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“The defining challenge of our day is to discern, obey, and defend truth,” said Brother Douglas D. Holmes, First Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency, during commencement exercises at Brigham Young University-Idaho on July 23.

“This is not a small thing, for only the truth—a pure knowledge of things as they really are—will make us free and lead us to happiness now and in eternity,” he said.

Brother Holmes warned of the deceit of self-confidence, and spoke of developing a confidence based on trusting in God.

“If self-confidence is so critical to a happy life, why don’t I find any sermons on it in the scriptures?” he asked. “Why has God not told us how important self-confidence is and given guidance on how to build our self-confidence?”

Rather, the scriptures teach the opposite—to always remember “the greatness of God, and your own nothingness“ (Mosiah 4:11), with warnings against those who “putteth his trust in the arm of flesh” (2 Nephi 4:34), and encouragement to “trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding“ (Proverbs 3:5).

Citing examples such as Nephi and Helaman in the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith, Brother Holmes recognized all of these men had put their confidence in God.

“These examples barely scratch the surface of this prominent scriptural theme,” he said. “Time after time, remarkable accomplishments have been achieved by weak and simple people who trusted God’s power over their own.”

Brother Holmes shared three lessons to help individuals avoid deception and build their confidence every day.

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