Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.
— Ether 12:4
This has been a turbulent year both for Hong Kong and the rest of the world. Clashes between racial groups, deepening political conflicts, the global recession, natural disasters, hateful exchanges on social media and of course the COVID-19 pandemic all have their part to play, rocking carefully-established systems and bringing great fear to people across the globe. These mounting stresses are not something the ordinary citizen can easily endure, making the art of surviving extraordinary challenges an increasingly important skill.
Words of wisdom from the scripture above are particularly inspirational at this current dark juncture. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I feel nothing but an unexpected and miraculous sense of peace even when faced with the challenges before me. Such peace stems from the fact that we have the gospel of Jesus Christ to guide us through whatever turmoil. For years, the Church has taught its members to get out of debt, to prepare for food storage, to study the gospel more with family members, and to seek both temporal and spiritual self-reliance. Looking at our leaders’ past teachings, I am again overcome with gratitude at the Lord’s tireless care and support, all for the sake of helping us grow and thrive.
This spiritual stability is not unique to Latter-day Saints. Casting our eye across the past, it is clear that everyone can learn something from biblical teachings. History overflows with those who, with the Lord’s help, found their way out of challenging or seemingly desperate situations: Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt by crossing the Red Sea, tiny David defeating the giant Goliath, Helaman and his two thousand stripling warriors overcoming a mighty foe before making a glorious return home. All these remind us that only by having faith in Jesus Christ can we train ourselves to stay calm, perseverant and courageous in times of trouble; only when we stay confident in His power can we find a way out of darkness.
The aforementioned social problems have brought instability and fear to the public. It is therefore doubly important that we respond with a positive attitude and a flexible mindset. Case in point: members of this exhibition’s organizing committee were undiminished in their passion even though this year the event must be held virtually rather than in our usual Tsim Sha Tsui Cultural Centre location. It is with unwavering enthusiasm that they seek to bring a message of positivity to society through art. This spirit, in fact, captures precisely the meaning behind “Stability Amidst Turmoil.”
The opportunity to study all the contributing artists’ interpretations of the theme is something I await with great eagerness. At the same time, I hope that every visitor to the online platform will be inspired to place ever-greater faith in Jesus Christ, and in so doing gain the power to survive these stressful times with fortitude, wisdom and grace.