This may seem like a true statement, but once again, partial truths can be deceiving. I often heard people going through trials which seemed huge to me talk about how they were able to receive peace from the gospel. I never really felt that peace the way I thought I should. I even taught on my mission that if people heard the gospel, they would have a new peace come into their lives, even though I had not personally felt it. Since being compelled to humility, I have changed the way that I live. Still far from perfect, but earnestly trying, I have felt the peace others have spoken of, even in the midst of a period of my life with many unknowns in the future. I realized that the word that causes this to be a lie is “having”. For having the gospel can bring a certain level of peace, but living the gospel is what leads us to the comfort offered by the Holy Ghost. Hymn #14 starts, “Sweet is the peace the gospel brings”, but it doesn’t stop there. It completes that sentence with “to seeking minds and true.” I need to do my part and not just have the gospel in order to experience this peace.
Several months after I was incarcerated, fires raged through our area and demolished entire neighborhoods. Over 5,000 homes were destroyed. Due to my limited contact with the outside world, I did not know if my house had been burned. I knew my family had been evacuated and was given information both that my neighborhood had been burned and that it had not been burned. For nearly two days, I didn’t know. Yet I felt an incredible peace. I didn’t worry at all about our things and knew that as long as my family was ok, we would be fine. I didn’t even feel stress about not knowing. This experience showed me the peace I had heard others describe and made me realize that living the gospel truly does bring sweet peace.
What differences have you noticed in your life between simply having the gospel and living the gospel? I look forward to reading your experiences.