For Peace at Home
Elder Richard G. Scott
Of the Quorum of the 12 apostles
April 2013 General Conference
The ideal place for peace is within the walls of our own homes.
When Christ is the center of your home, there is peace and serenity.
Weight bearing beams in the construction of a Christ-centered home:
daily personal & family prayer
daily personal & family scripture study
weekly family home evening
Be obedient to the teachings of Christ…
Don’t rationalize away future happiness…
Remember: little things lead to big things.
You came to mortality with magnificent capacities and endless possibilities. Yet there is real danger in the environment surrounding you. Your great potential and ability could be limited or destroyed if you yield to the devil-inspired contamination around you. However, Satan is no match for the Savior. Satan’s fate is decided. He knows he has lost, but he wants to take as many with him as he can. He will try to ruin your goodness and abilities by exploiting your weaknesses. Stay on the Lord’s side, and you will win every time.
Doing all we can to invite the gentle, guiding influence of the Holy Ghost into our lives is critical in our attempts to center our homes on the Savior.
Greater peace will come as you couple your efforts to be obedient with serving those around you.
Selfishness is the root of great evil. The antidote for that evil is …in unselfish service to others.
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. Our insights, our talents, our abilities are expanded because we receive strength and power from the Lord. The Lord’s power is a fundamental component to establishing a home filled with peace.
One of the greatest blessings we can offer to the world is the power of a Christ-centered home where the gospel is taught, covenants are kept, and love abounds.
Do all you can to have just such a home.
Recognize the good in others, not their stains.
We need not worry if we can’t simultaneously do all of the things that the Lord has counseled us to do. He has spoken of a time and a season for all things.
In response to our sincere prayers for guidance, He will direct us in what should be emphasized at each phase of our life. We can learn, grow, and become like Him one consistent step at a time.