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This book has Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE] ACE #1 In this, the most recent addition to the approved missionary personal library, Elder M. Russell Ballard explains the Church and LDS beliefs in a clear and inoffensive way. Elder Ballard discusses the Apostasy, the need for the Restoration, the Book of Mormon, the priesthood, the plan of salvation, the ArticlThis book has Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE]ACE #1In this, the most recent addition to the approved missionary personal library, Elder M. Russell Ballard explains the Church and LDS beliefs in a clear and inoffensive way. Elder Ballard discusses the Apostasy, the need for the Restoration, the Book of Mormon, the priesthood, the plan of salvation, the Articles of Faith, the Word of Wisdom, temples, missionary work, and benefits of living the gospel. Through personal experiences he reveals how the gospel has benefitted him and concludes by bearing his testimony. You can feel confident in giving this book to nonmember--or less active--friends and family....

Title : Our Search for Happiness
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ISBN : 9780875799179
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 124 Pages
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Our Search for Happiness Reviews

  • Kimberly Walsh
    2018-10-18 14:51

    I liked this book because it gave me food for thought. It was recommended to me by some Mormon friends as I was interested in their religion. It has led me to explore the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saints in more depth. There were places where I had to stop reading in order to contemplate what I read and times when I thought I was not going to finish because of what I read, however it would nag at me and I had to pick it up again. Powerful.

  • Jamie
    2018-10-25 21:47

    I really enjoy learning about different Faiths. Over the last couple of years I have made many friends who are Mormon. I admittedly do not know very much about the Mormon faith. A dear friend who is LDS has been answering my questions and sent me this book. It has been a great help in understanding her beliefs and the religion better.

  • Patrascu Mihai
    2018-10-28 14:45

    Easy to understand why we feel sometimes unhappy! :)

  • Scott
    2018-10-18 17:48

    My absolute favorite part in this is Ballard's recounting of his father's sacred experience of being visited by the Savior. Although I know these experiences are usually too sacred to be shared, it was comforting as a young missionary to be reminded that modern prophets do have these visits, such as the one the David B. Haight recollected in General Conference back in 1991 or '92. Since then I have realized that many of the members of the church have these experiences--mission presidents, institute directors, Sunday School teachers--there is no Church callng that is a prerequisite, only worthiness and the Lord's will.

  • Jessica (Books: A true story)
    2018-11-03 18:28

    I really liked that it presented the basic beliefs of the Mormon church to someone who didn't know anything about it. It was a great reminder to me of the basic doctrines and how important it is to share what I believe in a loving way with others. My favorite quote is from page 3: "Our tendency is to mistrust anything that departs from our own perception of normalcy, focusing so much attention on the things that divide us that we lose track of the many things we hold in common that should unite us." That quote was a good reminder to me look for the things I have in common with others instead of the differences. It was an uplifting and inspiring read.

  • Linda Hart
    2018-10-18 15:37

    A basic practical introduction to the beliefs and practices of the LDS church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, aka the Mormons), for members and nonmembers alike. A quick, pleasant read with some stories and principles that will stick with you regardless of your religious persuasion. A good book for non-Mormons who only want to know what we believe but have no particular interest in converting. Easy read.

  • LeeAnn
    2018-11-04 16:27

    Next to the scriptures, this little gem of a book is probably the most profound and concise explanation of beliefs held by Latter-Day Saints. It's explanations are simple, clear, and carry with them a unique sense of truth. I recommend this to everyone, whether they only seek to understand their Mormon neighbors, coworkers, and friends or are struggling to find the meaning to life.

  • Robert Snyder
    2018-10-23 13:38

    A great read for both those who do and do not belong to the LDS religion. Elder M. Russell Ballard does a marvelous job of explaining the doctrines of the LDS religion so that one who has never heard of the faith can understand its many intricacies. On the other hand, one who is a life-long member can still learn things that they did not know about before.

  • Katy
    2018-11-02 14:39

    Not what I was expecting from the title (though, the subtitle clued me in, so it wasn't a total surprise as I read it). However, I found the text a short and simple, yet powerful overview of my faith.I particularly enjoyed the examples from Elder Ballard's own life and his ending testimony.

  • Brig
    2018-11-10 16:55

    This is a great book for someone trying to get a basic understanding of Mormon beliefs. Written for individuals who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons), the book does a good job of summing up our beliefs and explaining why we believe what we do.

  • Tiffany
    2018-10-17 17:52

    I highly recommend this book to anyone wondering about the basic beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. If you are to study a faith, it is best to learn about it from its' members, rather than those who mock it.

  • Addy
    2018-11-08 19:47

    This is an excellent book portraying why members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe what they believe in a way that is understandable to the general public. I like how it doesn't push the readers to believe what we believe, but simply increases understanding, thus promoting peace and love between different belief systems.

  • Sunny Leete
    2018-11-09 16:55

    Excellent book for someone looking to understand the Mormon Faith.

  • Benjamin
    2018-10-27 14:45

    This book provides fair insight into what makes the LDS church different from others. Highly recommended for anyone to read, LDS or not.

  • Stephen Greco
    2018-10-14 13:40

    This was a great book and a very quick and easy read. I would recommend anyone who in curious about the LDS faith, or who recently join the LDS faith, to read this book.

  • Cameron
    2018-11-14 13:36

    I really like this book for a few reasons.Likes:1. It gives more of the LDS world view not just what we believe but why. 2. He gives a more detailed history not just of the Church but of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even though the Church is only a hundred or so years old the teachings and authority are much older than that and this is why it is a "restored" Church and not just a regular church. 3. Even if you don't want to read it all the Chapter on the apostasy from Christ's time up until Joseph Smith is well done and easy to understand. But the book itself is a quick read so you do not have to invest so much time into it.4. He takes risks with the reader and does not back down from our beliefs but I think he does it in a loving way trying to help others understand that when you believe in something strongly there is always risk others with disagree and that is OK.5. I also like how Ballard invites anyone who is trying to understand Mormons can write him at his office, he gives the address to reach him at the end of the book.Dislikes:1. There are a few too many stories in the book from his own life and a few, that if you do not think the church is true can come off as egotistical.

  • Daniel Impens
    2018-11-14 14:29

    In today's world many not of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints seem to be seeking for further light and knowledge even bits and pieces of faith related matters that will aid in their understanding of Gods will for us. It is not uncommon that many of these beloved sons and daughters of God have an ever increasing desire to know in greater light what they may do to follow the example of the Savior in serving their families and friends while here in mortality. After all that is part of our purpose here on the earth to see if wee shall do all things that the Lord commands us and thereby inheriting that Degree of Glory each of us is seeking. Our Search for Happiness provides insight to some beautiful Gospel Doctrine to ponder and pray about. Even if you are not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the spirit you will feel when reading this book will impress your heart and mind for good. It lays forth a foundation of the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that members of the church are blessed with. It also invites in humble fashion the invitation to gain knowledge of the Church and it's people and what they stand for in a very loving manner.

  • Kimberly
    2018-10-31 15:46

    To be honest, when I first started reading this book on my mission I thought it would be about learning how to have a better, more positive attitude and ways we could find happiness in this life. I was floored when I began reading and found out it was all about the church - how it came about, what our basic beliefs are, etc. I love it! The gospel really is the only way we find happiness in this life. I love the way Elder Ballard wrote it. It was very simple and clear - not to mention very warm and welcoming. It was also endearing how he incorporated personal experiences to illustrate a particular point or principle. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is investigating The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - and even to those who have been members for awhile. After all, it's always good to go back and refresh on the basics.

  • Julia
    2018-11-03 13:38

    A great little book whose goal is to help you in the understanding of the beliefs of followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The author doesn't state he isn't seeking conversion of non-member readers but does ask them to take a moment at the end to seek God in the truth of the content provided. The author has a wonderful way of combining personal experiences along with doctrine, which breaks up the dry tone at times. At the same time the reader receives his testimony and a much easier breakdown like the discussion of the Articles of Faith. My personal recommendation is to read Gospel Principles first as it will give you the basics to understanding. After completing the previous book I would suggest this book, Our Search for Happiness, as it answers almost the rest of questions that you may not have come up with yet for a better understanding.

  • K.Q. Webster
    2018-10-16 19:39

    This book has been on my to-read-eventually-when-I-feel-like-it shelf. Three days ago I saw it sitting there and had the prompting to pick it up and start reading. It was a quick yet powerful read. I am currently waiting on my mission call and doing everything I can to be prepared to serve. I can say this book has been a wonderful preparational tool and I'd advise anyone preparing for a mission to read this. It is written especially for those who aren't members whether they are interested in the church or simply want to understand members better. I can totally see his simple yet eloquent explanations being helpful to missionaries who are having trouble finding a good answer to certain questions that an investigator might ask. All that being said, all members should consider reading it too. It's just that good.

  • Katie
    2018-11-05 14:28

    A pretty basic overview of the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, written by one of its leaders. Elder Ballard tells anecdotes from his life and relates in very conversational terms some of the basic tenets of the church. As a member, I enjoyed getting back to basics and reaffirming my testimony in the Articles of Faith and other things I sometimes take for granted. For someone who isn't a member I think he does a great job of explaining us and our beliefs -- even clears up some common misunderstandings -- in terms understandable to just about anyone. He quotes lots of scripture, so be sure to bring your Bible (and Book of Mormon if you have one) to your LazyBoy too.

  • Tyler
    2018-10-28 16:53

    Synopsis: This book serves as an introduction to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, written by an apostle of that Church. Elder Ballard discusses the beliefs that members of the Mormon Church have in regards to the apostasy, the restoration of the Gospel, the Book of Mormon, the plan of salvation, the Articles of Faith and missionary work. My Review: This book is a near perfect introduction to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It should be required reading for members and anybody in the media who is attempting to write an unbiased article about the Church.

  • Angela
    2018-10-29 20:37

    What a great read for anyone curious about LDS religious beliefs or current members. Brother Ballard says everything so eloquently. Some parts I loved...I continue to believe that faith-real faith, whole-souled and unshakable-can be as important to a healthy, balanced life as a sturdy anchor to a ship bound for the open seas. You can never look at yourself in the same way if you know that you are a child of God and that he knows you, loves you, and cares about you. And you can never look at others dispassionately if you know that they are your eternal brothers and sisters who, like you, are here on earth trying to learn and grow through mortal experiences, both good and bad

  • Heidi-Marie
    2018-10-31 21:45

    A good book to explain some of the basic beliefs and practices of the LDS (aka Mormon) Church. I can see and I agree with why this is part of what we call the Missionary Reference Library. I think what I enjoyed most was listening to the audio, for it was read by the author and I never tire of listening to the prophets' and apostles' voices.Definitely recommended to those (especially my friends) who are curious about my beliefs--reason being the point of the book: to help them understand more of what I believe and do and why I do so.

  • Kerri
    2018-10-23 14:48

    This book took me much too long to finish. It is a very basic, simple approach to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It fulfills it's purpose well, that of explaining basic tenants and beliefs. But because it was so basic, I was bored; it was all stuff I know already. Every story I have heard so many times, every example is well used. But I would recommend it to someone who knows nothing or little about the church. I wouldn't recommend it to people who have been active, faithful members their entire lives.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-07 19:27

    I absolutely loved reading this book. While it was mostly written for the purpose of educating those not of our faith, I feel that I also gained much by reading it. Though I didn't necessarily learn anything new, I loved the sweet and simple testimony that Elder Ballard shared. I could feel the truth of his words and the Spirit that they brought with them. This would be an excellent resource to share with anyone looking for more information on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Elder Ballard's words are simple, straight-forward, and friendly.

  • Anita
    2018-11-05 15:42

    I read this book to fulfill the goal "read a book about theology". Written by an apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ (my church) to non-members (and members) to help explain what we believe and why. It is one of the few books our missionaries can read while on their missions. this was my first time reading it, and i liked its clear way of expressing things. the only fault i had was at times the author talked directly to the reader and personally, i'm not a fan of that style of writing. the content was good though and it wasn't a large difficulty level.

  • Von Sowards
    2018-10-20 17:42

    In this world we live in, individuality is one of the largest and wide spread religions. Men and women spend much, if not most of their time learning about, shaping, presenting, and defending their own individuality. This often places people on a self-righteous moral high horse. This attitude amongst people dilapidates hundreds of year of trying to build human love and unity.This is a book focuses on building cross cultural understanding and cooperation.

  • Kelly
    2018-10-22 17:54

    I read this book as part of a challenge issued by our bishop. I am so glad I took the time to read this book. Elder M. Russell Ballard does such a great job explaining the basic principles of the LDS church. I am glad to be reminded of the foundational principles of the gospel. I have an extra copy of the book and can't wait to share the book with someone who is curious about the "Mormon" church! I recommend this book to anyone who would like to know what I believe in!

  • Tyler
    2018-11-06 21:47

    Great book by Elder M. Russell Ballard and part of the missionary library. This book basically does a very good job at succinctly summing up the beliefs of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If you want to learn a little more about the Church from the source and aren't feeling up to reading the entire Book of Mormon than this book and are great places to start.