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Writing Peace in Christ – the 2018 Mutual Theme Song

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

“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.”


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.


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I came on here to find how you came to write this song. This is one my favourite strive to be songs.The first time I heard this song was in sacrement meeting when it was sung as a duet by two fathers. They struggled through it because they were moved to tears and so was I and the entire congregation.Thank you for the inspiration of your music!

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Christy Buchanan
Christy Buchanan
23 jun 2023

What truth is more clear...when there's no peace on earth (um 100% of the time), there is peace in Christ! If I need to refocus, I always start with this song. The spirit testifies so strongly each time I hear it.


This is one of my all time favorite songs, as the mutual theme we used it in Young Womens Camp that sacred week with your sacred song woven in has been written on my heart. We return to it so often my toddlers sing along with me!


The last year youth did a Sacrament Meeting Program and my 3 young men in the youth at the time surprised me and sang it, they watched me smiling as tears sprang…


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Rebecca Carlson
Rebecca Carlson
02 ene 2023

I love this song! It reminds me of "In Christ Alone" which is another one of my favorites. I have been working on a harp arrangement putting the two of them together that I hope to perform in church sometime. I was curious if any inspiration was taken from that tune or if it's just a happy coincidence that they fit so well together.

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Nik Day
Nik Day
02 ene 2023
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I love that song! I listen to Christian music all the time, so I’m sure all the songs I’ve listened to have helped inspire my music. Good luck with your arrangement.

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