I see that sometimes we live everyday waiting for a miracle to take place in our lives, waiting for the happiness to come and find us or trying to find happiness .in this search for happiness we tend to ignore what we have. we often forget what we must do in order to be happy , Joseph Smith told us: Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God.
The more faithfully we keep the commandments of God, the happier we will be.and this is true, as true is that our Redeemer lives.
I remeber this talk by apostle James E. Faust he told us the story of a man, named ali hafed, this man sold everything to go and search for some diamons, at the end it turn out that the diamonds had been all the time right in front of him, in the house that he sold to go in his journey. that is what happens to people most of the time.
President Faust told us that pleasure is often confused with happiness, it is indeed. But I know for my own experiende that wickedness was never happiness. The consequences of sin are devastating, I regret all the moments of my life were I couldnÂ´t understand all this, when I thought I knew it all and didnÂ´t need to be told what to do. I thought I was happy, now I know that wasnÂ´t even close to happiness. Repentance is a painful path.
as I said first we expect a miracle to happen sometimes, not realising all the simple things that are miracles, as the Miracle of forgiveness through the atonement of Christ. I am infinitely grateful for the sacrifice that our Savior JesusChrist did.
Isaiah 55: 3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
sometimes after I realise the mistakes in my past, I think I will never be worthy of the blessings promised in my patriarchal blessing.. I donÂ´t know though. But I try to think positive and I often remeber this : Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Currently I am a Young Womans leader and I hope I can do my best job , I wanna help them live a life that they wonÂ´t regret in the future. to tell them the importance of being worthy of entering into the Holy temple.Does this makes me a hypocrite? to teach them what I didnÂ´t have the courage to do?
Well, I hope not. In summation, I know the healing power of the atonement of Christ. Satan tries to make us feel misserable and that forgiveness is no posible , I think it is possible.
"our search for happiness largely depends on the degree of righteousness we attain, the degree of selflessness we acquire, the amount and quality of service we render, and the inner peace that we enjoy"
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