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.
President Russell M. Nelson, "Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives", General Conference, April 2018
This is still maybe one of the most alarming yet calming quotes from the prophet in today's climate. It can be scary to think that we need to somehow learn to hear the Spirit in the midst of all this noise. At the same time, it is very comforting and reassuring that the Spirit can and will guide us safely through if we just to learn to hear Him.
There are a ton of voices, shouting and yelling for us to pay attention to them. Unfortunately, sometimes, the voice who yells the loudest does get our attention. It's almost unavoidable. It can be right there in your face. It's natural to want to listen to it.
The difficult part is to ignore that voice, and those other voices, and pay attention to the quiet, still voice of the Spirit.
Picture a room with loud music blaring and the TV up at full volume, and people trying to talk over that noise. Now try to listen for a faint dog barking a mile away, or playful chatter of children down the street while you're there in that room. Chances are good that you can't hear that dog or those children amidst the noise and chaos.
The voice of the Spirit, the voice of God, is different. It may be quiet and still, it may appear faint like it's several miles away, but it is penetrating. It can break through any noise, like a light in utter darkness, and can travel any distance without attenuating.
It is there. It is always there. Even with the chaos of screaming and shouting all around. But.... we have to learn to hear it. We have to learn to pay attention to it, and not focus on all the other noise. When we hear it, it is the only voice we do hear, all the others, as loud as they are, appear as if they don't exist.