On Having Fun

As President George Q. Cannon explained, Joseph Smith "was a great hater of sham. He disliked long-faced hypocrisy, and numerous stories are told of his peculiar manner of rebuking it.

"He knew that much that people call sin is not sin, and he did many things to break down superstition. He would wrestle, play ball, and enjoy himself in physical exercises, and he knew that he was not committing sin to do so.

"The religion of heaven is not to make men sorrowful, to curtail their enjoyment and to make them groan and sigh and wear long faces, but to make them happy."

- by Hyrum and Mae Andrus,
Joseph Smith, the Man and the Seer,

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