on peace

John A. Widtsoe, “The Obligation of the Church,” Ensign, Apr 2009, 10–13

Elder Widtsoe delivered this important address about missionary work during general conference in October 1946; capitalization and punctuation have been modernized.

It is a curious commentary on human nature that men who cry for peace look upon peace as something that may be picked as an apple from a tree, something that lies about within easy reach of humanity. If I pick an apple from a tree, I have first planted the tree, cared for it, watered it, brought it to maturity. Then in due time I may have the fruit.

So with peace. It is not a thing by itself to be picked up casually; but it is the fruit of something precedent. Like the tree, something must be planted and nourished and cared for if we are to obtain peace.