Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Here are the steps to doing a word study followed by a sample word study on PEACEMAKER:

1 - Select a word to focus on.

2 - Look it up in the Webster 1828 dictionary. It can be found online, here.  Select the definition for your focus (sometimes there is more than one definition)

3 - Underline key words that stand out to you and define them if you don't know what they mean.

4 - Looking at how the word is used in Conference addresses. (Not in general quotes or other articles, at least for this purpose...) "Words of the Wise"

5 - Looking at how the word is used in the scriptures.

6 - Rewrite the definition in your own words.

7 - Write a short paragraph about how you will apply what you learned.


Word Study on PEACEMAKER

PE'ACEMAKER, n. One who makes peace by reconciling parties that are at variance.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Matt.5.

I.  Words of the Wise

"Have you ever wondered how you could be a peacemaker? I would like to mention a few possibilities. Really, our opportunities are unlimited. Certainly in our homes, as well as elsewhere, we can all be peacemakers by exhibiting love and goodwill, thus offsetting the evil of contention, envy, and jealousy. Where misunderstandings exist between children and parents we can encourage adjustments on the part of both. We can pray together for the spirit of peace. Homes can be seriously disrupted because of family strife. At times, husbands and wives in an atmosphere of contention destroy their own happiness as well as that of their children."

"Happily I am seeing more and more skillful peacemakers who calm troubled waters before harm is done. You could be one of those peacemakers, whether you are in the conflict or an observer. One way I have seen it done is to search for anything on which we agree. To be that peacemaker, you need to have the simple faith that as children of God, with all our differences, it is likely that in a strong position we take, there will be elements of truth. The great peacemaker, the restorer of unity, is the one who finds a way to help people see the truth they share. That truth they share is always greater and more important to them than their differences. You can help yourself and others to see that common ground if you ask for help from God and then act. He will answer your prayer to help restore peace, as He has mine."
---HENRY B. EYRING Oct 2008

"In Romania I met Raluca, a 17-year-old young woman who had recently joined the Church. Her baptism was a happy event because, among other things, her whole family attended. Her mother and sister felt the Spirit there and wanted to have the missionary discussions too. This concerned the father, for he felt he was losing all of his family to this unfamiliar church. So he did not allow it, and for a time there was a feeling of discord in their family. However, Raluca remembered that she had made a baptismal covenant to take upon her the name of Jesus Christ. She tried to hold up His light by doing in her home the things He would do. She was a peacemaker. She was an example. She was a teacher. She was a healer. Eventually her father’s heart softened, and he allowed the others to learn more about the Church. Then they too were baptized. And finally, much to everyone’s joy, the father of the family also joined the Church. At his baptism he spoke and said that for a time their family had been as two hearts beating at a different rhythm in the same household. But now they were of one faith and one baptism, with their hearts knit together in unity and love. He gave thanks to the missionaries and members who had helped them. Then he paid a special tribute to his daughter Raluca for being so Christlike in their home during that difficult period, for being the peacemaker, the healer, the teacher, the example, and the light that eventually brought their entire family to the Church of Jesus Christ."
--- SUSAN W. TANNER Apr 2006

"Sometimes being benevolent is most difficult in our own families. Strong families require effort. Be cheerful, helpful, and considerate of others. Many problems in the home are created because family members speak and act selfishly or unkindly. Concern yourself with the needs of other family members. Seek to be a peacemaker rather than to tease, fight, and quarrel. Remember this: 'kindness begins with me.'"
--- MARY N. COOK Apr 2011

II. Scriptures

Matthew 5:9 & 3 Nephi 12:9
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."

Psalms 133:1
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"

Ephesians 4:3
"Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

Mosiah 18:21
"And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another."

III.  My definition

My definition of PEACEMAKER is anyone who makes peace, restores unity and offsets contention. A peacemaker is someone who seeks love and goodwill holding up the light of Christ and doing all the He would do. Being a peacemaker requires effort. It requires a resolve to concern ourselves with the needs of others first and ask for God's help so that our hearts can be knit together in unity and love.

  1. Application

I can and should always strive to be a peacemaker and make peace , especially in my home where Satan is trying to destroy my family through contention, selfishness, unkindness, teasing, fighting and quarreling. As a mom, if I have the spirit of contention I can destroy the peace of not only myself, but also of my children. I must always remember that “Kindness begins with me!”

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