Turning to the Savior to find inner peace

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

President James E. Faust likened our earthly lives to the tending of a personal garden. Oftentimes, these beautiful rows of flowers are bombarded by dangerous elements such as pollutants, harmful chemicals, or even dangerous toxins within the soil that destroy life. As humans, we too face powerful destructive elements that can kill the soul.

Alan Hall

Editor's note: Alan Hall, a stake president, shared a message to women in Roy North Utah Stake titled "A message to women: Ways to help find a pathway to peace." This is also a based on a talk originally given to the members of the Roy North Utah Stake and he continues on the same topic.

Creating an increased inner peace, especially, in these turbulent times, includes asking God to change our hearts and remove our destructive habits and inviting him to take our heavy burdens and heal our pierced hearts.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelves shares how the Savior can help heal and bring peace in his talk "None Were with Him" from the April 2009 general conference: “Brothers and sisters, my Easter-season message today is intended for everyone, but it is directed in a special way to those who are alone or feel alone or, worse yet, feel abandoned. These might include those longing to be married, those who have lost a spouse, and those who have lost — or have never been blessed with — children. Our empathy embraces wives forsaken by their husbands… or (parents) out of work, afraid the fear in (their) eyes will be visible to (their children)… To all such, I speak of the loneliest journey ever made and the unending blessings it brought to all. I speak of the Savior’s solitary task of shouldering alone the burden of our salvation...

“Now I speak very carefully… I speak of those final moments for which Jesus must have been prepared intellectually and physically but which he may not have fully anticipated emotionally and spiritually — that concluding descent into the paralyzing despair of divine withdrawal when He cries in ultimate loneliness, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’

“With all the conviction of my soul I testify that he did please his Father perfectly and that a perfect Father did not forsake his son in that hour. Indeed, it is my personal belief that in all of Christ’s mortal ministry the Father may never have been closer to his son than in these agonizing final moments of suffering.

“Nevertheless, that the supreme sacrifice of his son might be as complete as it was voluntary and solitary, the Father briefly withdrew from Jesus the comfort of his Spirit, the support of his personal presence. It was required, indeed it was central to the significance of the Atonement, that this perfect son who had never spoken ill nor done wrong nor touched an unclean thing had to know how the rest of humankind — all of us — would feel (during our mortal lives)...

“One of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so… Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are. Truly the Redeemer of us all said: ' I will not leave you comfortless: (My Father and) I will come to you (and abide with you)'."

As I’ve considered this talk on the Savior, the words from the hymn "Where Can I Turn for Peace?" (see "Hymns," No. 129) come to my mind. The lyrics are beautiful and convey exactly the point I am trying to make:

Where can I turn for peace?

Where is my solace?

When other sources cease to make me whole?

When with a wounded heart, anger or malice,

I draw myself apart,

Searching my soul.

Where, when my aching grows, where, when I languish,

Where, in my need to know, where can I run?

Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish?

Who, who can understand?

He, only One.

He answers privately,

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