Whew, we're back from a long weekend! How was your Labor Day?! I hope filled with memories you'll long remember! Or maybe it was simply a weekend of rest—our certainly had moments of both, and both were so needed.
This week as I read Elder Holland's address—actually after reading it twice—I thought, nothing more really needs to be said here. His message is so timely and so clear that it felt as though the only thing left to do was to go out and live it—to go and believe.
Believe that God is greater than the turmoil you will, and are, facing
Believe that He will not leave you comfortless.
Believe that everything you need to “create a brighter day and grow an economy of genuine goodness in society are abundantly provided for in the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Believe that “Everyone has the right to be loved, to feel peaceful, and to find safety at home.”
Believe that the soothing salve of the Savior's atoning sacrifice is available to you “without money and without price."
Believe that living by the “principles of righteousness” such as "patience, long-suffering, gentleness, and love unfeigned" will lead to POWER, indeed the very powers of heaven.
Believe that while violence and conflict may inevitably surround you, robbing this world of any known peace, "it does not have to be taken from [you] individually!"
We may not be able to control the circumstances around us, but we can control how we experience them by practicing peace within.
I know how deeply external peace, or lack of, can seem to directly affect our internal peace—it feels as though the heaviness of it all rests squarely on our shoulders. But they are, in fact, independent of each other. We have the choice, and all the tools we need in the gospel of Jesus Christ, to foster and nourish an internal peace—regardless of “the deficits of faith and hope and charity all around us.”
And "we find it by turning to Him".
"The instruments we need to create a brighter day and grow an economy of genuine goodness in society are abundantly provided for in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We cannot afford—and this world cannot afford—our failure to put these gospel concepts and fortifying covenants to full use personally and publicly.”
"Let’s try to practice peace in a personal way, applying the grace and healing balm of the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ to ourselves and our families and all those we can reach around us."
I am practicing personal peace and calling upon the powers of heaven through principles of patience, gentleness, and love unfeigned.