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This 1 word in the Spanish version of ‘Where Can I Turn for Peace?’ may help you see Christ’s hand more often

¿Dónde hallo el solaz?
When I listened to “Where Can I Turn for Peace?” performed in Spanish, I discovered an interesting lyric translation.

Last week’s Come, Follow Me readings posed the following question: “It is one thing to believe that the Savior suffered for you. But how does His suffering make a difference in your everyday life?” As I thought about this prompt, my mind turned to an interesting translation of a hymn verse I discovered earlier this year.

I recently listened to a performance of “Where I Can I Turn for Peace?” in Spanish—“¿Dónde hallo el solaz?” The text for the English hymn has always comforted me in difficult moments, and the lyricist and composer have even called it the “mental health hymn” because of its focus on turning to the Savior for relief from mental and emotional suffering.

I was curious if the Spanish lyrics had a similar meaning, so I looked up the translation. I realized the interpretation brings out a crucial blessing of Jesus Christ’s Atonement that I don’t often remember in my day-to-day life. The final verse reads:

The English and Spanish lyrics for “Where Can I Turn for Peace?” with the English translation.

He gives mecourage. This lyric is a powerful reminder that the Savior’s love tangibly strengthens us—and allows us to strengthen others as well.

Christlike Courage

Bravery from the Savior has looked different depending on the seasons of my life. I have undeniably seen this strengthening power in key moments and decisions, such as:

    • Courage to defend my faith when it was misrepresented in a secular academic environment
    • Courage to accept a prompting to serve as a missionary for the Church
    • Courage to trust in God’s promises in the face of loss and grief

    But the gift of Christlike bravery can also touch more everyday situations, like:

      • Courage to stand up for someone, even when they’re not around
      • Courage to hold onto faith when prayers aren’t answered in the way we hope
      • Courage to get out of bed when depression or anxiety makes small tasks feel heavy
      • Courage to overcome old habits and build new patterns
      • Courage to open up again after painful experiences in friendships and relationships
      • Courage to be compassionate when creating contention feels easier
      • Courage to say “no” to good things to make room for better things

      The Savior gives us the courage to “[partake] of a bitter cup without becoming bitter,” especially in the face of uncertainty and unfairness. Because of Christ, we can “hope for a better world”—a profoundly countercultural act when despair and apathy feel abundant around us (see Ether 12:4).

      Another Inspiring Translation

      Christlike courage also comes from remembering who we are (and whose we are). Interestingly, the Spanish word for courage, valor, has another meaning: value or worth. We can take courage in our divine worth as children of God, evidenced by the Savior’s willingness to suffer and sacrifice for us—imperfect and undeserving as we may be (see Doctrine and Covenants 18:10–11).

      Because of Christ, we don’t have to be alone in our trials. As He reminds us:

      “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isaiah 43:2).

      And as we allow this powerful truth to change us, Christlike courage allows us not only to “endure to the end” but also to become powerful forces for good within our battles. By embracing His love, we can give others courage, too—“[succoring] the weak, [lifting] up the hands which hang down, and [strengthening] the feeble knees” (Doctrine and Covenants 81:5).

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