happiness

Happiness ;)

“Any choice not to keep the Lord’s commandments can cause the Spirit to withdraw from our hearts. With that loss, happiness diminishes.” –President Henry B. Eyring

Vice-versa, any choice to keep the Lord’s commandments can invite His Spirit into our lives bringing to us a greater measure of happiness!

 

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Fulfillment

“Using our agency to obey means choosing to ‘do what is right [and letting] the consequence follow.’ It requires self-mastery and brings confidence, eternal happiness, and a sense of fulfillment to us.” Elder Robert D. Hales

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This to me is a highly motivating quote because if you know you haven’t been living up to your potential it tells you why it is worth it to get going again on your worthwhile goals–you will have confidence again and a sense of fulfillment leading to eternal happiness! Elder Hales article “If ye Love me Keep my Commandments” also expresses the idea that our love for the Savior is what motivates us to be obedient to his commandments. How can we then develop that love? It is a gift from God and we must first pray for His help to cultivate that love within ourselves. Then we must act upon what we receive and strive to emulate the example the Savior set for us of loving service to others. How can we better use our God-given talents to help lift others as He did? I think if we asked ourselves this question each day we would be closer to living up to our true potential. We are God’s children and He loves us and desires our happiness–I know if we ask for His help in developing our self-mastery that He can help us achieve this worthy goal!

“People of earlier times experienced solitude in ways we cannot imagine in our crowded and busy world….It is important to be still and listen and follow the Spirit. We simply have too many distractions to capture our attention, unlike any time in the history of the world. Everyone needs time to meditate and contemplate.” ELDER M. RUSSELL BALLARD

I strongly agree with what Elder Ballard has said. This is one reason I decided to start a blog in order to reflect upon some of the more important things in life and to hopefully encourage others to do the same. I often ask myself how I can make better use of my time. This question has roots in my priorities. What are the most important things in life? Family and healthy relationships are critical. How is my relationship with God and how in tune am I to His Spirit? If I want a healthy relationship with others I need to take time to revitalize my Spirit in meditation and contemplation of God’s majesty and power in my life and in His written words found in scripture. If I have too many technological attachments (i.e. TV, i-pod, radio, text-messaging, etc.) distracting me then I don’t have the quiet time needed in order to hear the quiet whisperings and feel the inspiration of the Spirit of God. Heeding this Spirit will give my life the direction needed to help me make those important decisions on how to spend my time on what’s important even critical to finding happiness and meaning in my life.

To find the full text of Elder Ballard’s talk see CES Devotional for Young Adults • May 4, 2014 • San Diego, California at the following link:

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