scripture power! 2 nephi 2:26

2 Nephi 2:26
"Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy."

So simple. So true. The Lord loves us and wants us to be happy. Sometimes we all become a little self-involved and even a little self-inflicting - like sometimes we think we deserve bad things or trials. But no, we are were created out of goodness and love. When we follow God's commandments, joy is our reward.

Recently, a friend shared that she feels joy when she knows she is doing what the Lord wants her to do and is where the Lord wants her to be. Later that evening I experienced exactly what she meant. I came across an event that took place that same evening - it looked glamorous, fun and exciting. The jealously of not being there was tangible within my heart, but as quickly as the jealousy came, it left - replaced by surety, peace and joy. If I had been part of this event, I would have missed out on the endless inspiration and guidance I had received earlier that evening. And it was clear, in that moment, that the Lord was happy with where I was that night and nothing else mattered. 

That was joyful. 

Not only did I understand more fully what my friend shared, but also what true joy means. True joy comes from listening to the Spirit, following the commandments and not comparing ourselves to others - Why? Because we are all needed in the kingdom of God, each individually, in different ways.
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