Even with the trials of life, because of the Savior’s Atonement and His grace, righteous living will be rewarded with personal peace.
Recent experiences have caused me to reflect on the doctrine of peace and especially the role of Jesus Christ in helping each of us obtain lasting personal peace.
Two events in the past few months have touched me deeply. First, I spoke at the funeral for Emilie Parker, a precious six-year-old who lost her life along with 25 others, including 19 young children, in a tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. I mourned with her family and recognized that many had been deprived of peace. I found strength and faith in her parents, Robert and Alissa Parker.
Second, I met with thousands of faithful members of the Church in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan.1 This French-speaking, West-African country has endured economic hardship, a military coup, and two recent civil wars concluding in 2011. Yet I felt a special peace in their presence.
Events often occur that rob us of peace and heighten our sense of vulnerability.
We all long for peace. Peace is not just safety or lack of war, violence, conflict, and contention. Peace comes from knowing that the Savior knows who we are and knows that we have faith in Him, love Him, and keep His commandments, even and especially amid life’s devastating trials and tragedies.
a family in tate's ward
The following are tate's thoughts...
i was thinking about all the challenges we have faced as a family this past little while and as i was studying the general conference talks i came across the talk called, PERSONAL PEACE, THE REWARD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. I invite everyone to read it...it changed my aspect of how i look at all these things that have happened in the last little while and where we can find peace and comfort even in the hardest times! all the general conference talks were INCREDIBLE. go back and read them because they are amazing and helped me tons!
SOOOO this week was a really good one! we had a ton of good lessons and we had two of our investigators come to church so that was a huge accomplishment! i am really excited for my comp because he will have a huge and successful change this next change...
representing for my dad
i am sad to leave but at the same time i feel content to know that i left this sector better than it was when i got here and i planted a lot of seeds...that is the most important...that others were coming unto christ!
but i am going to miss this house and the elders i live with tons! elder cooper and berling and nelson are way fun and it was an amazing time but i know i am being changed for a reason and this next change will be way fun i know it! i am leaving 6 people here in this sector with baptismal dates so i am looking forward to hearing that they all got baptized here in the near future! it would be awesome!
i am doing amazing and also dad have you gotten in contact with uvu? hey i lvoe you guys and miss you tons! just know that i will be working hard and doing whats right! LES QUIERO MUCHISIMO! have a good week!