Thursday, October 6, 2016

James E. Faust on finding inward peace in an unstable world

President James E. Faust (1920-2007) was called as a Seventy in 1976, then as a member of the Quorum of Twelve in 1978. He served as a counselor to President Hinckley from 1995 until his death in 2007 at age 87.
"I believe the Spirit of the Holy Ghost is the greatest guarantor of inward peace in our unstable world. It can be more mind-expanding and can make us have a better sense of well-being than any chemical or other earthly substance. It will calm nerves; it will breathe peace to our souls. This Comforter can be with us as we seek to improve. It can function as a source of revelation to warn us of impending danger and also help keep us from making mistakes. It can enhance our natural senses so that we can see more clearly, hear more keenly, and remember what we should remember. It is a way of maximizing our happiness.
"The Spirit—the Holy Ghost—will help us work out our insecurities. For instance, it can help us learn to forgive. There comes a time when people must move on, seeking greater things rather than being consumed by the memory of some hurt or injustice. Dwelling constantly on past injuries is, by its nature, limiting to the Spirit. It does not promote peace."
- James E. Faust, "The Gift of the Holy Ghost—A Sure Compass," Ensign, April 1996, pp. 2-6
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In an "unstable world" we are often searching for sources of comfort and inward peace. President Faust shares an impressive testimony of what he testifies are the benefits and blessings of the Spirit of the Holy Ghost.

Some of the things I found particularly interesting were:

  • the Spirit's ability to "enhance our natural senses." The whole experience of life is enriched and improved through that gift and presence.
  • the Spirit can "help us work out our insecurities" including the ability to put an end to "being consumed by the memory of some hurt or injustice." I have personal experience with that need and blessing.
  • the Spirit will "breathe peace to our souls." Perhaps this sums it up.  What more do we need in a world becoming more and more confusing and unstable?

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