Happiness is a Gift of Patience
Was asked by someone today why a specific promise given in priesthood Blessing hadnâ€™t been fulfilled. A promise of much happiness in this life had been given and most of that which he had experienced was unhappiness. I explained that in order to know what is happiness the opposite is sometimes experienced first. Else, how could happiness be understood? I used the scriptures taken from the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants to illustrate my point.
2nd Nephi 2:11
"For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility."
Doctrine and Covenants 29:39
"And it must needs be that the devil should tempt the children of men, or they could not be agents unto themselves; for if they never should have bitter they could not know the sweetâ€”"
I said to him that it was easier, not more desirable, to understand happiness by experiencing itâ€™s opposite. Then, when happiness comes to us we will be able to appreciate it more.
There are probably more and better explanations for the delay of happiness to some, but the ones I used above seemed most logical for the moment.
Tags: Patience Happiness