Peace, Peace Be unto You – Helaman 5:46-47

46 And it came to pass that there came a voice unto them, yea, a pleasant voice, as if it were a whisper, saying:
47 Peace, peace be unto you, because of your faith in my Well Beloved, who was from the foundation of the world.

The Holy Ghost speaks peace to our souls (Alma 58:11). Maybe this is why His voice is still and small. How could He bring peace into our hearts if He spoke loudly or with agitation. When we open our hearts to His voice, we will feel the peace which the Savior promised to His disciples in John 14:27. This peace is not the absence of adversity but the absence of anxiety, fear, and inner turmoil. It is a calm which enables us to keep our composure and act wisely in the face of challenges which would otherwise induce panic and cause us to act irrationally.
As Elder Gary A Stevenson taught us in the most recent general conference:

Unexpected events in all our lives cause sadness, pain, and disappointment. Yet, amid these trials, the Holy Ghost serves us in one of His important roles—as Comforter, which is actually one of His names (“How Does the Holy Ghost Help You?” General Conference, April 2017).

The Holy Ghost can give us peace as we pass through major tragedies and cataclysmic events, such as the earthquake and cloud of darkness which the Lamanites were experiencing in the passage above when they heard the calming voice of the Spirit of the Lord. However, the Holy Ghost can also comfort us during our smaller trials: the disappointments, inconveniences, and challenges which we all experience every day. As our Comforter, He can help us maintain our balance as we pass through choppy waters by giving us peace in our hearts.
Today, I will listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, particularly when I encounter adversity. I will remember that the Lord’s peace is available to all those who hear His voice, even when they are in unpleasant circumstances. I will open my heart and receive the peace my Father in Heaven desires to give me through the Holy Ghost.

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