Finding Peace in Trying Times

There is no store where we can buy a “pound of peace,” nor a restaurant where it’s featured as an à la carte item and we can have it simply by saying, “I’d like a piece of peace please, with a scoop of extra time on top!” If only it were that easy... Peace and a life that is less stressful, gerbil-in-the-wheel and is more satisfying, puddle-jumping-on-a-rainy-spring-day is available to “purchase,” but the “coin of the realm” isn’t dollars and cents, it’s desire, a recognition that you can dir...
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How Can We Make Christmas Meaningful For Children?

By Teisha P. As parents we wonder how to help our children feel the magic that accompanies the Christmas holiday when it seems to be lost in a shopping focused season. For some people, the sole purpose of Christmas is to receive and give gifts. Two years ago my husband and I stayed with my father and stepmother for the Christmas Holiday and this was the case in their home. While the tradition of giving and getting gifts is fun and adds to the excitement of the holiday, I noticed that when all t...
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How Can I Be Happy?

By Holly T. Someone once told me to put a penny in one of my shoes and for the whole day when I felt the penny in my shoe I should think of one thing I was grateful for. The penny in my shoe was about as irritating as a pebble---at first. But then I remembered the meaning behind it and started thinking of things I was thankful for. It happened more frequently than I thought, and I soon ran out of ideas. But that was when my thinking process changed. I really looked around and started being grat...
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How can we be Filled with Joy, Peace and Consolation?

By Lyndsi P. This November and December saw some new challenges that made my life less effortless than before. I found myself feeling bitter over turns of events that I considered to be unfair, and I sometimes blamed God for not shielding me from the hurt. This anger made it hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit, and I felt empty in what should have been a season of joy. As I prayed for understanding, I started to feel that God wanted me to learn more about the Atonement of Jesus Chri...
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What Helps you Feel Peace, Love, Hope, or Joy at Christmas?

By Various When we asked some of our contributors and their friends to answer the question, "What helps you feel peace, love, hope, or joy at Christmas?", they gave us these answers: “What helps me feel happiness at Christmas is being able to look around and see all the people that I love and care about and show them that I love them, not only through gifts, but through words and actions. Giving to others is the best way to feel happiness.” “My favorite part of Christmas is watching...
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