Stance: Studies on the Family

Brigham Young University Student Journal

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How to Have Peace

Finding Peace?

In the constant, daily struggles of everyday life, it can be difficult to feel peace. Whether it’s an upcoming exam or worries about the future (family, career, etc.), feeling peace can seem impossible.

In Doctrine and Covenants 19:23, it tells us how we can individually have peace:

Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.

So how can we have peace?

  1. A person must learn of Christ.
  2. A person must listen to the words of Christ.
  3. A person must be meek.

This world is full of confusion and turmoil. There are wars; there are rumors of wars. There are murders and fighting, divorce and hatred, unkindness and theft. But the Gospel truly does offer peace to those willing to accept its teachings.

1. A person must learn of Christ.

Learning of Christ seems pretty straightforward. Sometimes actually learning of Christ is hard when we get busy with life. Studying the scriptures, the Word of God, will help all of us learn of Christ. Going to the temple brings us closer to him.

2. A person must listen to the words of Christ.

In Doctrine and Covenants 1:38, the Lord declares the following:

What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.

This scripture seems to prove that General Conference is extremely important. When apostles and prophets speak, it is what the Lord would have declared because they are his servants.

Last Sunday in sacrament meeting, my bishop talked about General Conference, which will be happening this weekend. He said that across the church, it is the least attended meeting by the members. I was shocked! General Conference is probably my favorite spiritual weekend every April and October.

Bishop Jackson told the members of my ward eight concepts that we would learn if we would listen to General Conference.

8 Concepts We Can Learn if We Listen to to General Conference

  1. The importance of remembering our covenants
  2. Our need to seek for eternal truth
  3. How we can avoid confusion/being misled
  4. Why we should resist evil
  5. The need to sustain one another
  6. The importance of attending church meetings
  7. The importance of guarding our virtue
  8. Why we should develop good qualities

President Monson

3. A person must be meek.

I know that as we listen to the words of the prophets, we must be meek. If we are meek, we will be more likely to accept what they have to say as truth. And if we accept the words of the prophets and apostles, then we will be more likely to implement their teachings into our lives. Being meek is not being weak—being meek will make us humble and stronger.

Post written by: Katie, Editor-in-Chief

Transformation by Fire: An Announcement of a New Temple

by Brittany Bruner

During General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I always look forward to the announcement of new temples for the Church, but it has never been a very personal experience for me. This Conference weekend, as I sat listening to President Thomas S. Monson announce the new temple sites for the Church, my heart almost stopped as he announced that the Provo Tabernacle would be built into a temple.

I experienced pure excitement at this unexpected announcement; never before had a temple been announced that would be built in such close proximity to where I grew up. I have attended church meetings in that building since I was very small. I remember hopping down Center Street with my sister, trying to avoid the cracks, as we made our way to the building. My whole family was able to fit on one row on the balcony. I marveled at the structure of the building—the carefully crafted stained glass, the polished wood, and the intricately designed pillars. Christmastime was my favorite time to go and my love for my family and my church grew as we sanghymns praising the birth of Christ as soft flakes of snow glittered outside.

There is a feeling of peace on that sacred land, and having the Tabernacle as a temple will be such an incredible blessing. It was in this building that I had the opportunity to hear from many Church leaders. My knowledge of the gospel has been strengthened there on so many different occasions. The fact that this building will now be available for individuals to be sealed to their families for time and all eternity is such a great blessing. It is amazing to me that despite the effects of a devastating fire, a beautiful, historic building is able to be built to further the work of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to bring families together.