What is the definition of peace? I recently watched General Conference (a conference for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”) and was impressed by one of the talks by a member of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Quentin L. Cook, who spoke on peace. He said the peace that he was talking about was “not a temporary tranquility” rather, he said, “[peace] is an abiding deep happiness and spiritual contentment” (Conference Report, April, 2013).
How Can I Have Peace?
About two years ago, I went through one of the hardest trials I have faced in mortality. It was one of those that you feel like the whole world is crashing down on you. The issue has yet to be resolved; but my heart has. How? I found solace not by buying expensive jewelry or seeking power, but by drawing nearer to my Savior Jesus Christ through prayer, scripture study, and service. I testify that as I sought Him, I felt the Holy Ghost comforting me–in ways that no ungodly source could ever offer. In what I felt was a critical moment of my life, I felt the Prince of Peace surrounding me, lighting my soul, in a situation that at first felt ever so dark and lonely. These heavenly words from Mormon scripture describe the peace that entered my broken heart, “Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you” (Doctrine and Covenants 68:6). I will always remember how I felt the moment that this peace changed my despair to hope.
Elder Cook went on to say in his talk on peace:
Many search for peace in worldly ways, which never have, and never will succeed. Peace is not found by obtaining great wealth, power, or prominence. Peace is not found in the pursuit of pleasure, entertainment, or leisure. None of these can, even when obtained in abundance, create any lasting happiness or peace.
Since those pursuits don’t provide peace, we must go to the true source–Jesus Christ. Elder Cook also said in this April 2013 Mormon General Conference that, “Humbling ourselves before God, praying always, repenting of sin, entering the waters of baptism with a broken heart and contrite spirit, and becoming true disciples of Jesus Christ are examples of the righteousness that is rewarded by abiding peace.” Sometimes situations are truly out of our control, and seem to be out of control entirely. The only way for enabling peace, amidst the grossest of trials, is through submitting ourselves to our Savior, in order that He might strengthen us through His redemptive power. Our Heavenly Father does not delight in our being stricken with sorrow, but He does know that as we go through hard things, we are being made strong in order that we can become like Him. We have a limited view of eternity and cannot see how each situation we are in is truly shaping and defining us in order to fill our divine potential. The Mormon apostle continued:
The Savior is the source true peace. Even with the trials of life because of the Savior’s atonement and grace, righteous living will be rewarded with personal peace. In the intimate setting of the Passover chamber, the Savior promised His apostles that they would be blessed with the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost. And then uttered these important words, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you” (Holy Bible: John 14:27). Then just before His intercessory prayer, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (Holy Bible: John 16:33).
I testify that peace is possible regardless of our current life’s circumstance—and it is all made possible because of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace. I know that the words spoken in the LDS General Conference are true, and that this Mormon apostle, Elder Quentin L. Cook, is called of God, to teach the word of God as one of Christ’s special witnesses.
You may be wondering, “is this peace really possible for me?” I know that the popular media of the world would tell you that there is no peace, except when found in worldly pursuits. But I know from first hand experience that you can have real and abiding peace through the Prince of Peace, who is the Lord Jesus Christ; and you can have that peace right now. How? Get down on your knees, and plea with God the Eternal Father that you might feel His love, and that your soul might be filled with peace.
I invite you to read the Book of Mormon and learn more of Jesus Christ and his teachings of peace in this life and in the hereafter.
This article was written by Ashley Bell, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ashley Bell is a 22-year old wife, mother, BYU graduate, and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ashley loves to run, cook, garden, read, and most of all spend time with family and friends.