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Righteousness brings inner peace to lives

REXBURG, Idaho — Approximately 2,000 people gathered at BYU-Idaho June 23-26 to learn about the peace that the gospel can bring to people's lives.

Speaking to participants at the seventh annual Education Week, Elder W. Rolfe Kerr of the Seventy defined Christ's peace as being "that inner peace, comfort, and joy which accompany the well-ordered life, but it is also that inner peace, comfort and joy that come to all of us as we come to believe in Him and believe Him.

"The troubled and fearful heart is usually found in the disobedient, the disrespectful and the disbelieving," said Elder Kerr. "His peace comes to those who prepare themselves with repentance, resolution and righteousness."

He referred to this year's theme for Education Week, taken from John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

"The peace the Savior brings to our lives is not just that peace that comes from His atoning sacrifice," said Elder Kerr. "It is also the peace we enjoy as we come to know, accept, and live His gospel — even the 'gospel of peace.' "

He concluded by saying, "Spiritually speaking, that everlasting peace Jesus promises is an inner peace, established in prayer, born of faith, anchored by testimony, shown by forgiveness of others' trespasses against us, expressed through love, and earned through repentance and righteous living."

More than 40 presenters from BYU-Idaho, the Church Educational System, BYU in Provo, Utah, and other professional fields taught a wide variety of topics at this year's events. Other devotional speakers were BYU-Idaho President David A. Bednar and his wife, Susan Bednar, and Elaine Jack, former Relief Society general president.

President Bednar explained the theme: "It appears to me that one of the most pressing needs in our world today is peace — not only among nations, but also within our families, our neighborhoods, and our communities."

Education Week coordinator J.D. Griffith said, "It was important that people would walk away knowing how to acquire more peace in their lives."

Elder Kerr's talk and other Education Week talks will be broadcast on KBYU- TV and BYU Television July 26-28 from 7-9 p.m. (MDT).

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