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Here Are Four Examples of Self-Confidence Today

By Mormon.org
Daniel standing in a den of lions looking up toward King Darius and others

You don’t have to look further than the latest news headlines to find examples of self-centered and arrogant behavior. As Paul warned concerning our day, “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, … heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:2–4).

However, we have reason to take heart, for just as in times of old, there are shining examples today of self-confidence without arrogance. Self-confident people shine in different settings, but do they share a common quality? Let’s examine four examples to discover the key.

Willing to Stand Alone

As a young man serving in the military, President Thomas S. Monson was required to declare his religion in the face of possible ridicule. Though he felt isolated and alone, he declared with confidence his identity as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Like Daniel of old, who stood alone in the face of death (see Daniel 6), President Monson and many today declare with confidence their personal convictions.

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Sacrificing for a Greater Cause

Recently the NCAA produced a video segment highlighting the missionary service of Brigham Young University basketball player Tyler Haws, a service he offered during the height of his college basketball career. Like Ammon in the Book of Mormon (see Alma 17–20) and tens of thousands of young adults around the world today, Haws recognized a need to sacrifice something good for something better and with confidence served the Lord. Watch the video segment here.

Giving Selflessly to Others

Young Spencer Zimmerman was not looking for fame or glory when he invited his friend Dayton to compete in a triathlon with him. He simply knew that Dayton couldn’t do it alone, and so he chose to give of himself for his friend. He was confident, like Helaman’s two thousand stripling warriors of old (see Alma 53–58), that his selfless act would make a difference in someone else’s life. And so he gave.

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Remembering True Identity

In 2008 Stephanie Nielsen, along with her husband, survived a terrible plane crash, which left her body severely burned. In an instant, her identity was called into question. Yet drawing on a sure understanding of the plan of salvation, she has met her challenges with a strength and confidence worthy of a queen. Like Esther before her, Stephanie knows her purpose and faces it with dignity and courage each day. To her and many others today, self-confidence comes from knowing who we really are.

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Each of these examples shares a common characteristic. Whether through personal conviction, sacrifice, service, or identity, self-confident people look outside themselves and turn their hearts and lives to God. Want to learn more about turning toward God and developing self-confidence? Chat with a Mormon now.