Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
"Many voices from the world in which we live tell us we should live at a frantic pace," said Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve in his Saturday afternoon conference address. "Yet, deep inside each of us is a need to have a place of refuge where peace and serenity prevail. … The ideal place for that peace is within the walls of our own homes."
Elder Scott said while many homes are not configured with a righteous mother and father at the head, all can center their homes and lives on Christ, regardless of their circumstances, "for He is the source of true peace in this life."
Not just parents, but children should be made responsible for peace in the home, he counseled, noting that regular practice of prayer, scripture study and family home evening are essential.
"Don't rationalize away future happiness by taking shortcuts instead of applying sound gospel principles. Remember: little things lead to big things."
Because of technological advances, people can fit the full standard works and years of general conference messages in their pockets. "Just having them in your pocket will not protect you, but studying, pondering and listening to them during quiet moments each day will enhance communication through the Spirit. ...
"If you young people would review a verse of scripture as often as some of you send text messages, you could soon have hundreds of passages of scripture memorized. Those passages would prove to be a powerful source of inspiration and guidance by the Holy Ghost in times of need."
Greater peace will come if individuals are not only obedient but serve also those around them.
"When we obey the commandments of the Lord and serve His children unselfishly, the natural consequence is power from God: power to do more than we can do by ourselves."
As the home is are centered on the Savior, it will become a refuge not only to family but also friends. Elder Scott encouraged members to welcome friends into their homes. He told the story of a missionary who had grown up in the foster system before he joined the Church in his youth. While on his mission, he enjoyed the Spirit he felt in the mission home. He stayed there a few extra days after his mission in order to learn how a Christ-centered family functions.
"Do all you can to have such a home. … It should not be a resource used to gain personal advantage, but as a treasure to be appreciated and shared. Welcome into your home others who need to be strengthened by such an experience."
Elder Scott offered comfort for those who have a family member who is not making good choices. He encouraged them to trust in the Lord and His timing, do all they can and then have the faith to leave it to the Lord.
"I bear testimony that living an obedient life, firmly rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ, provides the greatest assurance for peace and refuge in our homes. There will still be plenty of challenges or heartaches, but even in the midst of turmoil, we can enjoy inner peace and profound happiness."
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