Wickedness never was Happiness
What is happiness for you? Is it any type of material gain what fills your with joy? We all search for something in this life that fills that empty space in our hearts. Even unconsciously we always seek something to do, something that allows us to smile from the bottom of our hearts. Many people search for that something, but how many people actually find it? Many get lost in the things this world has to offer and even though they may seem to enjoy it, within them lies nothing but a temporal happiness. The book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, teaches people how to find the light of Christ and find true joy in following His gospel. The book of Mormon shows how righteousness brings blessings and joy for the people while wickedness invades and destroys the hearts of the people. The book of Mormon also talks about repentance and how repenting from our sins can bring us closer to achieve true happiness.
Our Heavenly Father devised the plan of salvation so that we could all go back to His presence. Second Nephi 2:25 says, “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.” This means that the fall of Adam was part of our Father’s plan. He desired for men to have joy, eternal happiness. Sometimes men are not able to realize wickedness defies God’s plan. Wickedness is like a disease that spreads through our minds. This by no means justify our actions, we are able to exert agency and are responsible for any decision we take. President Clark explained how pride is like a poison for our souls. He had a personal experience in which he pierced his foot with a pitchfork. His pride did not let him ask for help to which the poison started attacking his body. President Clark said, “When physical poisons enter the body, they disrupt the body’s systems and organs and can cause illness and even death.” Similarly, Laman and Lemuel had been infected by Satan’s poison and continued to attack his brother Nephi while enduring their passage in the dessert. They disliked the power of the word of God he had received. They specially despised Nephi’s words against them, his older brothers.
As we read Lehi’s family history in the dessert we learn that both, Nephi and Lehi were specially blessed with vision that represented the guide given by our Heavenly Father. Lehi’s dream retains a lot of symbolic messages from God to us. His dream was a guide and a blessing for Lehi, he says, “I have reason to rejoice in the Lord because of Nephi and also of Sam; for I have reason to suppose that they, and also many of their seed, will be saved.” (1 Nephi 8:3) Here Lehi find joy in knowing that Nephi and Sam’s descendants will be able to find salvation. On the other hand he was also brought to extreme sorrow because of the wickedness of his other children, “But behold, Laman and Lemuel, I fear exceedingly because of you; for behold, methought I saw in my dream, a dark and dreary wilderness.” (1 Nephi 8:4) As we read these...