Joy

“The Book of Mormon affirms more simply: ‘Men are, that they might have joy.’ Plato was closer to the gospel on this point than the larger portion of Christian theologians: ‘He who framed this whole universe was good, and one who is good can never become jealous of anything. And so, being free of jealousy, he wanted everything to become as much like himself as was possible.’ Not for his glory or happiness, but for theirs.”

Terryl and Fiona Givens  |  "The Christ Who Heals"

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“Happiness is the purpose and design of existence.”

David O. McKay  |  Pathways to Happiness

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“The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything do to with the focus of our lives.”

Russell M. Nelson  |  Joy and Spiritual Survival

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“The gospel of Jesus Christ is not a religion of mourning and gloom. The faith of our fathers is one of hope and joy. It is not a gospel of chains but a gospel of wings.”

Joseph B. Wirthlin

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Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church
“If we constantly focus only on the stones in our mortal path, we will almost surely miss the beautiful flower or cool stream provided by the loving Father who outlined our journey. Each day can bring more joy than sorrow when our mortal and spiritual eyes are open to God’s goodness. Joy in the gospel is not something that begins only in the next life. It is our privilege now, this very day. We must never allow our burdens to obscure our blessings. There will always be more blessings than burdens – even if some days it doesn’t seem so. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Enjoy those blessings right now. They are yours and always will be.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

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“Sadness, disappointment, and severe challenge are events in life, not life itself. I do not minimize how hard some of these events are. They can extend over a long period of time, but they should not be allowed to become the confining center of everything you do. The Lord inspired Lehi to declare the fundamental truth, “Men are, that they might have joy.” That is a conditional statement: “they might have joy.” It is not conditional for the Lord. His intent is that each of us finds joy. It will not be conditional for you as you obey the commandments, have faith in the Master, and do the things that are necessary to have joy here on earth.”

Richard G. Scott  |  “Finding Joy in Life,” Ensign, May 1996, p. 24

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“Another great advantage of joy, contrasted with pleasure, is that joy overrides routine, which, otherwise, could make us bored. We don’t know, for instance, how many times Heavenly Father has been through the plan of salvation before with other of His children elsewhere before our particular sequence on this planet. God even hints at the repetitiveness of His redemption when He says, “[My] course is one eternal round” (see 1 Nephi 10:19; Alma 7:20; D&C 3:2). Yet God is never bored by what might seem mere routine. Why? Because of His perfect love for His children! What He calls “my work and my glory” brings abundant and pure joy! (see Moses 1:39).”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell  |  “Brim with Joy” (Alma 26:11), BYU Devotional, January 23, 1996

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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Sometimes in life we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy in the journey.”

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf  |  "Enjoy the Moment"

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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“God didn’t design us to be sad. He created us to have joy!”

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf  |  “A Summer with Great-Aunt Rose”

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“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

Theodore Roosevelt

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