Sunday, November 15, 2015

Ezra Taft Benson on finding peace and serenity through trusting God

President Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994) was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 1943, and served as the 13th President of the Church from 1985 until his death in 1994 at age 94.
"I wish it were possible for all of us to place our trusts completely in God and to keep his commandments fully. I wish we had the courage, the faith, and the strength of character so that we would in very deed place our trust in our heavenly Father and keep all of his commandments and do that which is right....
"It is a great blessing, my brethren and sisters, to have an inner peace, to have an assurance, to have a spirit of serenity, an inward calm during times of strife and struggle, during times of sorrow and reverses. It is soul-satisfying to know that God is at the helm, that he is mindful of his children, and that we can with full confidence place our trust in him. I believe that all the truly great men of the earth have been men who trusted in God and who have striven to do that which is right as they understood the right."
- Ezra Taft Benson, "Trust in God and Do the Right," Conference Report, April 1954, pp. 56-59
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Church leaders have a perspective of seeing trends and common issues as they interact with members of the Church throughout the world. This, along with inspiration from heaven, blesses them as they provide counsel on concerns that confront the people.

In this address, a "young" Elder Benson responded to what he perceived as a challenge of his time—the lack of trust and faith in God, the insufficient obedience and confidence in Him that would lead to greater blessings.

The ability to truly trust in God, to know that he "is at the helm" and directs both the Church and individual lives, is a wonderful, priceless gift. It truly does lead to the calmness and serenity in any situation that blesses the lives of faithful disciples.

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