Peace on Earth (3 Nephi 1:23)

“And it came to pass that Nephi went forth among the people, and also many others, baptizing unto repentance, in the which there was a great remission of sins. And thus the people began again to have peace in the land.” – 3 Nephi 1:23

Peace?! Do we want peace? Do we want peace in our communities, states, countries? In the world? Well, then the solution is really simple.

Be Righteous!

We cannot legislate ourselves into peace. Man’s laws cannot ensure or create peace. I’m not saying that they’re worthless. But that’s not the key. It’s not the secret. We can have laws passed, summits, treaties. But those are meaningless if the parties involved don’t honor and value the laws that were created.

Besides the fact that man’s law is pretty much meaningless anyway.

What I mean is, Man’s law is not what governs peace. Think of it scientifically. If we want to be able to fly, then we can’t just dream about flying. We can’t think of it in our own terms. We must understand the laws governing us (ie – gravity), and then figure out a way to apply gravity in such a way to get our desired result. We use gravity when we fly! We apply a force greater than gravity to gravity. We use speed and thrust to cause lift. And then we can fly.

Wishful thinking isn’t what gets us across an ocean in 6 hours.

Now, the same approach can be taken with peace. If we want peace in our homes, towns, communities, states, countries, hemispheres, and world; then we need to understand the laws that govern peace.

Peace is a result of righteous living. When we accept this fact and then live it, we will have peace. We will have joy. Pretty cool, huh?!

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“I’ll Pray for You” (Enos 1)

Lately, I’ve seen a sentiment gaining popularity. It’s usually in response to some kind of calamity. For example, after the terrorist attack in Orlando, people started saying, “Pray for Orlando.” The sentiment that followed, was, “Don’t pray for Orlando, Do something.”

I get a little frustrated when I see this kind of statement made. It makes me realize how much prayer is underestimated. Prayer works. Enos is a great example of this.

So – here’s what happens…

Enos Prays for Himself

While hunting, a man named Enos starts to think about the things that his father has told him “eternal life and the joy of the saints.” He must wrestle before God before he completely understands any of what his father teaches him.

So, he starts to pray. He prays for his own soul – that He will receive forgiveness.

The Lord answers:

“And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.” – Enos 1:5

The prayer doesn’t end here.

Enos Prays for his People

After feeling the joy that overcomes his soul when he repented of his sins, Enos’s thoughts start to turn outward. He begins to pray for his people.

“Now, it came to pass that when I had heard these words I began to feel a desire for the welfare of my brethren, the Nephites; wherefore, I did pour out my whole soul unto God for them.” – Enos 1:9

As Enos prays for his people, the Lord promises he will bless them.

The prayer still doesn’t end there.

Enos Prays for his Enemies

Enos shares:

“And after I, Enos, had heard these words, my faith began to be unshaken in the Lord; and I prayed unto him with many long strugglings for my brethren, the Lamanites*.” – Enos 1:11

* Keep in mind that the Lamanites were the enemies of the Nephites. They often warred and battled each other. The Lamanites regularly stole from and murdered the Nephites.

Yet, Enos prays for them. He prays for their welfare. His heart is full of love and compassion, for his enemies.

Prayer changed Enos’s heart.

Prayer is powerful. A speech, a physical threat, a gun can’t change a heart. But prayer can, and it consistently does.

Imagine if we were more like Enos. Imagine if all Americans (at the very least),

1) Would pray for Forgiveness

2) As we experienced this forgiveness, we were so filled with God’s love, that we prayed for our own people.

3) With unshaken faith in the Lord, we started to pray for the welfare of our enemies.

Imagine what our world would be like if, instead of busying ourselves or saying, “Do something” We would first pray. Imagine if we would change our hearts through the humbling practice of prayer. Imagine a world where we were praying for each other- truly and compassionately praying for each other!