If You Do These Things You Will “Always Rejoice”

4:00pm February 13, 2023

As I was reading Mosiah 4 this afternoon, I couldn’t help but notice that one ancient ruler said, “if ye do this ye shall always rejoice…” Always. Wouldn’t this mean all the time? And what does it mean to rejoice? Doesn’t that mean to be full of joy?

I believe I’ve encountered a portion of what King Benjamin described. I’ve struggled with addiction for many years, yet I have experienced great feelings of joy and gratitude as I’ve strived daily to turn toward the Savior.

The scriptures teach that through Christ all things are possible, that Jesus Christ is the light and life of the world, and that He is the Prince of Peace amongst many other things. I believe that because of Him and His everlasting atoning sacrifice, I can continue to change and experience a fuller happiness.

After many years of repeatedly doing things my way, I have only felt a sense of rejoicing when I have chosen to follow Jesus Christ, His ways, His teachings and His prophets. Even amidst trial, pain, and suffering, peace and joy can be found through Jesus Christ.

As with physical injuries, mental health conditions usually require more than simply reading scriptures or praying. However, it can be difficult for parents to differentiate between when their child is dealing with the everyday growing pains of youth and when their child is dealing with serious depressive symptoms. Generally, if your child experiences drastic changes in mood, behavior, or relationships in several different areas of life that last for more than two weeks, the problem may not be a “passing mood.” One in five children ages 13–18 lives with a mental health condition. If you feel your child may be suffering from a mental illness, talk with him or her. Offer a priesthood blessing, as they do “inestimable good.” You and your child can find peace through our Savior, who suffered “that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities” (Alma 7:12). Then also seek for professional help. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught: “If you had appendicitis, God would expect you to seek a priesthood blessing and get the best medical care available. So too with emotional disorders.”

Suicide: Myths and Facts

Suicide is a growing problem in many areas of the world, but the response to suicide in communities throughout the world is also changing for the better. There are many resources in most communities that can link those at risk for suicide to immediate help, such as hotlines. There are also training resources that can teach how to reach out and help a person at risk of suicide. It’s important to be aware of what resources are available in your community so that you can link others to help. A recent official communication to leaders of the Church in English-speaking units stated, “Members and leaders are encouraged to learn about and use trusted local resources to take advantage of formal suicide prevention training and to support community initiatives to prevent suicide.” A great place to start learning more is the Church’s website churchofjesuschrist.org/get-help/suicide
There are many national and international resources listed on this site that can direct [you] to local resources for training and prevention. The site also includes recently released videos of Church leaders and others speaking on this topic.

Suicide: Myths and Facts