April’s Theme: Prince of Peace

April 3, 2017

“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.”

Just one day before he was to be crucified, the Savior’s parting message to his disciples was centered on peace. I wonder how the apostles felt hearing His words? I imagine it must have been so comforting, as they grappled with the fact that they would be losing their master. I wonder if the Savior’s invitation to put aside fear and worry surprised them. Or perhaps they already knew that His peace surpassed any peace of the world, for didn’t he have power to calm the storm? Didn’t he walk on water?

Hundreds of years before, Isaiah had given the Savior the title “The Prince of Peace.” How we need that peace today! It is likely that every person reading this is seeking some kind of peace, whether troubled by sin, the loss of a loved one, financial challenges, job uncertainty, political unrest, health problems, struggles in marriages and families, or for any other reason.

We need peace. We need the Prince of Peace.

This month at The Small Seed we will be focusing on peace, and more specifically The Prince of Peace, and want to add our witness with Isaiah (and every other prophet before or since) that the only way to lasting peace is by coming unto Him.

As we focus on peace this month we have a few initiatives that we’re excited to share!

  • The Prince of Peace Campaign. For the 8 days of the Holy Week, we will be participating in the Prince of Peace campaign, andfocusing on 8 principles of peace. You can find out all about the broader campaign here, and participate with us by sharing your own stories and experiences with peace on your own social media channels, and tagging us and #PrinceofPeace, and we’ll share your posts with our community during the week of April 9-16! Also to help you track the initiative with your family, we’re grateful for designer Melanie Burk, who has created a free downloadable calendar for you to hang and use to follow along with the Prince of Peace campaign! She’s also created two free gorgeous prints for you to download and use, find it all by clicking on the button below! Thank you Melanie!

  • Weekly Devotionals! After our Instagram Live in January, we’ve been thinking and praying about how to bring more live content to you! This month we’re going to kick off live devotionals, and one night each week a member of our team will be leading a short devotional on Instagram Live, followed by a discussion about the posts from the week followed by a short Q&A. Stay tuned on Instagram and Facebook to chime in on times and what you want to cover!
  • The Study Guide is back!After missing a month of our study guide, it’s back for April! Thanks for your patience last month, and we’re excited to help you dig back in the scriptures as we focus on peace this month!
  • We’ve got an amazing Family Lesson coming your way, with a journey through the Holy Week. We can’t wait to share it with you!!

We can’t wait to dig into this month’s content, and are so grateful you’re here. We hope you always feel peace as you spend time with us at The Small Seed.

With Love,

The Small Seed Team

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  • Reply Rebecca Petersen April 3, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    This is wonderful, I am so excited about it! When will the Study Guide for April be available? Thank you so much for what you do!

  • Reply Amy Call April 3, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Ohhh you’ve posted my most favorite scripture that goes along with my most favorite insight from Elder Holland. He says: “I submit to you, that may be one of the Savior’s commandments that is, even in the hearts of otherwise faithful Latter-day Saints, almost universally disobeyed; and yet I wonder whether our resistance to this invitation could be any more grievous to the Lord’s merciful heart…I am convinced that none of us can appreciate how deeply it wounds the loving heart of the Savior of the world when he finds that his people do not feel confident in his care or secure in his hands or trust in his commandments.” I have this hand written on a very worn piece of paper in my scriptures to always remind me that he has commanded us to not let our hearts be troubled…to have His peace in our lives. Can’t wait to study and learn with you this month! xoxoxo

  • Reply Lindsay April 8, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Thank you for your work putting these study guides together. I have enjoyed having a way to focus my gospel study each month and I know that these are a lot of work for your team to put together. I was wondering where I can get a print of the picture of Christ that is shown with Melanie Burk’s downloads in the photo above? It is beautiful!

  • Reply Kami Seamons September 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I have also been wondering where we would be able to get a print of the picture of Christ that is shown above. It’s amazing. Would love to know who the artist is or who to contact? Thank you!

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