“Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.”
Doctrine and Covenants 19:23
Jesus Christ is the center of our religion. He is the leader and founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and this is why his name is bolded in every church building. He is the Lord, Son of God, the Great Shepherd, the Messiah, and the Lamb of God.
In this scripture, our Lord is asking three things: to learn of him, listen to his words, and walk in the meekness of his Spirit.
Every week, we have an opportunity to learn of Jesus Christ. Church meetings are a setting where we can discover the doctrine of the Church, and even if we have already learned what is being taught, the Holy Ghost can dwell in our souls and purify our spirits.
The scriptures are the Word of God, and as we read, study, and teach the scriptures, we are listening to the word of our Savior. Additionally, listening to the Spirit is listening to Jesus Christ, for we are taught through that medium.
Finally, the most important commandment in this scripture: walk in the meekness of my Spirit. Meekness means “submission.” Now, this is definitely an unpopular trait in our modern day. People strive for power and dominion over others, and wish to be subjected to no one. But Jesus asks us to be as meek as he was. In his death, he could have flown off that cross and easily defeated the Roman soldiers; his power was more than sufficient. However, because his duty was to endure everything that we would go through, temporal and spiritual death was necessary. He was completely meek to our Father In Heaven, who commanded him to go through what was sufficient to triumph over death. There is no greater example of meekness, and therefore he is our example.
Doing these three commandments with our might will grant us “peace in [him].” Isn’t that what we strive for in this life? Peace in Jesus Christ is the greatest peace that we can ever wish for. Thus, to gain what we want most, learn of him, listen to his words, and walk in the meekness of his Spirit.
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