A few chapters back we learned that “wickedness never was happiness” (Alma 41:10). In this chapter, Captain Moroni defines for us what happiness is, using the fascinating phrase, “the maintenance of the sacred word of God.” Or in other words, keeping God’s commandments.
When we purchase an automobile, it usually comes with an owner’s manual. Inside the owner’s manual we can find a maintenance schedule that tells when we should have certain components of vehicle checked, serviced or replaced to keep it running at its best. Sacred writings are the owner’s manual for life. They tell us how to work on ourselves to keep our spiritual engines running smoothly. If we perform for ourselves “the maintenance of the sacred word of God” it will bring us the happiness that the gospel promises us. Let us refer regularly to our “owner’s manual” so we can perform the necessary scheduled maintenance for ourselves.