This is just one of my favorite scriptures.
“Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.” – Ether 12:4
This scripture brings me joy.
This scripture was given to us by Ether, but recorded for us by Moroni. Moroni- who had just witnessed the complete extinction of a civilization – his civilization. AND he had just abridged the records of another civilization that went extinct based on their wicked choices.
Ether also witnessed the destruction of his civilization.
These men witnessed an event that most of us will never really see – and yet they tell us – during such hopeless times that if we believe in God, we can have hope.
A belief in God gives us hope for a better world (which means a lot when you just witnessed the end of your civilization!). This hope for a better world anchors our soul to Christ. We understand that He is the author of such a world. Then, our hearts are turned to Him and filled with His love. We do good works for others because of the Love of God that we have obtained.
Is this not joyful?!
It’s possible to have joy in any circumstance when we have the perspective and hope of God.
This is a really great explanation on why the plan of salvation and Christ’s redemption ARE the plan of happiness. Jacob does such a great job of giving us the full picture.
The Plan of Happiness
- Death came to us all. – Adam and Eve fell, and we were cut off from the Lord. We became susceptible to physical death and spiritual death (hell). (2 Nephi 9:6)
- Christ died and was resurrected so we could all overcome death. Because of the fall, needed an intercessor. We needed a redeemer. Christ came to the earth, lived a perfect life, suffered for our sins, was crucified, and was resurrected. This empowered all of us to be able to break the bonds of death. It’s really good news. (2 Nephi 9:7-8)
- Because of Christ, we are free to choose – we can choose death by following Satan and refusing to repent of our sins (which the Savior has already suffered). Or we can choose life by living a life worthy to be in the presence of the Lord. No unclean thing can dwell with God. This is why Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden in the first place. However, God loves us. He has offered to us Christ – so that we can be made clean through His Atonement. When we choose this, we are blessed with joy. (2 Nephi 9-18)
One blog post really doesn’t do this subject justice. It is simple, but there is still more that can be said.
But the main idea that remains is this: We can have joy and happiness. We aren’t consigned to a neverending state of death and hell. We can live again. We can live forever. And this was made possible through Christ. All we need to do is follow Him.