I’d like to share something with you that I studied this week. All of the scriptures I cite are available on lds.org, for free. All in this specific study are from the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants. These two books, that show to us the unchanging nature of God and how much He loves us to give us more and modern revelation to help clarify things are aren’t so clear in the Bible. But anyway, this is what I studied (Oh, when I study, I generally write as if I was explaining it to someone, so I’m just copying it from my journal):
According to 2 Nephi 2:23, we can have no joy if we do not know misery, or suffering. This was, in essence, the reason why Adam and Eve chose to disobey God’s commandment and leave the Garden of Eden, “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25). So, in our lives, we are to seek joy. In Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21, the Lord explains to us that blessings, the principle way we receive joy from our Heavenly Father, are predicated on our obedience to the laws of Heaven. It also states, by counter-logic, that we do not receive these blessings if we do not obey the law. Disobedience to the laws of Heaven, or, as it is called in the scriptures, iniquity, brings a curse upon all those who do it (1 Nephi 17:35;2 Nephi 1:7;5:21-24;Alma 45:16;Ether 14:1;Moses 5:25). As we can see, we are happy as we do what is right,and we are cursed (or unhappy, separated from the presence of God) as we disobey God. The question now is do we need to suffer this curse to know what is joy? Lehi, when talking to his children in 2 Nephi, said that Adam needs to know misery to know joy. However, he never stipulated that he needed to pass through it himself. Paul, in his first epistle to the Corinthians, tells us that true wisdom comes not from the world nor from the princes thereof, but from God, who teaches things that “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man” (1 Corinthians 2, emphasis on verses 6-11). The Spirit of God, then, is the teacher who allows us to learn the things of God. With the Spirit, we can learn these things that we need to be able to have the joy that God so desperately wants that we have. The Lord Himself tells us that He suffered all things, that we may not have to. In Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord says, “For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I” (Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-17). The Lord has suffered for us, so that we do not have to. True wisdom is coming unto Him and allowing Him to teach us so that we do not have to learn how to be happy by first passing through pain.
End Study 😛
Honestly, that was the big highlight of my week. Elder Andrade and I have some things to work out. We get along great, but we have differing ideas of how to best help the people we are teaching. So, we are trying to figure out how to work better together and how to help the people best.
Elder A. Spencer Leake