quotes tagged with 'gladness'

Everything that is true and good is always full of forgiveness.

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Source: The Brothers Karamazov, p. 347Saved by mlsscaress in christ joy forgiveness living good gladness true 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Long before Joseph Smith offered his first prayer, thousands and millions of people must have yearned, as Sarah did, for the assurance that God is not the severe, distant, impersonal deity of Jonathan Edwards but the kind, loving, and very personal God that Joseph found in the Sacred Grove. That Joseph experienced this God, that the Book of Mormon testifies of and exemplifies His tender mercies, and that all and sundry are invited and given the means to experience God’s presence in the world and in their own lives made belief in a living, personal God a potent and irresistible principle.

That God has a body of flesh and bones is not the revolutionary teaching. God’s physical form is not the point. That God has a heart that beats in sympathy with ours is the truth that catalyzes millions—that He feels real sorrow, rejoices with real gladness, and weeps real tears. This, as Enoch learned, is an awful, terrible, yet infinitely comforting truth.
Author: Terryl Givens, Source: “Lightning Out of Heaven”: Joseph Smith and the Forging of Com...Saved by mlsscaress in god josephsmith jesuschrist heart sorrow personal flesh loving rejoice deity gladness tendermercies 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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