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Bishop W. Christopher Waddell, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, speaks April 3 during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“The peace we all seek requires more than a desire. It requires us to act … by learning of Him, by listening to His words and by walking with Him,” said Bishop W. Christopher Waddell, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, during the Sunday morning session of general conference on April 3.

Peace can be found even during trials. Because of Christ there can be happiness and hope, and people do not need to fear, said Bishop Waddell. In John 16:33 Christ states, “In me ye might have peace.” Faith in Christ and His Atonement is the first principle, “and the foundation upon which our hope,” for peace in this life and for eternal life in the next, is assembled.

Bishop Waddell shared that temples are where “we learn of Jesus Christ and His role in the Father’s plan, as Creator of this world, as our Savior and Redeemer and as the source of our peace.” It is in the temples that saving ordinances are performed, including the sealing ordinance that binds families together now and for eternity, he said. All of the sacred ordinances in the temple are made possible because of Jesus Christ.

“Those who choose to listen, and give heed to the words of the Lord, as delivered through His prophets, will find safety and peace,” he said. There is safety by following the prophet, but like the righteous in Lehi’s dream of the tree of life, people must continually partake of the words of the Lord in order to find safety. “Our commitment to the Lord and His servants cannot be a part-time commitment,” declared Bishop Waddell. “As we listen to the Lord through His authorized servants, we stand in holy places and cannot be moved.”

Finally, no matter how far away from the Savior “we may wander … [He] invites us to return and walk with Him.” Christ wants us to use His Atonement in our lives. “It is an invitation to observe and apply His great atoning sacrifice,” said Bishop Waddell. As the infinite and individual healing powers of the Atonement are applied, peace will come.

In conclusion, Bishop Waddell said that “only through Him can we obtain true peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come.”

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