Saturday, March 10, 2007

world troubles

I am working on saving my old blog posts to my computer journal, which I should have done all along. I should also hard copy them. But time! money! paper!

One of my posts talks a bit about living in troubled times. I think it is good to have a reminder, so here is most of it again.

The world is full of troubles. My heart sorrows for them, I pray for them, and occasionally I cast my small pittance into an humanitarian pot.

Then what?

It doesn't do much good to be all glum and gloomy. I derive comfort and hope from the words of Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley - “Peace may be denied for a season. … But God our Eternal Father will watch over this nation and all of the civilized world who look to Him. … Our safety lies in repentance. Our strength comes from obedience to the commandments of God. “Are these perilous times? They are. But there is no need to fear. We can have peace in our hearts and peace in our homes. We can be an influence for good in this world, every one of us” (from an October 2001 general conference address).

I also think of the hymn Scatter Sunshine. In a troubled world, I believe that we should Do our best. Repent. Come unto Christ. Strive to live righteously. Give and serve when and where we can. Pray. Count our blessings. Be happy. Live Laugh Love May we seek the Lord's peace and receive His blessings with joy and gratitude.

I am grateful
*for a living prophet
* for the personal warmth, wit, charm and faith of Gordon B. Hinckley, man and prophet
* that I live in peace and safety, am sheltered, clothed and fed
* for family and friends

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