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.
- Small Things, Great Love
Have you ever seen an angel? This was a question posed by someone on HubPages. This is my answer, regarding some encounters with Heaven in everyday life.
Go To Church
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.
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
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.
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