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Meditation: Finding Peace and Happiness in Our Lives
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We are living in turbulence times in which the conditions in the world are uncertain. Many of us also may wonder what is in store for us. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are taught to believe that the future is bright and that there are great things in store for us. We believe that if we apply certain teachings in our lives they will provide a path for continued happiness.

Of greatest importance is strengthening our relationship with our Heavenly Father and with the Savior wherein he will bring us out of darkness, lighten our load and light the way. As stated in Micah 7:8, “When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.” Prominent steps to building this relationship include:

1. Daily scripture study – Diligently study the scriptures and offer prayers to find answers from God’s words. They have been given to us as a guide and road map to assist us in this life.

2. Prayer – If we seek, hope, believe, and pray we will receive answers, comfort, and guidance to our questions and needs from He that has sent us here.

3. Attending Church Services – We need to attend church services weekly to receive inspiration and knowledge. When attending services we will likewise be uplifted and inspired by others.

4. Provide Service to Others – When you are in the service to others you are in the service of God. Any and every act of unselfish service brings us closer to God. If we review the Savior’s life we find that everything he did while on earth was related to service. By taking on ourselves his name, and calling ourselves Christians, we have committed to know him and to pattern our lives after his. By replacing one’s self with faith, inspired thought and service the future will remain bright.

5. Tithes and Offerings – Pay our tithing and offerings so that the windows of heaven can be opened to bless us as described in Malachi 3:10. What more uplifting and spiritual comfort can we receive than the feeling of hope and love that come from providing for those who are less fortunate.

I offer my testimony to each and every one, that if we pattern our lives after the Savior and incorporate the above principles into our lives our happiness will increase and we will find peace.

Bishop Bryan D. Crawford, Rye Ward

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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