Friday, March 2, 2018

President Spencer W. Kimball on keys to finding peace

President Spencer W. Kimball (1895-1985) was ordained an apostle in 1943 and served as President of the Church from 1973 to 1985.
"Peace is the fruit of righteousness. It cannot be bought with money, and cannot be traded nor bartered. It must be earned. The wealthy often spend much of their gains in a bid for peace, only to find that it is not for sale. But the poorest as well as the richest may have it in abundance if the total price is paid. Those who abide the laws and live the Christ-like life may have peace and other kindred blessings, principal among which are exaltation and eternal life. They include also blessings for this life."
- Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1969], 363-64

One of our hymns asks, "Where can I turn for peace?" (Hymns #129) The hymn suggests that it can be found only in our "Savior and Friend" who brings solace and comfort to those who petition: "Gentle the peace he finds for my beseeching." President Kimball's message is similar; we can find peace in obedience and in "the Christ-like life":

This is not a gift that can be purchases with money; the wealthy often find they are the furthest away from its blessing. True blessings and deep, lasting peace come through humble discipleship.

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2018)

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