Joy. Man is that he might have Joy. (2 Nephi 2:25) The Book of Mormon) So of course, that means that God intends for all of his children, men, women, and children, to experience joy, not only in this life, but in the life to come. That is His plan for us, His whole purpose in providing this life experience for us all: That we can learn all we can about this wonderful, challenging world, gain experience, including sorrow and pain and even death, and all along the way experience moments of joy!
I was blessed by my wonderful Mother and Father to be given the name of Joy as my middle name. It has been a reminder to me, a person who has a tendency to look a the negative side of things, to remember to search out the good things and blessings in life. And to appreciate them. Yes, we do need to experience the hard things and even bad or evil things at times, but this opposition is very important as it helps us to truly appreciate and enjoy the wonderful good things. Joy. Friends, family, faith, hope, charity and love. Joy.