Wednesday, March 23, 2011

How To Be Happy

     Where does happiness really come from? How can we find lasting happiness? Those can be hard questions to find answers to with everything in the world today. Sometimes we try to find it through money or possessions, but that is not the way. So then where can we find it?
     In the Book of Mormon we read, "Wickedness never was happiness. (Alma 41:10)" That is about as straightforward as it gets if you ask me. When we disobey God's commandments we aren't happy. Another thing we can understand from this is that righteousness always is happiness. When we choose to follow Christ and to do what he would have us do, we are truly happy.
     We see examples of this throughout the scriptures but I have one particular favorite. After Christ appeared to the people in America, everyone united in their efforts to follow him and we see the blessings that come to them because of their obedience to God.
     "And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people. And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God." (4 Nephi 1:15-16

     It is clear to see that when we follow the commandments and do what our Heavenly Father wants us to, we find true happiness just as the people here. It isn't always easy but if we will "give away all [our] sins" and try our best to follow Christ, we will experience true and lasting happiness.
I know that this is true and you can too. Pray about it and give it a try. I promise that as you follow Christ you will feel more happiness throughout your life.

1 comment:

  1. Great post! We all have different ways of being happy. Mine is spending few minutes on a happy place at home. It's a small space that I had spiritual art hanging on its walls.

    Hope this helps!