It IS Possible to Find True Joy!

Joy does not mean constantly Happy any more than Love means Constant Sex

True Joy occurs when a person can accept him- or herself as a child of God and know that in all of his or her trials and afflictions that God is aware and willing to assist. He does not want to take away learning experience from people because experiencing the trials and challenges that appear naturally in life help all people to develop empathy and charity one for another.

The Heavens declare all are to love their neighbors the same way that each loves him or herself. All are to care for others the same way each cares for him- or herself. That simple practice allows that each person may obtain this joy. No only should seekers of true joy aspire to have this great love for others called charity, but to obtain it seekers must pray for it to come.

The secret of true joy is to love others and serve others.

Becoming Mother Theresa overnight is not practical.

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Meet with the Saints for Joy to Last!

Saints are the salt of the earth. Just as salt makes food taste better, saints/Christians make the world better by being here to season it with the love of Christ or charity.

Why are Christians the Salt? It is their covenant with Jesus in live to spread the love of God so that joy can cover all the hurt and pain around them.

They are here to build Zion, the kingdom of God one person at a time until Christ comes. They are to do so with meekness and love, especially towards persecutors.

They must not persecute or harm those who oppose Christ, but love them. Their Master has commanded them to love all men. He is master because they are His apprentices.

He overcame all so that He could help the saints do the same. They honor His life by living as He taught.

Read Alma Chapter 30

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Joseph Bitner Wirthlin was an American businessman, religious leader and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born 1917 Died 2008
Joseph Bitner Wirthlin was an American businessman, religious leader and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born 1917 Died 2008 | Source

Pure Testimony is The key Against Facetiousness

There is no special wording that can be said to quiet anti-Christs.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin taught,

A testimony of the truth of the gospel does not come the same way to all people. Some receive it in a unique, life-changing experience. Others gain a testimony slowly, almost imperceptibly until, one day, they simply know...

...a testimony is “the assurance of the reality, truth, and goodness of God, of the teachings and atonement of Jesus Christ, and of the divine calling of latter-day prophets. … It is knowledge buttressed by divine personal confirmation by the Holy Ghost.” (Pure Testimony)

Alma taught "

The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." Alma 30:44

Signs and wonders do not bring people to Christ or help them have faith in Him. First comes faith, then come the signs, for

"I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." Ether 12:6

The Christ-key is to lay hold of every good thing of God. Read the scriptures, go to church, share faith, pray, keep the commandments, help the poor, etc... The key to combating anti-Christ is to live by what Christ taught, which in turn brings joy and relative happiness.

Elder Edward Dube

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Elder Edward Dube, in his debut sermon in the October 2013 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ said that

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, who sees from the beginning to the end, knew very well the road He would travel to Gethsemane and Golgotha when He proclaimed, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). In the sight of the Lord, it is not so much what we have done or where we have been but much more where we are willing to go.

The things that people are willing to do from this point on in their lives to fortify themselves against the threats and temptation of those people who would destroy their joy in Christ is what matters most. Wisdom is not to depend upon the past to protect the future. It is to continue to live in the present so that tomorrow may be built upon recent accomplishments.

Devils Advocate may be fun, but it can be risky. It is one thing to hear or read about someone's view and try to see it from a differing perspective, but another thing to embrace it.

No one can hide in a social hole and still expect to fulfill the Lord's commission to preach the gospel to the world, which brings with it much joy!

In trying to empathize with neighbors, believers should avoid indulging in behaviors that take away from their faith.

Wisdom is good when wielders of it acknowledge God's hand in the works of creation. Intellectualism is a form of Godliness that denies the power thereof. Godliness is the method of living that allows people to become holy like God is holy.

If people consider the theories of humanity and give them room to ruminate in their hearts, they can be swayed from the truths of the gospel in time--especially if they stop the basic activities of reading scriptures and praying daily.

President Thomas S. Monson

You are what you read.

If seekers of true joy read scripture and uplifting things, then they will be scriptorians and uplifters. President Thomas S. Monson said:

Participate in daily scripture study. Crash courses are not nearly so effective as the day-to-day reading and application of the scriptures in our lives. Become acquainted with the lessons the scriptures teach. … Study them as though they were speaking to you, for such is the truth.”.

If people read trashy novels and the ilk,then what follows is trash and filth.

Engage in conversation, but remember to read and pray. Even the strongest of Christians risk being swayed given long enough exposure to the untruth. To be more clear, if believers take it upon ourselves to expose themselves to evil, they risk becoming evil.

God expects His people to learn all that they can about the world and the things of the world without becoming consumed by those things. Saints have been counselled to read from the best books. In an 1847 epistle to the church, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles instructs:

It is very desirable that all the Saints should improve every opportunity of securing at least a copy of every valuable treatise on education—every book, map, chart, or diagram that may contain interesting, useful, and attractive matter, to gain the attention of children, and cause them to love to learn to read; and, also every historical, mathematical, philosophical, geographical, geological, astronomical, scientific, practical, and all other variety of useful and interesting writings, maps, &c., to present to the General Church Recorder, when they shall arrive at their destination, from which important and interesting matter may be gleaned to compile the most valuable works, on every science and subject, for the benefit of the rising generation.

We have a printing press, and any who can take good printing or writing paper to the valley will be blessing themselves and the Church. We also want all kinds of mathematical and philosophical instruments, together with all rare specimens of natural curiosities and works of art that can be gathered and brought to the valley, where, and from which, the rising generation can receive instruction; and if the Saints will be diligent in these matters, we will soon have the best, the most useful and attractive museum on the earth. (Seek Ye Out of the Best Books BY Dean Jarman)

Remember These Things

  • Do not entertain anti-Christ thought.
  • You are what you read.
  • Engage in conversation, but remember to read and pray.

© 2013 Rodric Johnson

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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

the book of mormon is not a book from God. It is a book from a false god, a satanic angel name moron i

The bible has prepared us for just such an attack from false gospels. Our all knowing God knew this was going to happen so this was included in scripture.

Gal 1:6-9 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

celafoe, what other gospel does The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ teach besides Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected for the sins of man? It also teaches that He is the Savor of mankind and the only way to return to heaven.

2 Nephi 25:26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

So, where is your proof that the book is doing anything to pervert the gospel? Prove it. Prove it by the teachngs in the book. Until you can, why don't you stop speading lies about it. That is what you are doing.


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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

there are a great many proofs that mormon is a false doctrine, a doctrine from satan. but this one alone is sufficient for anyone that knows the true scriptures.

The apostle Paul warned about angels with false doctrine in Galatians 1:8, 9, "If an angel from heaven proclaims any other gospel than the one you received let him be cursed by God".

"another gospel of jesus christ is about another so called christ , not the real Jesus Christ.


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Celafoe, you still did not answer the question. You are just applying scriptures incorrectly. How do you know there is a different Christ. The gospel is not different, it is the same.

You have no basis for your claim. If you are going to make a statement back it up with proof that the Book of Mormon teaches a different gospel. You have not done it yet and I am waiting.

Usually people like you run away when you cannot prove your point. Show me where it is a different gospel taught in the Book of Mormon. Show me and I will leave my church.


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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

is that a promise, if I take the time to show you the proof you will turn to the real Jesus?


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Celafoe, if I thought that you could find a different gospel in the Book of Mormon I would be concerned about my statement, but I am not. I have read the book and was converted to Jesus by it. I became a Christian and later found out about The Church of Jesus Christ and joined it.

Look for the information and find it and I will be true to my statement. If the Book of Mormon teaches a different Gospel than What Jesus Taught I will leave my church.

Since Jesus actually teaches the things in the the book, I don't see how you will prove that the book teaches a different doctrine. I have read both books and I know them to be true, the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I have and advantage on you.

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