Cheerfulness vs. gloominess in religion

“I do not believe in a religion that makes people gloomy, melancholy, miserable and ascetic …Is there anything gloomy in the works that God has made? Turn where we will, we see harmony, loveliness, cheerfulness, and beauty …It is the corruption of the world, that has made men unhappy; and the corruption of religion that has made it gloomy: these are the miseries entailed by men, not the blessings of God. Talk about gloom! Is there gloom in the warbling of the birds, in the prancing of the horse, in the playfulness of the lamb, or kid; in the beauty of flowers, in any of Nature’s gifts…?”

–Pres. John Taylor, 1852

On a totally separate though somewhat related note, if you haven’t had a chance, see the series of blog posts on Goodly Pearls blog about Living a Happier Life.

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