"In mortality tribulation would continue. But in the midst of that tribulation His followers would have peace in Him. In other words, even if all the world is crumbling around us, the promised Comforter will provide His peace as a result of true discipleship. Ultimate total peace will come, of course, because He overcame the world. But we can have His peace with us irrespective of the troubles of the world. His peace is that peace, that serenity, that comfort spoken to our hearts and minds by the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, as we strive to follow Him and keep His commandments." — Dennis E. Simmons, His Peace, General Conference, April 1997
"Our closeness to the Lord will, in great measure, determine the peace and comfort and renewed strength that we feel as we invite the Spirit into our lives." — Robert E. Wells General Conference, April 1991
"World peace, though a lofty goal, is but an outgrowth of the personal peace each individual seeks to attain. I speak not of the peace promoted by man, but peace as promised of God. I speak of peace in our homes, peace in our hearts, even peace in our lives. Peace after the way of man is perishable. Peace after the manner of God will prevail." — Thomas S. Monson, General Conference, April 1994
"When the immortal spirit is starved, hunger persists for something more filling. Even when material success comes, there is a hollow ache--if living well falls short of living worthily. Inner peace cannot be found in affluence accompanied by spiritual privation." — Russell M. Nelson, General Conference, April 1996
"It is very important for the Saints to know that during today's perilous times when peace has been taken from the earth, and Satan has power over his own dominion and over all that will not hearken unto the voice of God, that the Lord gave these comforting words, '. . . The Lord shall have power over his saints, and shall reign in their midst, and shall come down in judgment upon . . . the world.' (D&C 1:36.)" — Bernard P. Brockbank, Hearken Unto The Voice Of God, General Conference, April 1974
"Many good people promote peace by opposing war. They advocate laws or treaties to abolish war, to require disarmament, or to reduce armed forces. Those methods may reduce the likelihood or the costs of war. But opposition to war cannot ensure peace, because peace is more than the absence of war." — Dallin H. Oaks, World Peace, General Conference, April 1990
"There is only one source of true peace. I am certain that the Lord, who notes the fall of a sparrow, looks with compassion upon those who have been called upon to part—even temporarily—from their precious children. The gifts of healing and of peace are desperately needed, and Jesus, through His Atonement, has provided them for one and all."
Thomas S. Monson
"Think to Thank,"
"Ensign," Nov. 1998, 20
"Christ and His angels and His prophets forever labor to buoy up our spirits, steady our nerves, calm our hearts, send us forth with renewed strength and resolute hope. They wish all to know that 'if God be for us, who can be against us?' In the world we shall have tribulation, but we are to be of good cheer. Christ has overcome the world. Through His suffering and His obedience He has earned and rightly bears the crown of 'Prince of Peace.'"
Jeffrey R. Holland
"The Peaceable Things of the Kingdom,"
"Ensign," Nov. 1996, 83
"We are following a cycle which was repeated over and over again in the Book of Mormon. As the Lord tells us, 'In the day of their peace they esteemed lightly my counsel; but, in the day of their trouble, of necessity they feel after me' (D&C 101:8). We shouldn’t be too surprised, therefore, that the Lord is allowing some wake-up calls to jar us loose from apathy just as he has done in previous dispensations."
Glenn L. Pace
"Ensign," Nov. 1992, 12
"There has never been a time when it is more important for us as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to take a stand, remain firm in our convictions, and conduct ourselves with calm assurance under all circumstances. We must not be manipulated or enraged by those who subtly foster contention over issues of the day."
Marvin J. Ashton
"There Are Many Gifts,"
"Ensign," Nov. 1987, 22
"I testify that Jesus is the only true source of lasting joy, that our only lasting peace is in him. I do wish him to be 'our glory now,' the glory each of us yearns for individually and the only prize men and nations can permanently hold dear. He is our prize in time and in eternity. Every other prize is finally fruitless. Every other grandeur fades with time and dissolves with the elements."
Howard W. Hunter
"Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee,"
"Ensign," May 1993, 65
"Just as Jesus' anxious Apostles were given peace by 'another Comforter,' so today can all men and women receive the same marvelous blessing each day of their lives: the teenager challenged by peer pressure, the person torn by seemingly overwhelming passions or emotions, the person encircled about by loneliness and despair, the hungry, the oppressed, the forgotten, the frightened, the abused, the abuser, the liar, the thief--all who will surrender, follow the Master, and do His works are entitled to the same peace." - Dennis E. Simmons, "His Peace," General Conference, April 1997
"It is very significant that when Jesus came forth from the tomb and appeared to his disciples, his first greeting was, 'Peace be unto you.' (Luke 24:36.) Peace-not passion, not personal possessions, not personal accomplishments nor happiness-is one of the greatest blessings a man can receive. Our trust and our relationship with our Heavenly Father should be one similar to that of the little blind girl and her earthly father. When sorrow, tragedy, and heartbreaks occur in our lives, wouldn't it be comforting if when the whisperings of God say, 'Do you know why this has happened to you?' we could have the peace of mind to answer 'No, but you do.'" - Marvin J. Ashton, "Peace-A Triumph of Principles," Ensign, November 1985, p. 69
"If all people would accept and live the restored gospel of Jesus Christ their hearts would throb with a sweet peace, a divine love, and an exquisite joy. Thus all covetousness, hate, greed, envy, stealing, lust, adultery, whoredoms, strife, riots, war, and all other sordid and evil acts would cease. Men would love God and man with all their hearts. A perfect condition of peace and righteousness would prevail throughout the world. The King of kings could come and reign. The only hope for this wicked world, therefore, is for its people to repent and accept and live the gospel of Jesus Christ." - Milton R. Hunter, "Conference Report," October 1966, Afternoon Meeting p. 41
"To curtail evil, to spread love and peace, brotherly kindness throughout the world is our paramount duty. If we would face the future, no matter what it may be, with calmness of spirit, with an assurance that God governs in the affairs of men, let us as individuals and as a group live exemplary lives.
"Let us see to it that the social evils now rampant in the world that bring such sorrow and degradation to mankind, that spread sorrow and misery throughout the world are reduced to a minimum in our own communities." - David O. McKay, "Pathways to Happiness" [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1957], p. 199
"Peace can prevail only when that natural inclination to fight is superseded by self-determination to live on a loftier level. Coming unto Jesus Christ as the 'Prince of Peace' (Isa. 9:6.) is the pathway to peace on earth and goodwill among men. (See Luke 2:14.) He made a promise to us: 'Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.' (Matt. 5:9; see also 3 Ne. 12:9; Joseph Smith Translation, Matt. 5:11.)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Blessed Are the Peacemakers," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.39
"The Savior admonished, 'Have peace one with another.' (Mark 9:50.) Peace must first come from within. It flows from the individual to the home, to the community, to the nations, and to the world. This peace can only come as we resist the damaging pastime of passing judgment. In the scriptures we are warned to judge not, that we be not judged. (See 3 Ne. 14:1; Matt. 7:1.) Somehow there seems to be something enticing and intriguing about being a self-appointed judge." - Marvin J. Ashton, "Straightway," Ensign (CR), May 1983, p.30
"An early American prophet counseled us how important our commitment is to the Savior:
"'And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall' (Hel. 5:12).
"When we commit ourselves to him, we receive the inner peace and security he promised: 'Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you' (John 14:27). When we are committed to him, we bind him to bless us, for he said: 'I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say;' and conversely 'but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise' (D&C 82:10)." - James M. Paramore, "A Personal Commitment," Ensign (CR), May 1979, p.60
"Recently while wrestling in my mind with a problem I thought to be of serious consequence I went to my knees in prayer. There came into my mind a feeling of peace and the words of the Lord, 'Be still and know that I am God.' I turned to the scripture and read this reassuring statement spoken to the Prophet Joseph Smith 150 years ago: 'Let your hearts be comforted concerning Zion; for all flesh is in mine hands; be still and know that I am God.' (D&C 101:16.)
"God is weaving his tapestry according to his own grand design. All flesh is in his hands. It is not our prerogative to counsel him. It is our responsibility and our opportunity to be at peace in our minds and in our hearts, and to know that he is God, that this is his work, and that he will not permit it to fail.
"We have no need to fear. We have no need to worry. We have no need to speculate. Our imperative need is to be found doing our duty individually in the callings which have come to us. And because, for the most part, the Latter-day Saints are walking in faith and working with conviction, the Church is consistently growing ever stronger." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "He Slumbers Not, nor Sleeps," Ensign (CR), May 1983, p.5
"Our Father in Heaven has promised us peace in times of trial and has provided a way for us to come to Him in our need. He has given us the privilege and power of prayer. He has told us to "pray always" and has promised He will pour out His Spirit upon us. (D&C 19:38.)
"Thankfully, we can call upon Him anytime, anywhere. We can speak to Him in the quiet thoughts of our mind and from the deepest feelings of our heart. It has been said, 'prayer is made up of heart throbs and the righteous yearnings of the soul.' (James E. Talmage, 'Jesus the Christ,' Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1977, p. 238.) Our Heavenly Father has told us He knows our thoughts and the intents of our hearts. (D&C 6:16.)" - Rex D. Pinegar, "Peace through Prayer," Ensign (CR), May 1993, p.65
"When we can draw from the past, we don't have to retest every decision or experience. We can turn to our storehouse of memory over and over again and relive precious moments that can sustain, comfort, and protect us against uncertainty and faltering faith.
"When Oliver Cowdery began his labors as scribe in the translation of the Book of Mormon, the Lord spoke to him through Joseph Smith as follows: 'Behold, thou art Oliver, and I have spoken unto thee because of thy desires; therefore treasure up these words in thy heart. Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love.' Then he added: 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things. Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?' (D&C 6:20, 22-23). The Lord seems to be telling him to remember. 'Remember, Oliver, what I told you before. Treasure those memories, draw strength from them, and never, ever forget.' He says to each of us, 'Remember those times when I spoke peace to your mind.'" - Ardeth Greene Kapp, "Rejoice! His Promises Are Sure," p.84-85
"The value of peace within our hearts cannot be measured. When we are at peace, we can be free of worry and fear, knowing that with the Lord's help, we can do all that is expected or required of us. We can approach every day, every task, and every challenge with assurance and confidence in the outcome. We have freedom of thought and action, freedom to be happy. Even those incarcerated for lengthy periods of time as war prisoners can be at peace in their own minds. Many of them have learned from their captors that they cannot deprive them of freedom to think, even when the most harsh limitations are imposed. Few, if any, blessings from God are more valuable to our spiritual health than the reward of peace within. In modern-day revelation the Savior said, 'But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.' (D&C 59:23.)" - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Peace Within," Ensign (CR), May 1991, p.36
"Men may yearn for peace, cry for peace, and work for peace, but there will be no peace until they follow the path pointed out by the Living Christ. He is the true light of men's lives." - David O. McKay, "Conference Report," October 1964, First Day—Morning Meeting, p.5
"We live in marvelous times, yet also an hour when peace has been taken from the earth. (See D&C 1:35.) For us to prosper in these times, spiritual light must burn within us. How do we obtain this spiritual light and ensure that the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ fill our souls? I would like to suggest three ways: (1) learn true doctrine, (2) gain pure testimony, and (3) live the gospel courageously." - Robert R. Steuer, "The Power of Light and Truth," General Conference, April 2008
"At one time or another I believe everyone yearns for the 'peace of God, which passeth all understanding' (Philip. 4:7). That peace for our troubled hearts only comes to us as we follow the Light of Christ, which is 'given to every man, that he may know good from evil' (Moro. 7:16), as it leads us to repent of sins and seek forgiveness. For all there is a hunger to know 'the peaceable things of the kingdom' (D&C 36:2) and to taste 'the fruit[s] of righteousness,' which are 'sown in peace of them that make peace' (James 3:18). In every home, neighborhood, and community, we ought to strive for peace and never be party to stirring up contention or division." - M. Russell Ballard, "The Peaceable Things of the Kingdom," Ensign (CR), May 2002, p.87
"[Christ] is our protector in a world constantly seeking to solve problems through violence. He is our protector in a world where the minds of so many are filled with evil continually. We, of all people, should look to the future with enthusiasm and optimism. We have His word to direct us, to comfort us, and to give us hope for the future. There is so much that lies ahead of light and purity and virtue; and, in time, violence will disappear, for surely the lamb will lie down with the lion." - L. Aldin Porter, “To Bear Testimony of Mine Only Begotten”, Ensign (CR), May 2001, p.30
"A life time is too short to tell the extent of the mission of the Saviour to the human family, but I will venture to use one of his sayings, in connection with what I have already quoted from the book of Revelations. When he was arraigned before Pilate to be tried for his life, he said to Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." Connect this saying with "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God," and we can understand how the kingdom of Christ is not of this world, because it is established in peace, unlike all worldly kingdoms which are established in war. The motto of his kingdom is "Peace on earth and good will towards men," and hence not after the order of worldly kingdoms." - "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 9:310
"Peace, sweet peace, finally comes to all men when they humbly yield to the gentle pressures of the Spirit." - Spencer W. Kimball, "Conference Report," April 1955, Fourth Day-Morning Meeting, p.97
"Whenever we live up to the best that is in us, we live up to the principles and the ideals the Savior gave us. To follow him brings peace to the soul." - O. Leslie Stone, "The Beatitudes," Ensign (CR), November 1974, p.31
"Many of us know what it is to suffer physically for ourselves, and we suffer mentally and emotionally for our friends and loved ones in their sorrows and afflictions. I am not capable of fully understanding the suffering of this great firstborn Son of God for the sins of the world. We call it Gethsemane. He gave us agency and then, knowing all would sin to a greater or lesser degree, took the responsibility on himself of paying the price of the atonement for our sins, provided we would repent and follow him and his teachings. I find peace in doing what he said to do. When he said: 'Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you' (John 14:27), he meant what he said. Someday I hope to be able to understand better. I know the peace I can have if I will keep his law and abide in his commandments." - S. Dilworth Young, "When I Read, I Am There," Ensign (CR), July 1973, p.113
“Satan is at work, my brethren and sisters. Our freedom is at stake. It is the responsibility of everyone who calls himself a Christian, and particularly for every member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and more particularly for every holder of the priesthood of God, to take a firm stand and a determined stand against evil. It is my testimony to you, my brothers and sisters, wherever you may be, that God has given us the solution to our problems, the plan by which we can enjoy peace in the world and peace in our lives.” - Nathan Eldon Tanner, “Conference Report,” October 1961, Third Day–Morning Meeting, p. 107
“Thus, from the beginning of creation, God planned to have leaders available in the last days holding the power of the holy priesthood. With this power we can help bring peace to the world by practicing peace. It must begin in our homes, in our quorums, in our auxiliaries, and within every single Church unit. People are so hungry for peace today that if we truly demonstrate peace among ourselves and to others, they will flock to the Church in great numbers. The greatest missionary tool we have is that of demonstrating friendliness, brotherly kindness, harmony, love, and peace in our homes and in all our Church meetings. If we follow the example of Jesus Christ and become true peacemakers, that flood of love will cover the earth as with a blanket. The only way Satan can ever be bound will be through the love of man for God and for one another.” - Theodore M. Burton, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers,” Ensign (CR), November 1974, p. 54
“Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” – “Favorite Quotations from the Collection of Thomas S. Monson,” p. 273
"The troubles of the world often expressed in screaming headlines should remind us to seek for the peace that comes from living the simple principles of the gospel of Christ. The vociferous minorities will not unsettle our peace of soul if we love our fellowmen and have faith in the atoning sacrifice of the Savior and the quiet assurance he gives of life everlasting. Where do we find such faith in a troubled world? The Lord said, 'Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.'" - Howard W. Hunter, "Conference Report," October 1969, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p. 113
"The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace, teaches us how to establish peace in our homes.
"He teaches us to be submissive, or in other words, to yield to the will or power of the Lord. 'Go and say, 'I am sorry.''
"He teaches us to be meek, or in other words, to be 'mild of temper; soft; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; yielding; given to forbearance under injuries.'
"He teaches us to be humble, or in other words, 'lowly; modest; meek; submissive; opposed to proud, haughty, arrogant, or assuming.’” - Juan Uceda, "He Teaches Us to Put Off the Natural Man,” Ensign (CR) October 2010
Jesus Christ is called the Prince of Peace (see
Christ’s promise is simple and sublime: “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” (John 14:27). Brothers and sisters, turmoil is raging all about us. Economies are in distress; families are struggling; we are living in, as President Hinckley has said, “perilous times” (“The Times in Which We Live,” Ensign, Nov. 2001, 72; Liahona, Jan. 2002, 83). But the living waters still offer peace and joy. When we live righteously, when we have done all we can do, one of the gifts we receive is confidence. The Lord tells us, “Be still and know that I am God” (D&C 101:16). In the midst of chaos, we must pause. We must listen for the Spirit that tells us, “All is well!” (“Come, Come, Ye Saints,” Hymns, no. 30) just as the early Saints had to do. There is cause to be concerned, but there is greater reason to be at peace. - Kathleen H. Hughes, “Blessed by Living Water,” Ensign (CR) May 2003
No matter what the reason, the solution to achieve peace is always the same: Turn to Christ; follow his example; repent of all transgressions. His command to the storm-tossed sea, “Peace, be still” (Mark 4:39), can also apply to his calming influence in our lives as we experience the buffetings of life’s storms. - Robert E. Wells, “Peace,” Ensign (CR) May 1991
Paul and others warned about the trials of our time and the days yet to come. But peace can be settled in the heart of each who turns to the scriptures and unlocks the promises of protection and redemption that are taught therein. We invite all to turn to the Savior Jesus Christ, to His teachings as found in the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. - Boyd K. Packer, “The Key to Spiritual Protection,” Ensign (CR) November 2013
We will find great joy in contemplating His life, and we will shortly realize that in truth all things do bear witness of Him. Furthermore, in the midst of our trials and challenges, we will find peace, knowing that in the end it will be all right. We will find serenity in the face of affliction. We will find this serenity in life even as chaos swirls around us. - L. Aldin Porter, “To Bear Testimony of Mine Only Begotten,” Ensign (CR) April 2001
Correct knowledge of and faith in the Lord empower us to hush our fears because Jesus Christ is the only source of enduring peace. He declared, “Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me” (D&C 19:23). - David A. Bednar, “Therefore They Hushed Their Fears,” Ensign (CR) April 2015
So with peace. It is not a thing by itself to be picked up casually; but it is the fruit of something precedent. Like the tree, something must be planted and nourished and cared for, if we are to obtain peace. - John A. Widtsoe, "Conference Report," October 1946, First Day-Morning Meeting, p.13
What price for peace? Power? "Power is never good except he be good that has it" The key to all our problems, to life itself, is God our Father. He is every man's first need. One writer has said: "Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown," and one replied, "Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God—that shall be better than a light and safer than a known way. - Thorpe B. Isaacson, "Conference Report," October 1958, Afternoon Meeting, p.67
Peace of mind, peace of conscience, and peace of heart are not determined by our ability to avoid trials, sorrow, or heartache. Despite our sincere pleas, not every storm will change course, not every infirmity will be healed, and we may not fully understand every doctrine, principle, or practice taught by prophets, seers, and revelators. Nevertheless, we have been promised peace—with a condition attached. - W. Christopher Waddell, “A Pattern for Peace,” Ensign (CR) May 2016
But, you may be thinking, even within the Church there are people who aren’t happy or people who are usually happy but who experience intermittent times of stress, worry, challenge, and discouragement. That, too, is part of the great plan of happiness. Mortality is a time of testing and trial, which means that there must be times when we feel pain and emotional discomfort. However, by patiently trusting in the eternal plan, we can experience daily happiness and have hope for “ever-after happiness.” – Colleen K. Menlove, “Living Happily Ever After,” Ensign (CR) May 2000
It matters not what our nationality, our race, our culture, our academic degree, or our political or social standing. We build security and strength in our lives by living the gospel. President Joseph Fielding Smith said: “And there is no cure for the ills of the world except the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our hope for peace, for temporal and spiritual prosperity, and for an eventual inheritance in the kingdom of God is found only in and through the restored gospel.” (“Counsel to the Saints and to the World,” Joseph Fielding Smith, Ensign, July 1972, p. 27.) – James A. Cullimore, “To Be in the World but Not of the World,” Ensign (CR) November 1973
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