The Nature of Joy


The "joy" contemplated in the Book of Mormon passage ["Man is that he might have joy."] is to arise out of manís knowledge of evil as well as of good; through knowing misery, sorrow, pain and suffering; through seeing good and evil locked in awful conflict; through a consciousness of having chosen in that conflict the better part, the good; and not only in having chosen it, but in having wedded it by eternal compact, made it his by right of conquest over evil.

It is a "joy" that will arise from a consciousness of having "fought the good fight," of having "kept the faith." It will arise from a consciousness of moral, spiritual, and physical strength; of strength gained in conflict; the strength that comes from experience; from having sounded the depths of the soul; from experiencing all the emotions of which the mind is susceptible; from testing all the qualities and strength of the intellect.

- by Elder B. H. Roberts
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