The prophet Mormon was a righteous man living amongst wicked people. They were so wicked, in fact, that Mormon was commanded by God not to preach to them. “My mouth was shut, and I was forbidden that I should preach unto them,” Mormon wrote. “But I did remain among them, but I was forbidden tounto them, because of the hardness of their hearts; and because of the hardness of their hearts the land was for their sake.”
In spite of his circumstances and surroundings, Mormon continued to live a righteous life and inspired his son Moroni to do the same. When reading their story and learning of the tragedy that befell their people, it is easy to see parallels to our own day. The good news is we have more help and resources than ever before to stay on the covenant path. If you feel overwhelmed with the wickedness of the world and wonder how you can keep going, consider applying these principles in your life.
Make Your Home a Refuge
No matter what your family circumstance is, you need to create a place of refuge. Here are two quotes that may help you understand the importance of our homes.
“Deep inside each of us is a need to have a place of refuge where peace and serenity prevail, a place where we can reset, regroup, and reenergize to prepare for future pressures. The ideal place is within the walls of our own homes, where we have done all we can to make the Lord Jesus Christ the centerpiece.” – Elder Richard G. Scott.
“Our homes are to be more than sanctuaries; they would also be places where God’s Spirit can dwell, where the storm stops at the door, where love reigns and peace dwells.” – President Thomas S. Monson
So, what can we do to make our homes a refuge with Christ at the center? Try a few of these ideas:
- Make sure there is a picture of Christ in the rooms of your home.
- Hold family councils where inspired goals are set and struggles are honestly discussed.
- Be careful of the media that is viewed or listened to in your home.
- Set aside a place in your home to pray, study, and journal.
- Invite others into your home to serve and nourish them.
Stay Focused on Truth from God
A lot of people claim to know or have access to the truth. As followers of Jesus Christ, we believe we receive truth from heaven. This can be truth from the scriptures, truth from modern-day prophets, and perhaps most importantly, truth from personal revelation. When bombarded with advice, opinions, and so-called facts, we should take the time to study it out. Does it align with the teachings of God? Does it inspire us to serve others and do good? What are the thoughts of trusted leaders and friends?
We should continually seek out truth to our questions and take the time to absorb as much information as we can from inspired and balanced sources.
Find Balance In Your Relationships
While Mormon continued to live and fight among a wicked people, his son Moroni was forced to flee. We too will face different circumstances when it comes to the people we associate with. There are times when the choices others make will create a need for separation and distance. There are also times when we can embrace charity and live in harmony with those that are different than us. Prayerfully counsel with God and trusted individuals when these circumstances arise. Decide what is spiritually best for you or your family. In all things, remember Christ’s admonition to love our enemies and stand as lights to the world.
Avoid Panic & Fear Through Preparation
Jesus Christ promised that if we are prepared, we will not fear. We can spiritually and physically prepare for hard times, which will help keep the panic and anxiety at bay. Consistent, godly habits are a great place to start. We can also learn more about our emotional and mental health and what causes us to react in ways that are contrary to God’s teachings. When we are calm and assured, we can use our agency more clearly.
The world will continue to be full of wickedness, but the light of Jesus Christ will continue to grow brighter and brighter until He returns. While we will still experience pain, we can remain hopeful. What are some ways you keep your testimony strong when things seem to be crumbling around you?