The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Alma 41:10

"Obedience involves self-restraint and self-control. One may find temporary pleasure in the gratification of an appetite, in the indulgence of desire, but lasting joy comes only to the man who is willing to pay the price of self-denial. To achieve self-realization, 'Everything worth while in life must be bought and paid for by giving up some habits and indulgences which are irreconcilable to its possession.' 'Wickedness never was happiness.' (Alma 41:10.) Nobody ever found real or permanent satisfaction in doing wrong." Hugh B. Brown, "Continuing the Quest," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1961], p. 115-116

"Opposed to God's plan of eternal happiness for every human soul is Satan's plan that ends in remorse and awful remembrance of all our guilt in that day of judgment." Harold B. Lee, "Decisions for Successful Living," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1973], p. 153-154

"Alma reminds us that 'wickedness never was happiness' (Alma 41:10), and thus it is impossible to have true joy and happiness while engaging in evildoing. Righteousness does not guarantee a life of constant sunshine devoid of rain clouds, but wickedness most assuredly robs us of joy, which joy is the design of our existence." Spencer J. Condie, "In Perfect Balance," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1993]

"In the Book of Mormon we read that 'despair cometh because of iniquity.' (Moro. 10:22.) 'When I do good I feel good,' said Abraham Lincoln, 'and when I do bad I feel bad.' Sin pulls a man down into despondency and despair. While a man may take some temporary pleasure in sin, the end result is unhappiness. 'Wickedness never was happiness.' (Alma 41:10.) Sin creates disharmony with God and is depressing to the spirit. Therefore, a man would do well to examine himself to see that he is in harmony with all of God's laws. Every law kept brings a particular blessing. Every law broken brings a particular blight. Those who are heavy laden with despair should come unto the Lord, for his yoke is easy and his burden is light. (See Matt. 11:28-30.)" Ezra Taft Benson, "Do Not Despair," General Conference, Oct. 1974, pp. 90-91

"Alma said it well. He had tasted the bitterness of a sinful life and of spiritual rebellion, so he knew well what he was saying - 'Wickedness never was happiness.' (Alma 41:10.) And since happiness brings peace, wickedness brings its antithesis - strife and turmoil." Spencer W. Kimball, "Miracle of Forgiveness," p. 360

You cannot do wrong and feel right. It is impossible! Years of happiness can be lost in the foolish gratification of a momentary desire for pleasure. Satan would have you believe that happiness comes only as you surrender to his enticements, but one only needs to look at the shattered lives of those who violate God’s laws to know why Satan is called the Father of Lies. –
Ezra Taft Benson, “A Message to the Rising Generation,” Ensign (CR) November 1977

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