RS/MP Chapter 24: “Righteous Living in Perilous Times” (George Albert Smith Manual)

The headline for this lesson reads, “Through our faithfulness to the gospel, we can find safety from the perils of our day and be a positive influence in the world.” After reading through this lesson, I believe that we can be this positive influence on the world through proclaiming peace to the world. In D&C 1:35 we read, “For I am no respecter of persons, and will that all men shall know that the day speedily cometh; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand, when peace shall be taken from the earth, and the devil shall have power over his own dominion.” In reference to this verse George Albert Smith stated, “I think that with the distress everywhere, with the prediction that the Lord made in the first Section of the Doctrine and Covenants, that ‘peace should be taken from the earth,’ we must feel that that time has come.” I think many of us do feel that that time has come. The question is, how do we recover that lost sense of peace? We recover it by becoming the very embodiment of peace.

Sometimes it seems like there is nothing that we can do to help the world and that happiness is impossible. Perhaps happiness is hard to come by in the world, but finding a sense of peace in a broken world is not impossible.

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