Selected Teachings on
The Fear of God

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience.... Reverence; respect; due regard. (,fear)

D. Todd Christofferson (Quorum of the Seventy)

There are many places in the scriptures that counsel mankind to fear God. In our day we generally interpret the word fear as “respect” or “reverence” or “love”; that is, the fear of God means the love of God or respect for Him and His law. That may often be a correct reading, but I wonder if sometimes fear doesn’t really mean fear, as when the prophets speak of fearing to offend God by breaking His commandments.…

We should so love and reverence Him that we fear doing anything wrong in His sight, whatever may be the opinions of or pressure from others. (“A Sense of the Sacred,” CES fireside for young adults, Nov. 7, 2004, 6–7)