30 And it came to pass when they heard this voice, and beheld that it was not a voice of thunder, neither was it a voice of a great tumultuous noise, but behold, it was a still voice of perfect mildness, as if it had been a whisper, and it did pierce even to the very soul—

31 And notwithstanding the mildness of the voice, behold the earth shook exceedingly, and the walls of the prison trembled again, as if it were about to tumble to the earth; and behold the cloud of darkness, which had overshadowed them, did not disperse—

32 And behold the voice came again, saying: Repent ye, repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand; and seek no more to destroy my servants. And it came to pass that the earth shook again, and the walls trembled.

33 And also again the third time the voice came, and did speak unto them marvelous words which cannot be uttered by man; and the walls did tremble again, and the earth shook as if it were about to divide asunder.

34 And it came to pass that the Lamanites could not flee because of the cloud of darkness which did overshadow them; yea, and also they were immovable because of the fear which did come upon them.


40 And it came to pass that the Lamanites said unto him: What shall we do, that this cloud of darkness may be removed from overshadowing us?

41 And Aminadab said unto them: You must repent, and cry unto the voice, even until ye shall have faith in Christ, who was taught unto you by Alma, and Amulek, and Zeezrom; and when ye shall do this, the cloud of darkness shall be removed from overshadowing you.

42 And it came to pass that they all did begin to cry unto the voice of him who had shaken the earth; yea, they did cry even until the cloud of darkness was dispersed.

43 And it came to pass that when they cast their eyes about, and saw that the cloud of darkness was dispersed from overshadowing them, behold, they saw that they were encircled about, yea every soul, by a pillar of fire.

44 And Nephi and Lehi were in the midst of them; yea, they were encircled about; yea, they were as if in the midst of a flaming fire, yet it did harm them not, neither did it take hold upon the walls of the prison; and they were filled with that cjoy which is unspeakable and full of glory.

45 And behold, the Holy Spirit of God did come down from heaven, and did enter into their hearts, and they were filled as if with fire, and they could speak forth marvelous words.

46 And it came to pass that there came a voice unto them, yea, a pleasant voice, as if it were a whisper, saying:

47 Peace, peace be unto you, because of your faith in my Well Beloved, who was from the foundation of the world.

Helaman 5: 30-34, 40-47

Here Nephi and Lehi were in prison after being arrested while preaching to the Lamanites. This group came in and were going to kill the two brothers, but were stopped in their tracks when they saw that Nephi and Lehi were surrounded by flames. then the darkness came, and they couldn’t see anything. Then they heard the voice mentioned in these scriptures.

These men were gripped in strong fear because of the things they were hearing and experiencing. Many times in this life we are fearful because of the things that are happening around us and the internal turmoil that we bring upon ourselves by our actions. The message of the Atonement is peace, at least on an individual level. If there is anything that is causing you fear, overcome it. That is the power of the Atonement. Repentance brings peace into our lives that we cannot receive any other way. It is not a scary word, rather it is a sacred gift.

Use the Atonement in your life, and you will find a peace that cannot be achieved any other way. This peace can drown out any of the worldly fears that we may face. I can say from personal experience that you can experience peace even with bombs going off and bullets flying. I know the power of the Atonement. I may not understand how it works, but I know that it works.