Four times in the book of 4 Nephi, we read that there was no contention among the people the Savior had visited on the American continent following His death and resurrection.
- In AD 35 (2 years following His visit): “There were no contentions and disputations among them, and every man did deal justly one with another” (4 Nephi 1:2).
- More than two decades later, sometime after AD 58: “There was no contention among all the people, in all the land” (4 Nephi 1:13).
- About twenty years later, sometime after AD 78: “There was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people” (4 Nephi 1:15).
- Decades later, in AD 110: “The first generation from Christ had passed away, and there was no contention in all the land” (4 Nephi 1:18).
What a remarkable influence the Savior had on this group of people! The impact of His visit was transgenerational: even after the people who had personally met Him were no longer alive, the positive cultural changes persisted.
What would it be like to live in a society with no contention? Marriages and family relationships would be strong. Prosperity would come naturally because transactions would be simpler. Stress and anxiety would be reduced as people came to rely on the goodwill and generosity of the people around them.
We don’t live in a society like that, but we can each do our part to increase the amount of unity and kindness in the world. President Russell M. Nelson said:
It is my prayer and blessing that I leave upon all who are listening that we may overcome any burdens of prejudice and walk uprightly with God—and with one another—in perfect peace and harmony.“Building Bridges,” New Era, Aug. 2018, 6; Liahona, Dec. 2018, 51; emphasis added. Quoted in Sharon Eubank, “By Union of Feeling We Obtain Power with God,” General Conference, October 2020
Today, I will do what I can to reduce contention. I will strive to live—and to help others live—in peace and harmony with each other.