1982
He Had Confidence in Me
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“He Had Confidence in Me,” Ensign, Sept. 1982, 59

He Had Confidence in Me

As I sat contemplating an upcoming Church assignment, I became more and more apprehensive about my ability to do well. I needed help, so I began to pray. Much to my surprise, tears began to flow as I remembered an incident that had happened many years before.

I was in the ninth grade. School—and math—had always been easy for me. But at the end of the first term, I was getting a C in algebra. And to make matters worse, I still didn’t have any idea what it was all about.

With tears of frustration, I sought out Daddy and blubbered out my problem. He quietly and patiently said, “Let’s see if we can’t figure this out.” Even though he had never taken algebra as a boy, I felt confident he could help me. He did, explaining it so logically that I received A’s the rest of the term.

But he taught me another great lesson, too. “You have a good head on your shoulders,” he would say. “You’ll figure this out.” He let me know that he was certain, even if I wasn’t, that I could master anything I put my mind to—if I didn’t allow my emotions to get in the way.

The memory of that experience calmed me with the assurance that, like Daddy, Heavenly Father felt I had great ability and would do just fine. If I would stay calm and not worry about failure, he would be able to inspire me.

Confident once more, I thanked Him for giving me a father whose love and concern has helped me begin to comprehend our Heavenly Father’s love. Maureen McCullough, Roseburg, Oregon

Photography by Michael McConkie