Writing Peace in Christ – the 2018 Mutual Theme Song

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“When there’s no peace on earth, there is peace in Christ…”

As an LDS Church employee, I get to do a lot of cool things. Elders Holland, Christofferson, and Rasband are executive directors over my department, the Priesthood and Family Department, and every once in a while I get to be in meetings with them. It’s really cool to see them in action, outside of General Conference. I also get to work with the Young Men and Young Women presidencies, especially on the Mutual Theme project.

As the Church’s Youth Music Manager, I get to sit in on their meetings when they talk about the next year’s Mutual theme, and the messages they want to get across to the youth. They travel the world and meet LDS youth from every walk of life, so they know what the youth need.

In one of those meetings, they were discussing the Peace in Christ theme. They talked about how there was so much chaos in the world, but we can always find that quiet place, the internal peace that we all want, if we rely on and follow Christ. They asked me if I could capture that in a song.

Some of you may think it’s easy to write a song. Sometimes that is true. Other times it takes me months to come up with something that really works. When it’s right, I know it. I probably came up with five or six song choruses or ideas, but nothing was really working for me. Then I listened to some music, that usually helps me get in a different space, musically. I have always loved the song Jealous, by Labrinth. After listening to it, I came up with a melodic hook that I liked. The more I worked on it, the more I liked it. I knew that this was the idea I was looking for when I came up with the line, “when there’s no peace on earth, there is peace in Christ.” It just felt right.

I don’t know why, but this song has resonated more with people than any other song I’ve written. Maybe it’s the simple, yet important message…

Christ really is always there for us, and He will give us His peace if we “learn of (Him), listen to (his) words, and walk in the meekness of (His) spirit.”

If you love this song, you will love my new deluxe album, “Just How I Am.”

Also, if you’re interested, here’s a playlist of voice memos I made when I was creating Peace in Christ. It’s interesting to see how different some of the ideas were.

Click here to download MY version of Peace in Christ.

 

12 Comments

  • Shane Brown says:

    This is just awesome! Very remarkable. Thanks for being who you are and playing this role in the kingdom. I loved this post! I wondered if you’d be willing to make your song Let’s Do It Again (not acoustic) available for download. Also Forgive Me (One More Time). Thanks again Nik.

  • Emily says:

    This was fun to read! It’s exciting to get a little inside look at how you came up with the song.

  • Almae says:

    I instantly feel good everytime i hear it. Thank you so much for the beautiful music! 🙂

  • Rick Warren says:

    Nik, you have written a beautiful song, Peace in Christ. It is beautiful in its clarity, simplicity, and melody.
    Having written worship songs since I was a teenager, listening to your development memos was interesting. They should encourage other songwriters!

    Pastor Rick Warren
    Saddleback Church, Lake Forest CA.
    Author of The Purpose Driven Life (This is not fake. It really is me writing this. And yes, I’m not LDS. I’m an Evangelical.

    • nikday says:

      This really means a lot to me, Rick. Thanks for the note. I would love to hear your music, if you want to send a couple links.

  • Emma says:

    I love the song Peace in Christ. I listen to it every day.

  • Denise Olsen says:

    To Nik Day: What a treasure it is to have this music and learn it for performance. Thank you for writing (and sharing) the words and music. Our stake youth sang it for a music fireside and now my ward choir will perform it in Sacrament Meeting for November. I felt it important that the choir adults have opportunity to “engrave the song upon their hearts.”

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