“Angels, shepherds, and Wise Men sought and found peace from their faith in Jesus Christ. So will you. The Savior’s birth is the gift that makes it possible for the Father to give us ‘peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.'”
A friend recently sent to me a copy of a talk entitled “Peace in this Life”, by Henry B. Eyring. What a timely message this is. Our world is in turmoil; oftentimes our personal lives are extremely challenging for many reasons, both within our control and not so much. But amidst whatever trials, challenges, another’s choice that affects our lives, or influences that can impact us on a global level, we can find peace. That one word means so much. Where can we turn for peace? We turn to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate this month. The following quote from this talk was very meaningful to me, as I had just prayed that improving my relationship with my Savior would strengthen me on those days that are especially trying. I hope it helps you and gives you some direction during a difficult time.
“It is only through following the Savior that any of us can find peace and serenity in the trials that will come to all of us.”
And it just now occurred to me that we should remember that our relationship with Jesus Christ, as well as our Heavenly Father, can make the good days even sweeter. They aren’t just there for us on the rough days.
We have been serving as Church Service Missionaries in the Welfare Services Department of our church. Our area of focus is in a regional Home Storage Center where members of our church, as well as those who are not members, can come and purchase pre-pack and bulk items of foods such as flour, wheat, sugar, beans, etc. for everyday use or for food storage. Ask me about the Hot Cocoa Mix. We have been doing this for a few months now and have really enjoyed our service.
This past week things were a little slow, until a young mom came in to buy a couple of items while she was in the area. She does not live locally, but sometimes stops by when she is in town on business and picks up a few things. She was probably in her 30’s, and was just a delight to talk to. She radiated the spirit of the Gospel: her light was warm and beautiful. As I sat there chatting with her about her current assignment in church–she is Primary President in her congregation–I was struck by how strong her testimony was of the Savior and living the Gospel–she has only been a member of the church for 4 years!
I am 58 and was baptized at 8 years old, and she is more spiritually mature than I am. I was honored and blessed to be talking to her and I kept thinking that it was so cool to be having this conversation with a perfect stranger, and yet, because of our beliefs we were really sisters.
She set an example for me that day of a loving mother, a beautiful daughter of God, a strong warrior for our Savior Jesus Christ.
Our Church holds two conferences annually to our worldwide membership and this year I was actually able to attend the Saturday afternoon session in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. While in Salt Lake I was able to take a really cool picture of the spires of the Salt Lake LDS Temple. As I was preparing a spiritual thought for today, I just really wanted to share the photo I took and also a few thoughts from other conferences that I have watched and taken notes from. Hope you gain something from what I share today:
It is not the work of the Lord that is frustrated, but the work of man.
In spite of conditions in the world today, we live in a consecrated time.
Your calling isn’t about what you’ve done, but what the Lord can do through you.
Simplify your approach to discipleship–start where you are.
No matter where we are, we are the Lord’s agents. We are always on His errand.
We are not aware of what the Savior’s sacrifice has done for us.
It’s not the trial, it’s the load. Bearing it is necessary on our path to eternal life. Don’t expect to carry it alone.
Keeping covenants empowers us–stay firmly on the path.
We were tutored in the pre-existence and were given trials and challenges unique to us.
Learn to recognize the power of the Atonement in your life.
The Lord sees weaknesses differently than he does rebellion.
Okay, that’s it for now. Time to get ready for church. Happy Sunday!
I am late posting for today, but wanted to get something up here that just really spoke to me today in one of our lessons. It was a quote from Pres. Joseph Fielding Smith, former president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had such a sweet and powerful testimony of our Savior. You can read more about it HERE, but this he shared to the world about how we, as Mormons, feel about our Savior:
“May I say, as plainly and as forcefully as I can, that we believe in Christ. We accept him without reservation as the Son of God and the Savior of the world.”