What is Pleasing unto God


I may be a blogger, but I spend most of my writing time working on my Young Adult novels. No matter what I write, however, I want my writing to conform to a common set of goals and values: my writing mission statement, if you will. One of the scriptures I consider part of that writing mission statement is found in the Book of Mormon, in 1 Nephi 6:5:

“Wherefore, the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write, but the things which are pleasing unto God and unto those who are not of the world.”

One reason this scripture is important to me – I’m sad to report – is that I am inherently sensitive to criticism. Just like I want everyone to like me, I want everyone to like what I write.

Impossible, you say? I agree. After all, the only reason pretty much everyone enjoys – or at least endures – drinking water is because water is nearly tasteless.

So, rather than trying to please everyone with what I write, I am aiming to please the One who matters most.

Easier said than done, of course. The voices (perceived or real) of experts, critics, and even friends and family easily crowd my ears, mind, and heart. In addition, God isn’t always vocal about what He wants me to write. And even when I do hear His quiet voice, often manifested in subtle feelings of peace and joy, that voice is often overshadowed by thundering self-doubt and self-criticism.

That said, my ultimate goal is to turn the following statement into truth: What I write is pleasing unto God.

Now, this blog post isn’t really about me, nor is it about writing.

Because what if we decided to strive to make the following statement true?

What I do is pleasing unto God.

And if we took it even one step further:

Who I am is pleasing unto God.

For one, I think God would be very pleased with us.

Ps. Please send me a link to this post when I receive my first one-star review on Amazon. (It might take a while since I need to get my novels published first!)


  1. I love reading your blog! You always know how to express thoughts and feelings in a great way. This is why I am a reader and not a writer:) I really admire that you are able to write on your novels and at the same time be a mom of two!! I need to learn from you because right now I feel like all I have time to do is take care of the kiddos and make food and keep the house looking ok. Oh and I guess there is a deck project somewhere in the mix too:)

    • angelicahagman says:

      Thanks, Josse! The only reason things work out ok around here is because of your dear brother. Plus, a lot of stuff just doesn’t get done! =) P.s. Your deck looks awesome!

  2. Having had the privilege to read a couple of your novels, I can attest that you are doing the right thing! I’m excited for your current book project. Keep up the good work.

  3. Thanks for some really good thoughts. I also like 1. Nephi 6:5, important to apply this to our thoughts, words (both the spoken and the written), and actions.

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