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"There is much that is evil and unclean in music, the Internet, movies, magazines, and in alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. As to any evil and unclean thing, my young friends, do not even touch it! Disguised in such things is a hook that sets subtly and much more suddenly than you dare think—and it can be an excruciatingly painful process to extract the hook. Alma described that for him the process of repentance was 'nigh unto death' (Mosiah 27:28); indeed, he stated that 'nothing [could be] so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains' (Alma 36:21).

"There may be some of you who have been involved with that which is evil or unclean. Take hope in the doctrinal and historical fact that Alma's faith in the Lord led him to repent, and as a direct result of his repentance he experienced such happiness through the power of the Atonement of Christ that, in his words, 'there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy' (Alma 36:21). Such will be your experience as you seek the Lord through repentance." - Marcus B. Nash, "The Great Plan of Happiness," Ensign, November 2006

Faith is both a principle of action and of power. It “is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if [we] have faith [we] hope for things which are not seen, which are true.” It is an assurance of the Spirit gained through our learning that moves us to act to follow the example of the Savior and prayerfully keep His commandments, even through times of sacrifice and trial. Faith brings us the power of the Lord, which—among other things—is manifested by a hope of good things to come, miracles that confirm our faith, and divine protection in spiritual and temporal matters. - Marcus B. Nash, "By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled," Ensign (CR) November 2012

Note that to be without God in the world—in other words, to refuse to live His gospel and therefore lack the companionship of the Spirit—is to be in a state contrary to the nature of happiness. The gospel of Jesus Christ is, in fact, the—note that this is singular, meaning it is the only—“great plan of happiness” (Alma 42:8). If you opt for any other way of life or try to live only the parts of the gospel that seem convenient, such a choice will cheat you of the full, resplendent joy and happiness for which you were designed by our loving Father in Heaven and His Son. - Marcus B. Nash, "The Great Plan of Happiness," Ensign (CR) November 2006

[The Book of Mormon] is the “book of books” because of its unique ability to bring us to the King of Kings. Reading and abiding by the truth and precepts it contains will draw us closer to God than any other book, just as the Prophet Joseph Smith testified. I too know it is true as I know I exist—as you will know as well. Such is the promise to each who reads, ponders, asks God sincerely, and lives the truths it contains. - Marcus B. Nash, “Book of Books,”

In contrast, to the degree that you choose not to live the gospel, you will be as miserable as a fish out of water (see Mosiah 4:30). – Marcus B. Nash, “The Great Plan of Happiness,” Ensign (CR) November 2006

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