“We live in a world that is complex and increasingly contentious. The constant availability of social media and a 24-hour news cycle bombard us with relentless messages. If we are to have any hope of sifting through the myriad of voices and the philosophies of men that attack truth, we must learn to receive revelation. …
[I]n coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost. …
The privilege of receiving revelation is one of the greatest gifts of God to His children. …
Through the manifestations of the Holy Ghost, the Lord will assist us in all our righteous pursuits.
President Russell M. Nelson, “Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives”, General Conference, April 2018
I know we’ve heard this before, but I want to emphasize where he says “in the coming days”.
Think about that. Ponder that phrase. This isn’t just a mortal man telling us that it’d be nice to use this guidance in your life, if you want, if you so choose. This is not just a man telling us that life will be easier if you have the Holy Ghost with you.
This is the Lord Himself letting us know that if we don’t have the Holy Ghost guiding us, not only will it be harder in life, but we will be spiritually dead. We will NOT survive. It won’t happen all at once but gradually. We won’t even notice it.
I think that we hear the term “someday”, or a phrase like unto it, and we think that we have time. We procrastinate. It’s human nature. At least I do anyway. Maybe I’m more of a “natural man” than I think. The Lord is telling us not to procrastinate. He is saying to make sure our lamps are filled with oil.
Notice how we are dealing with this pandemic “days” after he warned us. Notice that missionaries and members are now being tested and tried spiritually. A sifting has been taking place. It has for a while but it’s more apparent now and with haste. If you look, you will see it. Members with weak testimonies are not surviving as we speak. Information is causing fear, anxiety, hatred, chaos.
I know that this is just the beginning. Our roots need to be firmly planted in the ground because the winds are picking up. They will get stronger. We must get stronger too. Now. Before the strong winds come. When they are here, it’ll be too late.
We shouldn’t be afraid either. We shouldn’t worry. We don’t need to. That’s hard to do sometimes, I know, but we have the Lord’s promise when we stand still and focus where we need to, that he or she “who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his [or her] reward, even peace in this world” (D&C59:23).