That They Might Have Joy

If you can have hope for the future, then you can have joy today. When Lehi taught his son Jacob that men (and women) "are that they might have joy," he wasn't talking about an easy life, free from adversity. There must be "opposition in all things," he said. Jacob himself had endured significant trials,... Continue Reading →

“Glad Tidings of Great Joy” – Mosiah 3:3

The Greek word euaggelion (εὐαγγέλιον) means "good news" or "glad tidings." It appears 76 times in the New Testament, and it is always translated "gospel" in the King James Version of the Bible. The verb form of the word—euaggelizó (εὐαγγελίζω)—which appears 54 times, is usually translated "preach" or "preach the gospel." But six times, it... Continue Reading →

Active, Aware, and Joyful

What does it mean to be alive? At the end of my post two days ago, almost as an afterthought, I identified three characteristics of livingness. All three are clearly identified in Jacob's discussion of physical and spiritual death: When we are alive, we are active. We have energy. We are able to "live and move... Continue Reading →

Lehi’s Dream

Not long after Lehi and his family left Jerusalem, he related to them a spiritual dream he had experienced. The central focus of the dream was "a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy" (1 Nephi 8:10). This tree represents the love of God (1 Nephi 11:21-22), and every character in the dream... Continue Reading →

How Does the Gospel Bring Us Joy?

The angel who appeared to King Benjamin declared that his message would bring joy to Benjamin and to his people: I am come to declare unto you the glad tidings of great joy. For the Lord hath heard thy prayers, and hath judged of thy righteousness, and hath sent me to declare unto thee that... Continue Reading →

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