"Men are, that they might have joy." I testify that much of that joy comes as we recognize that we can communicate with our Heavenly Father through prayer and that those prayers will be heard and answered--perhaps not how and when we expected they would be answered, but they will be answered and by a Heavenly Father who knows and loves us perfectly and who desires our happiness. Hasn't He promised us, "Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to they prayers"?
The purpose of mortality is to learn and to grow to be more like our Father, and it is often during the difficult times that we learn the most, as painful as the lessons may be. Our lives can also be filled with joy as we follow the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Now, brothers and sisters, I'm not encouraging religious zealotry or fanaticism. Quite the contrary! I'm simply suggesting that we take the next logical step in our complete conversion to the gospel of Christ by assimilating its doctrine deep within our hearts and our souls so we will act and live consistently--and with integrity--what we profess to believe. This integrity simplifies our lives and amplifies our sensitivities to the Spirit and to the needs of others. It brings joy into our lives and peace to our souls--the kind of joy and peace that comes to us as we repent of our sins and follow the Savior by keeping His commandments.
And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms. And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw? And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things. And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous to the soul.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring to you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ The Lord.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody... Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
The Lord, in His kindness, seeing the attitude of His children, and knowing that they would need guidance, gave us the Ten Commandments, and other commandments that have been given from time to time, to help us to find happiness. You observe people running to and fro in the world, seeking happiness but not finding it. If they would only pause long enough to accept the Lord's advice happiness would follow, but they will find it no other way.
Mark a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual... O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.
Henry David Thoreau
Of course I am thankful for all the usual things this year
The Gospel, My Savior, My Husband, My Child, family, friends, a home
but there have been additions to my list in the last 12 months that has given my life new meaning
If the day and night be such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more immortal - that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.
If we will follow the advice and counsel that the Lord has given, our pathway will be one of happiness. It will be a pathway, perhaps not of ease and comfort always, but in the end it will terminate in the presence of our Heavenly Father, and glory, immortality and eternal lives will be our portion.
These are some of the simple chords of melody that make a home harmonious and happy. Kindness, consideration, courtesy, care, laughter, unselfishness, prayer, thoughtfulness, doing things for each other, forgiving each other, sustaining each other, loving each other--these are notes that form a family symphony happily enjoyed and eternally remembered.
To be happy, I need to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.
I thought a lot about what today's quote should be in the midst of the 11th commemoration of the tragedy in New York City on this exact day. This one felt appropriate. I think we sometimes forget that to know happiness we need to know sadness and it is important to know what makes us feel bad. It is important to take time to reflect on those hard times, but more importantly it is important to reflect on them as a starting point for growth.
When we accept duties willingly and faithfully, we find happiness. Those who make happiness the chief objective of life are bound to fail, for happiness is a by-product rather than an end itself. Happiness comes from doing one's duty and knowing that his life is in harmony with God and His commandments.
The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.
Happiness is a strange commodity. It cannot be purchased with money, and yet it is bought with a price. It is not dependent upon houses, or lands, or flocks, or degrees, or position, or comforts; for many of the most unhappy people in all the world have these.
It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as possible.
The ultimate "little things," aka children, tend to show us perfectly what it means to find happiness. Have you ever watched a child spot a bird? Or play in a puddle? Or simply feel the wind against her face? It really is in the little things.
I assure you that the joy, love, and fulfillment experienced in loving, righteous families produce the greatest possible happiness we can achieve. That happiness is the foundation for a successful society.
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. They way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then had had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.
Great things are wrought through simple and small things. Like the small flecks of gold that accumulate over time into a large treasure, our small and simple acts of kindness and service will accumulate into a life filled with love for Heavenly Father, devotion to the work of the Lord Jesus Chris, and a sense of peace and joy each time we reach out to one another.
When people are deeply happy they bring a sense of purpose with them wherever they go, whatever circumstances they are in. So if they're changing the oil in the car, they bring a sense of joyful purpose even to that.
And if they are going to see one of the most delightful Broadway musicals, they certainly bring a sense of joyful purpose to that! Cheers!
Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart of a man in strong health, as color to his cheek; and wherever there is habitual gloom, there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, improperly severe labor, or erring habits of life.
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To those of you who regularly check these happy thoughts,
If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator. He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day.
W. Beran Wolfe
This is a long quote,
but it is worth reading.
Said for those who may have looked at today and thought, "Wow, too long."
There can be no genuine happiness separate and apart from the home. ... There is no happiness without service, and there is no service greater than that which converts the home into a divine institution, and which promotes and preserves family life.... The home is what needs reforming.
Do not forget no matter how much you may give in money, no matter how you may desire the things of this world to make yourselves happy, your happiness will be in proportion to your charity and to your kindness and to your love of those with whom you associate here on earth.
Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.
The more closely you follow divine guidance, the greater will be your happiness here and for eternity-- moreover, the most abundant your progress and capacity to serve. I do not understand fully how it is done, but that guidance in your life does not take away your agency. You can make the decisions you choose to make. But remember, the disposition to do right brings peace of mind and happiness.
Richard G. Scott
"The disposition to do right brings peace of mind and happiness."
...coveting, pouting, or tearing others down does not elevate your standing, not does demeaning someone else improve your self image. So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind. It is a happy way to live.
Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
As you do these things [referring to the standards discussed in the LDS "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet], the Lord will make much more out of your life than you can by yourself. He will increase your opportunities, expand your vision, and strengthen you. He will give you the help you need to meet your trials and challenges. You will gain a stronger testimony and find true joy as you come to know your Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, and feel Their love for you.
While this pamphlet has definitely experienced many changes over the years, the basic idea is the same. Live worthy of being in God's presence and you will be happy.
I know this quote isn't very "Mother's Day"-y; however, I wanted to make the connection. I have been blessed with incredible women, not just the woman who gave birth to me, who have taught me exactly what it means to be a righteous woman. From young women leaders to neighbors, friends' mothers to aunts, grandmothers to my own sister. These plus my own incredible mom, have paved the way for me to follow.
The way to find out about happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you are really happy -- not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self-analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter when people tell you This is what is following your bliss.
The greatest joys of life are happy memories. Your job is to create as many of them as possible.
The last few days have been quotes about relationships and happiness. I firmly believe we all need good relationships. Some relationships take more work, some don't. Some relationships should be cultivated, while others shouldn't. It is important to figure out how to be happy and what makes you happiest!
The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove.
The most important choice we make every day is whether we'll be happy or disgruntled about the life we live. Whatever we do, we always have the choice. Even the person working for a minimum wage at some fast food place has a choice about whether to enjoy her work and treat customers with a smile and joyful presentation, or to be grumpy and begrudge every moment. While the low paying job is a fact, the attitude we choose is a variable.