But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
1. 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?
2. 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.
3. He answers privately,
Reaches my reaching
In my Gethsemane, Savior and Friend.
Gentle the peace he finds for my beseeching.
Constant he is and kind,
Love without end.
*Suitable for All Ages*
Before you begin, ask the group to think about what the following scripture teaches us about the principle of peace. Then, read aloud John 14:26-27:
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Ask: What does this scripture teach us about peace?
Read aloud: Peace is one of the promised blessings of the Holy Ghost. When we are filled with peace we are able to trust in God’s timing, endure hard trials, and focus on serving others. Peace also allows us to keep going forward; God wants us to progress as we find peace. Many times, when we think of peace, we think of rest or relaxation. While these are important, the peace God gives us provides the strength and fortitude we need to become like him and continue progressing towards our eternal exaltation.
Ask: Is there a time in your life when the Holy Ghost has brought you peace?
After sharing personal experiences, have everyone go through the scripture in John and ponder how the principles in that scripture can bring them peace. For example, how does remembering bring you peace? Then come together and share your thoughts by asking the following question.
Ask: How can we find peace through the Holy Ghost?
Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony of the role of the Holy Ghost in your life.
This lesson was inspired by President Henry B. Eyring’s talk, “My Peace I Leave with You.”
-1 bag of microwave popcorn (full sized, not snack)
-15 purple candy melts*
-15 pink candy melts*
-15 white candy melts*
-sprinkles in spring colors
-Peanut M&Ms in pastel colors (or M&Ms of choice)
*feel free to mix up the colors a bit.
- Pop the popcorn, then separate into two large bowls. Try and remove the unpopped kernels.
- Place the candy melts in small bowls, one for each color.
- Microwave the purple candy for 40 seconds then stir, repeat in 20 second intervals until melted and smooth. (takes 1-1½ minutes dependent on melt brand and your microwave).
- Drizzle over one of the bowls of popcorn, use a silicone spatula to ensure you get all the chocolate candy melt out. Toss the popcorn with your hands until well coated. Leave to cool.
- Repeat above process with pink candy melts.
- Once the pastel chocolate has set on the popcorn, mix the two colors together, then spread out on a large platter.
- Melt the white candy melts and drizzle over the platter of popcorn, immediately top generously with candy sprinkles. They will adhere to the melted white chocolate candy.
- Add the M&Ms and serve.
(Courtesy of blommi.com)
For this activity, you’ll need rocks (gathered up outside or bought at a store) that have been rinsed off and dried, paintbrushes, and paint. Tell everyone to think of a time when they felt peace through Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. Then, have them write a single word or phrase on the rock that brings that time to remembrance. They can simply write the word or decorate the whole rock. They can make as many as they’d like. Have them keep the rocks in a basket in their room or someplace they can see it. When they need peace, they can look at the rocks and remember how Christ brought them peace.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.