If we actively trust in the Lord and His ways, if we are engaged in His work, we will not fear the trends of the world or be troubled by them. I plead with you to set aside worldly influences and pressures and seek spirituality in your daily life. Love what the Lord loves—which includes His commandments, His holy houses, our sacred covenants with Him, the sacrament each Sabbath day, our communication through prayer—and you will not be troubled.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband, "Be Not Troubled", General Conference, October 2018
An Apostle of the Lord is "pleading" with us. Why? Is something on the horizon that is absolutely troubling? We know the world is in chaos, but, being honest, it really hasn't affected me yet. Does this mean that something is coming that will affect me?
Since this talk was over 2 years ago, is this whole pandemic and civil unrest what he was eluding to? Or is there still something even more troubling ahead?
I've always thought that 2020 was preparing us as a world for something worse. Like it was a "test" or precursor to see our reaction. I gotta say, the way that this world reacted, leaves me to believe that we're in trouble if something worse comes along.
So, all I can do, is increase the spirituality daily in my own life. That's all any of us can do really, just control our own lives. My focus is to improve myself, get closer to the Lord, seek spirituality, get stronger, and learn more. Then, by doing these things, my attention will be centered in Christ and my own Plan of Salvation, and everything that goes on around me will not matter in the grand scheme of things.