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January 8, 2021 - Peace I give unto you

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.

Elder Quentin L. Cook, "Personal Peace: The Reward of Righteousness", General Conference, April 2013

We think of peace, usually, in more of a collective sense, at least I do. Peace between nations, peace between neighbors, peace in society in general, peace in nature and the elements.

But, how often do we think of peace in individual terms? Peace of conscience, peace of mind, peace of spirit?

When I think of chaos, I am taken to the story of Christ in the boat sleeping. A storm raged around the boat, high waves crashed on the vessel, winds howled, lightening collided with anything it could find, thunder boomed loud, water everywhere (and I'm sure it wasn't warm either). All the while, the Savior slept. He was calm. He was at peace.

Aren't we on a metaphorical boat amidst a storm of chaos and crashing waves, and booming thunder right now? We are. Persecutions will rage. Calumny will defame. Mobs will combine. Armies will assemble (Standard of Truth - Joseph Smith). There's nothing we can do about that. But...we can be at so much peace that we fall asleep, per se, when bad things happen. We are promised that peace.

We don't need to silently scream out to the Lord "carest not that I perish?". He does care. He weeps when we hurt, suffer, and cry ourselves. He wants to help us.

I long for the peace that Christ experienced on that boat. I desire the peace He carries always and gives freely to those seeking it. He was not worried. He is not worried. He was not afraid and is not afraid now. We can be that way too. We just need to learn to completely trust Him.

But how?

Well, I am a long ways from mastering that. But I know it starts with simply doing what He asks us to do. Then, turn to Him in every thought we have and every decision we make. Easier, said than done, I know.

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