Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

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gleness of heart, that thy fasting may be per fect, or in other words, that thy joy may be  full. Verily this is fasting and prayer; or, in  other words, rejoicing and prayer.
4 And inasmuch as ye do these things, with  thanksgiving, with cheerful hearts, and coun tenances; not with much laughter, for this is  sin, but with a glad heart and a cheerful coun tenance; verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do  this the fulness of the earth is yours: the beasts  of the fields, and the fowls of the air, and that  which climbeth upon the trees, and walketh  upon the earth: yea, and the herb, and the  good things which cometh of the earth, wheth er for food or for raiment, or for houses or for  barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for  vineyards; yea, all things which cometh of the  earth, in the season thereof, is made for the ben efit and the use of man, both to please the eye,  and to gladden the heart: yea, for food and for  raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen  the body, and to enliven the soul.
5 And it pleaseth God that he hath given all  these things unto man: for unto this end were  they made, to be used with judgment, not to ex cess, neither by extortion: and in nothing doth  man offend God, or against none is his wrath kin dled, save those who confess not his hand in all  things, and obey not his commandments. Be hold this is according to the law and the proph ets: wherefore trouble me no more concern ing this matter, but learn that he who doeth the  works of righteousness, shall receive his re ward, even peace in this world, and eternal  life in the world to come. I the Lord have [p. 202]
gleness of heart, that thy fasting may be perfect, or in other words, that thy joy may be full. Verily this is fasting and prayer; or, in other words, rejoicing and prayer.
4 And inasmuch as ye do these things, with thanksgiving, with cheerful hearts, and countenances; not with much laughter, for this is sin, but with a glad heart and a cheerful countenance; verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this the fulness of the earth is yours: the beasts of the fields, and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees, and walketh upon the earth: yea, and the herb, and the good things which cometh of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards; yea, all things which cometh of the earth, in the season thereof, is made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye, and to gladden the heart: yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body, and to enliven the soul.
5 And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man: for unto this end were they made, to be used with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion: and in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments. Behold this is according to the law and the prophets: wherefore trouble me no more concerning this matter, but learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness, shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come. I the Lord have [p. 202]
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