Choosing and Developing Joy

Choosing and Developing Happiness

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“One child observed, ‘Happiness looks like a smile that you can see in people’s eyes so that you know they really are happy.’ This child knows happiness is as simple as a smile […]

“Happiness is not only simple, but it is here for us to experience each day. Happiness is all around us. It can be as immediate as now. Some children said, ‘Happiness is a big word with flowers all around it.’ Another said it looks like ‘a rainbow.’ ‘It looks like the sun.’ We need to remember that despite all of life’s challenges, our time to be happy is now.”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
Living Happily Ever After,” April 2000 General Conference

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“A few months ago I had an opportunity to take a morning walk on a mountain trail with four of my grandchildren. We each brought a bag so we could collect treasures from nature. As we looked for pieces to put in our collection, we found many different colors, designs, and textures in the leaves and rocks. It was hard to choose. I soon noticed that the children’s bags were filling up. Each leaf the children selected was unique, but because it was late fall, most of the leaves had dark weathered spots, irregular shapes, or faded and discolored parts. Because of this, I was reluctant to add things to my bag. I was looking for a leaf that showed the brightest colors and had no flaws. If it wasn’t perfect, I wasn’t going to treasure it. But this meant that my bag had very little in it.

“Later, as I thought about this experience, I realized that I had cheated myself of much delight and happiness that could have been mine. I didn’t appreciate the uniqueness of the objects because I was looking for what I had deemed perfection. My grandchildren had been wiser than I had been. They had savored the odd shapes and spots on the leaves. They giggled at and enjoyed the brittle crispness of the dying leaves, and they delighted in the soft, faded colors. They filled their bags with happy treasures to take home. We can fail to see and enjoy the unique happiness and beauty in each day if we are so focused on our desire for what we want instead of what the Lord has designed for us.”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
Living Happily Ever After,” April 2000 General Conference

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“…Rejoice. Creation isn’t drudgery. Creation flows from love. When we do what we love, we rejoice along the way.

“If you are unhappy, if you are feeling weary, troubled, or disillusioned, may I ask you to try something? Instead of dwelling on your troubles, focus instead on creating something remarkable, something of eternal significance. Nurture a testimony, strengthen a relationship, write a family history, go to the temple, serve.”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
We Are Creators,” April 2000 General Conference

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“Are we expected to be cheerful as we do our daily work? Well, maybe not every minute of every day. Certainly we are sad and even angry at times. But we can make a decision to refrain from wallowing in our sadness or anger.”

Virginia H. Pearce, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Keep Walking, and Give Time a Chance,” April 1997 General Conference

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“Over the years, my wife and I have had the privilege of traveling on many assignments with President and Sister Hinckley. In our travels we have always found Sister Hinckley so positive and cheerful. Her enthusiastic and supportive attitude clearly lifts her husband. Often the trips have been long and tiring. Schedules may not have been ideal. Accommodations may not have been four-star, sometimes way below. But in the midst of turmoil, discomfort, or challenge, Sister Hinckley has maintained her composure and her naturally happy disposition. Each time we would step off a plane to greet the Saints at a new destination, her kind and loving spirit was contagious…
 
L. Tom Perry, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
An Elect Lady,” April 1995 General Conference

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“Years ago, when our four-month-old son had an operation, I felt forsaken and alone in a hospital waiting room. Another mother there was particularly comforting to me. She took me down the hall to meet her twelve-year-old daughter, who was suffering from leukemia. I found her to be like her mother, peacefully and cheerfully accepting this fatal illness. The girl was busy knitting dishcloths for her nurses. Her brightness helped me put my own concerns temporarily aside.

“A few days later, our little one, now at home, was much better. I received a note from this mother. The affliction had taken my new young friend back to her Heavenly Father, but before she died, she asked her mother to send me a hand-knit dishcloth.

“What a beautiful example they were to me of ‘good cheer’ even in such a difficult circumstance. They had learned to accept those things they could not change and remembered the Savior’s words, ‘Be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you’ (D&C 68:6).”

Barbara W. Winder, Relief Society General President
Finding Joy in Life”, October 1987 General Conference

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“How can we provide a climate in our lives to foster the presence of the Holy Ghost, that our lives may be more joyful? Just as a reservoir stores water to bring relief and replenish the thirsty land, so we can store experiences, knowledge, and desires to replenish and fortify our spiritual needs. Four ways may be helpful in developing reservoirs of righteousness and spiritual self-reliance. We prepare by—

  1. Developing a cheerful disposition wherein the Spirit can dwell.
  2. Learning the Savior’s will for us, that we may know our divine potential.
  3. Understanding and accepting his atoning sacrifice and repenting of our sins.
  4. Keeping his commandments and having a firm determination to serve him.”

Barbara W. Winder, Relief Society General President
Finding Joy in Life”, October 1987 General Conference

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“Do we find ourselves wishing our present experiences could soon be over, as we think we might be happier doing something else? Young mothers might think that life would be easier if the children were reared and gone, but this is an opportune time to teach gospel principles….When we think of the Lord’s eternal plan for us, do we really want no difficulty, no struggle, no adversity? For the plan is to ‘prove [us] herewith, to see if [we] will do all things whatsoever the Lord [our] God shall command [us]’ (Abr. 3:25).”

Barbara W. Winder, Relief Society General President
Finding Joy in Life”, October 1987 General Conference

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“God’s plan is a plan of ultimate joy for each of us. His principles suffice in any situation. But each one of us, young and old, must rise to her challenges in her own way. Each one of us must reach for her own joy.”

Elaine A. Cannon, Young Women General President
Reach for Joy,” April 1982 General Conference

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“Trials come in different ways at different stages of life…But whatever life offers, it is to be lived, it is to be learned from. We need to get on with it—and reach for joy.”

Elaine A. Cannon, Young Women General President
Reach for Joy,” April 1982 General Conference

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