“Men Are That They Might Have Joy”

2 Nephi 2:25–26

25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
26 And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given.

President Russell M. Nelson said:

“Clearly, Lehi knew opposition, anxiety, heartache, pain, disappointment, and sorrow. Yet he declared boldly and without reservation a principle as revealed by the Lord: ‘Men are, that they might have joy’ [2 Nephi 2:25]. Imagine! Of all the words he could have used to describe the nature and purpose of our lives here in mortality, he chose the word joy!”

(“Joy and Spiritual Survival,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 82.)