After a quick text one morning that read, "Can you think of any of our ancestor stories that typified these attributes: Faith, Hope, Compassion, forgiveness, repentance, gratitude, God's Word/Scriptures, Prayer? (Part of the #princeofpeace campaign)" My beautiful mother-in-law immediately responded, "I just thought of one about my maternal grandfather and the scriptures. I will look it up to get the exact words. He was my favorite grandparent - so kind, gentle and faithful." She then sent me this letter written to her parents:
A quick login to FamilySearch and I found a photo of the house. Can you see the scene in your mind as you peek into the window?
At Grandpa Peterson’s funeral, this was recorded, "Stake President Golden A. Carlson paid high tribute to Bishop Peterson on the knowledge he had of the gospel. Relating an incident where Bishop Peterson had given a lesson in a Stake High Priest class, and how intelligently and well it was presented. President Carlson told of how he with the class were amazed that day as they listened to Bishop Peterson at the age of eighty-four years quote verse after verse of the scriptures without reference or notes.”
I thought about Grandpa Peterson as I was looking up a scripture on my phone the other day. As my children walked by did they know, I was looking up a scripture or uploading a photo to Instagram? Would someone looking in my window in the early morning seeing the glow of the computer know what I was doing? The convenience and information at my fingertips is beautiful, I can look-up and find any quote or scripture when my mind only remembers a fragment, but this image of great-grandpa Peterson sitting in his rocking chair, next to the wood stove and oil lamp is now forever etched in my mind. I don't think that the same can be said for me.
So I've tried to use the paper copy of my scriptures more often this past week, not because I want to be a postcard image, but because I want my children to have no doubt as to what I am doing.I want them to know how important the word of God is to me. I want them to think about Grandpa Peterson when they are alone and no one is looking. What do they choose to do, will they choose the word of God or another form of entertainment. Which will bring lasting peace?
I want them to think about Grandpa Peterson when they are alone and no one is looking. What do they choose to do, will they choose the word of God or another form of entertainment. Which will bring lasting peace? I want them to understand that their actions today can affect generations to come, so what will they choose?
Most importantly, I want them to know that Jesus is the Christ and that they can find His story, His teachings, and His love in the pages of scriptures we often take for granted. He is the only source for peace. He is our Redeemer and Savior. How I love Him.