Mormon teaches us a little lesson during these stories about the wars between the Nephites and the Lamanites:
” And we see that these promises have been verified to the people of Nephi; for it has been their quarrelings and their contentions, yea, their murderings, and their plunderings, their idolatry, their whoredoms, and their abominations, which were among themselves, which brought upon them their wars and their destructions.
And those who were faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord were delivered at all times, whilst thousands of their wicked brethren have been consigned to bondage, or to perish by the sword, or to dwindle in unbelief, and mingle with the Lamanites.
But behold there never was a happier time among the people of Nephi, since the days of Nephi, than in the days of Moroni, yea, even at this time, in the twenty and first year of the reign of the judges.” – Alma 50:21-23
In this scripture passage we see that:
Wickedness results in destruction. This doesn’t sound super joyful. Even in verse 21, before the destruction occurs, we read about “quarrelings, contentions, murderings, plunderings, idolatry, whoredoms, and abominations. Even if destruction never came – this sounds like a pretty miserable state. Fighting, murdering, robbing, broken families. Sad, sad, sad.
Righteousness will protect us and enable the Lord to use His power to deliver us.
Even during times of difficulty, when we are righteous, we can be happy through the blessings of God. Why not, right? We all have to endure this life. Why not choose to have joy even in the midst of trial? Why not protect our joy by remembering the Lord and His tender mercies and letting the lives we live be a reflection of this knowledge.