“We had a General Authority, Joseph Anderson, who lived longer than any other General Authority in the Church. He lived to be 102 years of age. He served as private secretary to President Heber J. Grant for many years. President Grant had a stroke and became very seriously ill, and Joseph Anderson went up to see him at night, and the President said to Joseph, ‘Joseph, have I ever been unkind to you?’ And Joseph said, ‘No, President Grant, you have never been unkind to me.’ And the President, with tears rolling down his face, said, ‘Joseph, I am grateful if I have never been unkind to you.’ He died the next day. But what a marvelous thing that a man who had worked with him for so very many years could say that the man who directed his efforts had never been unkind to him” (regional conference, priesthood leadership meeting, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 14 Feb. 1998).
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Have you ever wondered what the Lord means when he He says that He doesn’t give us peace as the world does? I’ve thought about this, and many times when we sing the words peace on earth, good will toward man, but I don’t think that we fully understand the meaning of those words. Christ Himself said He was bringing the sword, not peace. So what does this all mean? Continue reading
Tonight I think I am going to use a personal experience for my thought. The last part of last year was really dark and difficult for me. I’m still suffering from lingering aftershocks, but for the most part I have found some peace. A few months ago, during a really dark and hard time, we had stake conference. I was praying a lot of the blessings that I was missing in life – not focusing at all on those that I did have. The blessings I was desiring were all good ones that many people do want, and none of them were extremely selfish, such as wealth, etc.
I went to stake conference, not really feeling up to going, but going anyway because it was what I knew I should do. All through the session I sat there, not really being touched much by any of the speakers. The talks were good, but they weren’t directed at me as much. Then came along the closing hymn, I Believe in Christ. This is one of my very favorite hymns. Continue reading
Everybody in this life has their challenges and difficulties. That is part of our mortal test. The reason for some of these trials cannot be readily understood except on the basis of faith and hope because there is often a larger purpose which we do not always understand. Peace comes through hope.
President James E. Faust
I have a huge headache, so this is going to be a very short thought. There is a purpose behind every trial that we face in this life. We very rarely see all the reasons for the trials we go through until much later in life. Don’t lose hope because you cannot see the purpose behind something that you’re going through. There is a reason, and Heavenly Father knows it and will reveal it in His own due time. Trust in Him.
30 And it came to pass when they heard this voice, and beheld that it was not a voice of thunder, neither was it a voice of a great tumultuous noise, but behold, it was a still voice of perfect mildness, as if it had been a whisper, and it did pierce even to the very soul—
31 And notwithstanding the mildness of the voice, behold the earth shook exceedingly, and the walls of the prison trembled again, as if it were about to tumble to the earth; and behold the cloud of darkness, which had overshadowed them, did not disperse—
32 And behold the voice came again, saying: Repent ye, repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand; and seek no more to destroy my servants. And it came to pass that the earth shook again, and the walls trembled. Continue reading