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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - 2 Nephi 2:25

"In 2 Nephi 2:25 we read, 'Adam fell that men might be; and men are that they might have joy.' To receive a fulness of joy here and hereafter, as intended of the Lord, we must live the righteous Christ-like life; and render effectual service to God and to our fellow men. The righteous life inspires love of God and of fellow men and opens the avenue of communication and help from the Lord, which is so necessary to success in effectual service." — George F. Richards, "Conference Report," April 1936, p. 78

"It is God's purpose and will that we might be happy today, tomorrow, next week, a hundred years from now-yes, a million years from now. You may say in your mind, 'But we won't live that long.' We will live that long. Life is eternal, and the thing that is important to remember is that the way we live today, and the way we live throughout mortality, will determine our happiness throughout eternity, will determine our status forever." — Milton R. Hunter, "Conference Report," October 1947, p. 95

"People today face the same temptations that have been common throughout history, plus many others that were unknown to earlier generations. However, God will not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability to resist. (See 1 Corinthians 10:13.) He does not give us challenges that we cannot surmount. He will not ask more than we can do, but may ask right up to our limits so we can prove ourselves. The Lord will never forsake or abandon anyone. We may abandon him, but he will not abandon us. We never need to feel that we are alone. The reason to stay on course in a marathon is obvious. Staying on a course that leads to a righteous life may be less obvious but is much more important. In simple terms, a righteous life is the way-the only way-to happiness, joy and peace." — Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Finding Peace in Our Lives," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 152

"He has sent us here, from where we were with him before birth, for a brief period of mortal experience, with our free agency, our right of choice, with principles and commandments, and with his Spirit to light us through life, and has assured us everlasting life with the glorious promise of limitless and eternal progress and possibilities, with all the sweetness of association of family and friends in the peace and protection of his presence-if we will. He has assured us that 'men are, that they might have joy,' (2 Nephi 2:25) and has declared it to be his purpose 'to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.' (Moses 1:39.)" — Richard L. Evans, "We Are Not Alone in Life" "Improvement Era," January, 1955

"Happiness is one of the aims of the gospel; not pain, not grief, not gloom, not pleasure. There is a difference between pleasure and happiness. Happiness is the joy of the soul, always. The Prophet Joseph Smith declared that, 'Happiness is the object and design of our existence, and will be the end thereof if we pursue the path that leads to it.' And this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and living all the commandments of God." — David O. McKay, "Man May Know for Himself: Teachings of President David O. McKay," compiled by Clare Middlemiss [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1967], p. 457

“None of us makes it through this life without problems and challenges—and sometimes tragedies and misfortunes. After all, in large part we are here to learn and grow from such events in our lives. We know that there are times when we will suffer, when we will grieve, and when we will be saddened. However, we are told, ‘Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy’ (2 Nephi 2:25).

“How might we have joy in our lives, despite all that we may face? Again from the scriptures: ‘Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you’ (D&C 68:6).” - Thomas S. Monson, “Be of Good Cheer,” Ensign, May 2009, 89–92

As we pass through the trials of life, let us keep an eternal perspective, let us not complain, let us become even more prayerful, let us serve others, and let us forgive one another. As we do this, “all things [will] work together for good to [us] that love God.” I bear a solemn and certain witness that our Father loves us and He sent His Son to show and pave the way for us. He suffered, He died, and He was resurrected that we might live, and He desires that we “might have joy,” even in our trials of life.
– James B. Martino, “All Things Work Together for Good,” Ensign (CR) May 2010

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