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United Nations Observes International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on September 21. It is a time to “commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace.” Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints understand the deep and varied meanings of peace as they study the words of Jesus Christ. He taught, “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).

The formula is simple. True and lasting peace is found in following the example of Jesus Christ. It starts within individuals and spreads outward to all.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has stated: “Follow the example of Jesus Christ in how we treat each other. Have compassion and empathy for all. Find peace by promoting peace” (“President Uchtdorf Calls for Peace at German National Day of Remembrance Celebration,” Nov. 18, 2015).

The 2017 Peace Day theme is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” (#jointogether). Jesus exemplified these ideals during His lifetime — He ate with the publicans and sinners, He healed the sick and the lame, He showed mercy to the woman taken in adultery, and He taught the Samaritan woman at the well. In today’s world, there is much work to be done to foster a culture of peace and safety.

The Church strives to help all people feel welcome and reaches out to all who seek peace. For those who feel alone or apart; who struggle with doubts; who are experiencing personal, economic or social turmoil; whose family life is far from ideal or who are simply seeking belonging, Mormons extend a hand of love and acceptance.

When individuals join together for peace, respect, inclusion and love, they join together with the Saviour. Together, peace truly becomes alive and living within hearts, within homes, within communities and within the world.

President Russell M. Nelson of the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles once expressed this thought: “As individuals, we should ‘follow after the things which make for peace.’ We should be personal peacemakers” (“Blessed Are the Peacemakers,” Oct. 2002 general conference).


Contributed by Janine Thompson

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