34) SPIRITUAL-MENTAL: Can failure to fully live the commandments or indifference to spiritual matters cause mental instability?

Prophetic Statements

Howard W. Hunter

“Indifference to the Savior or failure to keep the commandments of God brings about insecurity, inner turmoil, and contention. These are the opposites of peace. Peace can come to an individual only by an unconditional surrender to him who is the Prince of peace and who has the power to confer peace.

One may live in beautiful and peaceful surroundings, yet, because of inner dissension and discord, be in a state of constant turmoil. On the other hand, one may be in the midst of utter destruction and the bloodshed of war, yet have the serenity of unspeakable peace. If we look to the ways of the world, we will find turmoil and confusion. If we will but turn to God, we will find peace for the restless soul. This was made clear by these words of the Savior: “In the world ye shall have tribulation” (“John 16:33, John 16:33); and in his bequest to the Twelve and to all mankind: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth.” (John 14:27, John 14:27.)

We can find such peace in a world of conflict if we will but accept his great gift and his further invitation: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matt. 11:28, Matt. 11:29, Matt. 11:28-29.)

This peace shelters us from the worldly turmoil. The knowledge that God lives, that we are his children, and that he loves us soothes the troubled heart. The answer to the quest lies in faith in God and in his Son, Jesus Christ. This will bring peace to us now and in the eternity to follow.”[1]

  1. Howard W. Hunter, That We Might Have Joy [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1994], 30.
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