Friday, January 2, 2009

God's Plan of Pleasure?

A few years ago my my Aunt and Uncle were missionaries in Montana. They took notes at a church conference when a President Oakey spoke. They sent their notes in an e-mail message which I have saved. He spoke on coveting and said that 'if envy were a fever, all the world would be ill." And, then stated "God's plan is not the plan of pleasure. It is the plan of Happiness."

I thought that that was worth pondering and praying about.
I am not a pleasure seeker --- and don't often have those opportunities anyway. The reminder that I need is that I have the same access to happiness as does everyone else. Isn't that a sweet way to start the new year?


  1. That is a sweet way to start 2009, and I wish you much happiness in 2009.

  2. Here’s a million dollar question – If you were to die right now, would you qualify for the celestial kingdom? If you’re like most Mormons, you’re not sure. You try hard to be as good as possible, but you still don’t know if you’ve done enough. If the Book of Mormon is really scripture, this hope will always elude you. Alma 11:37 says God cannot save you in your sins. Are all of your sins forgiven? Moroni 10:32 says you must be perfected in Christ, which can only be done by denying yourself of “all ungodliness”. Have you done that? Do you repent on a regular basis? If so, then it is clear that you sin on a regular basis, since only those who break the commandments need to repent. 1 Nephi 3:7 states that you are able to keep His commandments. In fact according to D&C 25:15, you are required to keep them continually! Since you haven’t done this so far, why assume you will in the future? Of course, we should all try to be holy; but if you think that sinning less will qualify you to live in God’s presence, you are mistaken (Gal 3:1-11). The assumption that good works are required for forgiveness only cheapens Christ’s atonement, making it nothing more than a partial payment. God chooses to justify us by faith. Jesus alone does the “perfecting” (Heb 10:14). God gives peace to those who trust in Him alone. If you don’t have this peace, it’s probably because at least a part of you trusts in yourself. Questions? Visit us at

  3. I came across your blog from a message board I frequent and want to let you know that I enjoy reading your thoughts and quotes. You have touched on alot of things that alot of members are weary of and would rather not talk about. I admire your courage to "fight the good fight" and I thank you! Happy New Year!

  4. There are many pearls of wisdom shooting tangentially from that good quote. The whole "gay marriage" battle boils down to just that nugget. There is no happiness in false pursuits.

    What a difficult lesson we all must learn.


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