Peace on Earth
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“Peace on Earth,” Friend, Dec. 1998, 3

A Christmas Message from the First Presidency to the Children of the World:
“Peace on Earth”

Throughout this wonderful Christmas season, we often hear the words “Peace on earth,” which is a reminder to us of the message delivered by the heavenly hosts to the humble shepherds at the time of our Savior’s birth in Bethlehem (see Luke 2:13–14).

The great message of peace which the angels proclaimed that night so long ago is the message which we declare at this Christmas season. “Peace on earth” can come to each of us because of Jesus Christ and His love for each of us.

Peace comes to us as we follow our Savior by being kind to others, obeying parents, praying each day, reading the scriptures, and trying to be more like Jesus in thought, word, and deed.

And as the Savior calmed the “great storm” on the Sea of Galilee with the words “Peace, be still” (see Mark 4:37–39), so He will calm our hearts and give us peace as we trust in Him and do what He has asked us to do.

At this Christmastime, we bear testimony of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world. We testify that through Him we may have the peace which was declared at His birth. May His peace be in your hearts and in your homes this Christmas.

With love,
The First Presidency

Painting by Robert T. Barrett