Being a Peacemaker


And blessed are all the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God (3 Ne. 12:9).

One Sunday, on the way out of church, my four-year-old brother, Westley, gave me a piece of gum he had been given. In return, I gave him a chocolate candy I had. When my six-year-old brother, Courtland, found out, he was very sad. He said no one ever gave him treats at church.

Westley asked if I would sit by him in the car. On the way home, I asked about his lesson. He said that it was about being a peacemaker. “What’s a peacemaker?” I asked, trying to get him to tell me about his lesson. He told me a story example of a peacemaker. He was quiet for a minute. Then he said, “Kiera, I don’t really want your candy.”

Surprised, I asked, “Why not?”

“I mean, I do want it, but is it OK if I give it to Courtland?”

“Sure. Do you want your piece of gum back?”

“No. You can have it.”

“OK.” I tapped Courtland on the back. “Westley said you could have the candy.” I handed it to him.

He said, “Thanks,” and ate it. We were all smiling.

I’m grateful to have such good examples for brothers. I know that if a four-year-old child can be a peacemaker, I can, too. From now on, I’m going to be a peacemaker in my home.

[photo] Kiera Cook, with her brothers, Westley and Courtland