Is Peace Possible?

 

Finding Peace Inside

Finding Peace Inside

Is it possible to find peace living in a world filled with strident voices, violence, and crime? These words from President Thomas S. Monson lift my spirits. “It would be easy to become discouraged and cynical about the future, even fearful if we allowed ourselves to dwell only on that which is wrong in the world and in our lives.” He counseled us to focus instead on blessings, to remain steadfast and cheerful through our troubles. “This attitude is what will pull us through whatever comes our way. Fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith.”  I feel peace knowing that I am a child of God and that He has a plan for me. I feel peace in covenant-keeping because God’s promises are sure. I feel peace in my marriage as we move through our days hand in hand—learning, loving, growing. The Holy Ghost fills me with peace, even during trials. Peace is love in my heart, restraint from temptation, and joy in sacred things. I feel peace in prudent living, with simple tastes and habits that constitute aesthetic leanness. Alan and I strive for “elegance rather than luxury; refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy…not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently…to bear all cheerfully…to let the spiritual grow up through the common” (William Henry Channing). Peace does not come from external things; it is a gift of the Spirit—incorporated as an attitude. Yes, I CAN find peace even living in a chaotic world.

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