Quotes on Peace

See also: Moroni 4:3  

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. . . .

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) — Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, General Conference, April 1991

Peace can prevail only when that natural inclination to fight is superseded by self-determination to live on a loftier level. — Elder Russell M. Nelson, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers,” Ensign, November 2002, p. 39

Peace does not come from a lack of problems, disruptions, and difficulties.  Peace comes from knowing that one’s life is in harmony with the will of God. — Marleen Eggett Williams, “The Gospel of Relationships,” BYU Devotional, May 4, 2004

You cannot find peace by avoiding life. –Virginia Woolf

Though the world may be filled with distress, and the heavens gather blackness, and the vivid lightnings flash, and the earth quake from center to circumference, if we know that God lives, and our lives are righteous, we will be happy, there will be peace unspeakable because we know our Father approves our lives.

May the Lord have us in His keeping; may we live worthy of His love day by day and overcome the temptations of life, and, when the time comes for us to go home, may we be gathered with our dear ones on the other side, and there receive the welcome plaudit from the Master of heaven and earth:  Well done, my children, come home and enjoy eternal life and continued progress throughout all eternity. — President George Albert Smith, Conference Report, October 1915, p. 28

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. — Jimi Hendrix

Thrust a man into prison and bind him with chains, and then let him be filled with the comfort and with the glory of eternity, and that prison is a palace to him.  Again, let a man be seated upon a throne with power and dominion in this world, ruling his millions and millions, and without that peace which flows from the Lord of Hosts – without that contentment and joy that comes from heaven, his palace is a prison; his life is a burden to him; he lives in fear, in dread, and in sorrow.  But when a person is filled with the peace and power of God, all is right with him. — Brigham Young, remarks in the Bowery, July 5, 1857; Journal of Discourses 5:1-2

Like those who were alive at the time of His mortal ministry, there are some among us who look for physical peace and prosperity as signs of the Savior’s wondrous power.  We sometimes fail to understand that the everlasting peace Jesus promises is an inner peace, born in faith, anchored by testimony, nurtured with love, and expressed through continual obedience and repentance.  It is a peace of spirit that echoes through the heart and the soul.  If one truly knows and experiences this inner peace, there is no fear from worldly disharmony or discord.  One knows deep down inside that all is well as far as the things that really matter are concerned. — Elder M. Russell Ballard, “The Peaceable Things of the Kingdom,” Ensign, May 2002, p. 87

There is no peace in sin.  There may be ease, popularity, fame, and even prosperity, but there is no peace.  “Wickedness never was happiness” (Alma 41:10).  (President Gordon B. Hinckley) — Elder M. Russell Ballard, “The Peaceable Things of the Kingdom,” Ensign, May 2002, p. 88

In every home, neighborhood, and community, we ought to strive for peace and never be party to stirring up contention or division. — Elder M. Russell Ballard, “The Peaceable Things of the Kingdom,” Ensign, May 2002, p. 88

“In the world ye shall have tribulation . . . but in me ye shall have peace” (John 16:33).  Peace – real peace, whole-souled to the very core of your being – comes only in and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. . . . ”He who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world. . .” (D&C 59:23). — Elder M. Russell Ballard, “The Peaceable Things of the Kingdom,” Ensign, May 2002, p. 88

For over fifty years, I have heard the leaders of this Church preach that peace can only come through the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I am coming to understand why.

The peace the gospel brings is not just the absence of war.  It is the opposite of war. Gospel peace is the opposite of any conflict, armed or unarmed.  It is the opposite of national or ethnic hostilities, of civil or family strife.

In the midst of World War I, President Joseph F. Smith declared,  “For years it has been held that peace comes only by preparation for war; the present conflict should prove that peace comes only by preparing for peace, through training the people in righteousness and justice, and selecting rulers who respect the righteous will of the people. . . .

“There is only one thing that can bring peace into the world.  It is the adoption of the gospel of Jesus Christ, rightly understood, obeyed and practiced by rulers and people alike.”  (Improvement Era, Sept. 1914, pp. 1074–75)

A generation later, during the savage hostilities of World War II, President David O. McKay declared, “Peace will come and be maintained only through the triumph of the principles of peace, and by the consequent subjection of the enemies of peace, which are hatred, envy, ill-gotten gain, the exercise of unrighteous dominion of men.  Yielding to these evils brings misery to the individual, unhappiness to the home, war among nations.” (Gospel Ideals, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1953, p. 280)

Such has been the message of the prophets in all ages. — Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “World Peace,” Ensign, May 1990, p. 71

The only way to build a peaceful community is to build men and women who are lovers and makers of peace.  Each individual, by that doctrine of Christ and His Church, holds in his own hands the peace of the world.

That makes me responsible for the peace of the world, and makes you individually responsible for the peace of the world.  The responsibility cannot be shifted to someone else.  It cannot be placed upon the shoulders of Congress or Parliament, or any other organization of men with governing authority. — Elder John A. Widtsoe, Conference Report, October 1943, p. 113

I pray God that this spirit may especially enter into the hearts of this people, that they may strive for peace among themselves, that peace may dwell in their own hearts and houses, that peace may exist between neighbors, that peace, goodwill, love and union may characterize the associations of members of the Church with their fellow members, and that there may be no contention among them, nor strife, nor bitterness, nor back-sliding, nor back-biting, nor complaint of any description, but that peace on earth and good will to men may pervade the hearts and minds of all the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and that from them this spirit of peace and love for God and for our fellow man may go out into the world, as far as we have power to send it forth through the elders of the Church and otherwise, that men may hear the good tidings and receive them in their hearts, obey the truth, and join the ranks of the peaceful, of the peace-loving, of the peace-makers, of the God-fearing, and of the God-loving people that all Latter-day Saints should be, in every part of the world. — President Joseph F. Smith, Conference Report, October 1914, pp.19-20

A knowledge of God is the key to peace in the hearts of men and nations on this earth, as much as it is the key to eternal life in the world beyond the grave.  Because the knowledge of God is of such great importance, He has revealed Himself time and again through the ages past.  Men are, therefore, not justified in their continued ignorance of Him. — President Marion G. Romney, Conference Report, April 1970

While anguishing over the wickedness and lack of faith among so many in his home area, the Savior voiced his prayer of gratitude for the humble and plain people who did hear his teachings and did believe.  These lowly learners needed him, and they needed his message.  They demonstrated that the humble, the needy, and the sorrowing would hear the word of God and cherish it.  With reassurance to these new believers and concern for those not choosing to follow him, Christ issued a profound invitation in what Elder James E. Talmage has appropriately called “one of the grandest outpourings of spiritual emotion known to man.”  (Jesus the Christ, 3d ed., Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1916, p. 258)  These are the words of the Master used in making this appeal:

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”  “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28-30) — President Howard W. Hunter, “Come unto Me,” Ensign, November 1990, p. 17

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. — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Peaceable Things of the Kingdom,” Ensign, November 1996, p. 83

And so when one or two of these men have asked me at different times, What will we do to bring peace?  I said, “My brother, you’re living in the days that the scripture referred to where it says that in the latter days the wisdom of their wise men shall perish.” I want you to get that, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.  That’s what’s the matter with the world today.  So many of them have forsaken their Heavenly Father, that they have brought upon us an uncertainty and a fear.  And again these men would ask, ˜Well, what can we do about it?” I said to them you can legislate until doomsday, and it will not make men and women righteous.  The desire to honor God and keep his commandments on the part of the individual is our only hope. — President George Albert Smith, 1950 Devotional

The Book of Mormon teaches about two basic kinds of peace: civil and spiritual. Civil peace, which is the absence of physical and social conflict, was much desired and sought after by the righteous peoples described in the Book of Mormon.  Of even greater value, however, is the spiritual peace or “peace of conscience” that is granted to faithful individuals by the Holy Ghost through application of the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Peace originates in Christ and comes from and because of Christ.  And it is imperative that we remember, brothers and sisters, it is His peace which He gives unto us. — Elder David A. Bednar, BYU-Idaho Education Week Devotional, June 24, 2004

Without question, we need to be informed of the happenings of the world.  But modern communication brings into our homes a drowning cascade of the violence and misery of the worldwide human race.  There comes a time when we need to find some peaceful spiritual renewal.  I acknowledge with great gratitude the peace and contentment we can find for ourselves in the spiritual cocoons of our homes, our sacrament meetings, and our holy temples.  In these peaceful environments, our souls are rested.  We have the feeling of having come home. — President James E. Faust, “Gratitude As a Saving Principle,” Ensign, May 1990, p. 86

Where is there safety in the world today?  Safety can’t be won by tanks and guns and the airplanes and atomic bombs.  There is only one place of safety and that is within the realm of the power of Almighty God that he gives to those who keep his commandments and listen to his voice, as he speaks through the channels that he has ordained for that purpose. . . .

Peace be with you, not the peace that comes from the legislation in the halls of congress, but the peace that comes in the way that the Master said, by overcoming all the things of the world.  That God may help us so to understand and may you know that I know with a certainty that defies all doubt that this is his work, that he is guiding us and directing us today, as he has done in every dispensation of the gospel. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, pp. 212-13

When earth life is over and things appear in their true perspective, we shall more clearly see and realize what the Lord and his prophets have repeatedly told us, that the fruits of the gospel are the only objectives worthy of life’s full efforts.  Their possessor obtains true wealth – wealth in the Lord’s view of values.  We need constantly to design our understandings and sharpen our realization of what the fruits of the gospel are.

The Lord has defined them as: “. . . peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.”  (D&C 59:23)

It is a bit difficult to define the “peace in this world” referred to in the revelation.  But we may be assured that it is not the ease, luxury, and freedom from struggle envisioned by the world’s utopian dreamers.  Jesus told his apostles that it would be found by them even in their days of tribulation.

“Peace I leave with you,” he said, “. . . my peace I give unto you.”

And then, by way of caution, it seems to me, he added: “. . . not as the world giveth, give I unto you.” (Jn 14:27)

A little later he re-emphasized this statement in these words:  “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation.” (Jn 16:33) — President Marion G. Romney, “Fruits of the Gospel,” General Conference, 1 October 1949

Let us so live that the spirit of our religion will live within us, then we have peace, joy, happiness and contentment, which makes for pleasant fathers, pleasant mothers, pleasant  children, pleasant households, neighbors, communities and cities.  That is worth living for, and I do think that the Latter-day Saints ought to strive for this. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 15:135

Inner peace comes only as we maintain the integrity of truth in all aspects of our lives. — Elder Russell M. Nelson, General Conference, October 2012