Monday, June 29, 2015

M. Russell Ballard on finding peace in life:

Elder M. Russell Ballard (1928- ) was called as a Seventy in 1976, and has served as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles since 1985.
"At one time or another I believe everyone yearns for the 'peace of God, which passeth all understanding' (Philip. 4:7). That peace for our troubled hearts only comes to us as we follow the Light of Christ, which is 'given to every man, that he may know good from evil' (Moro. 7:16), as it leads us to repent of sins and seek forgiveness. For all there is a hunger to know 'the peaceable things of the kingdom' (D&C 36:2) and to taste 'the fruit[s] of righteousness,' which are 'sown in peace of them that make peace' (James 3:18)....
"Peace—real peace, whole-souled to the very core of your being—comes only in and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When that precious truth is discovered and gospel principles are understood and applied, great peace can distill in the hearts and souls of our Heavenly Father's children. Said the Savior through Joseph Smith, 'He who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come' (D&C 59:23)."
- M. Russell Ballard, "The Peaceable Things of the Kingdom", Ensign, May 2002, pp. 87-89
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The search for peace is one of the great quests of our time—perhaps of all time. But the "peace of God, which passeth all understanding," as the description itself indicates, is beyond our comprehension; yet is something Elder Ballard says we all yearn for. And it can come, as we follow the inspirations that are given to us, as we repent, as we live in faithfulness and obedience.

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