:
Thank you. I was Baptised April 10th. I have faith that the Lord has brought me to his fold. I no longer feel like a lost sheep. I will allow God to work and reform my life. DeVon.El Santo Gringo
: Congratulations for your recent baptism, DeVon! May you find all the many blessings in this wonderful church that I and millions of others have found. God bless you on your spiritual journey.