“A Still Voice of Perfect Mildness” – Helaman 5:30

The voice which spoke to the Lamanites who had cast two missionaries into prison “was not a voice of thunder, neither was it a voice of a great tumultuous noise.” The earth and the walls of the prison shook as the voice spoke, indicating that the speaker had great power. But the voice itself “was a still voice of perfect mildness, as if it had been a whisper” (Helaman 5:30-31). 

It was the voice of God. When they understood the words, they heard Him speaking of His Son:

Peace, peace be unto you, because of your faith in my Well Beloved, who was from the foundation of the world (Helaman 5:47).

President Russell M. Nelson has reminded us that, when Heavenly Father speaks, “He communicates simply, quietly, and with such stunning plainness that we cannot misunderstand Him.” His words can calm our souls and bring us peace, even in the midst of uncertainty and fear (“Hear Him,” General Conference, April 2020).

In the Book of Proverbs, we read, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).

Today, I will strive to be more like my Heavenly Father by speaking with a quiet voice, a gentle voice, a voice of mildness.

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