Joy and Jesus Christ

Happiness and Jesus Christ

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“ ‘There is sunshine in my soul today,” Eliza Hewitt wrote, ‘more glorious and bright than glows in any earthly sky, for Jesus is my light.’ With radiance in every note, that marvelous old Christian hymn is virtually impossible to sing without smiling. But today I wish to lift out of context just one line from it that may help on days when we find it hard to sing or smile and ‘peaceful happy moments’ do not seem to ‘roll.’ If for a time you are unable to echo the joyous melodies you hear coming from others, I ask you to hold tenaciously to the line in this hymn that reassures, ‘Jesus listening can hear the songs [you] cannot sing.’
 
“Among the realities we face as children of God living in a fallen world is that some days are difficult, days when our faith and our fortitude are tested. These challenges may come from a lack in us, a lack in others, or just a lack in life, but whatever the reasons, we find they can rob us of songs we so much want to sing and darken the promise of ‘springtime in [the] soul’ that Eliza Hewitt celebrates in one of her verses.”
 
Jeffrey R. Holland, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Songs Sung and Unsung,” April 2017 General Conference

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“For as women of God we must stand tall so that we will stand out from the rest of the world. Only in doing so may we hope to find joy. For finding joy and standing tall, not in feet or inches but as ambassadors for the Lord, are directly connected.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Stand Tall and Stand Together,” October 2000 General Conference

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“We can hear a voice of gladness that brings exclamations of hope and joy into our lives. The joy of our testimonies of the Savior can punctuate every aspect of our lives as we seek to come unto Christ.”

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

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“It is knowing and feeling the pure love of Christ that brings exquisite joy to our souls. It is knowing that forgiveness for our mistakes is possible. It is through the Atonement of the Savior, who satisfied the demands of justice and offers us mercy, that hope and joy are possible. As we draw near to the Savior, we are free from doubt and confusion.”

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

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“The Savior, Jesus Christ, showed us the way to happiness and told us everything we need to do to be happy. As we study the teachings of the Savior and thereby understand the purpose of our existence, we feel and express our happiness.”

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

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“The story of our search for happiness is written in such a way that if we continue to trust in God and follow His commandments through the challenging times, even those times will bring us closer to the happiness we are seeking. The Savior said, ‘In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33).”

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

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“The Savior isn’t our last chance; He is our only chance…Our only chance to find peace and happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Our Only Chance,” April 1999 General Conference

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“Our Heavenly Father knew we would make mistakes as we learn to make choices. He provided a Savior for us. . . . We need to know how the Atonement works in our lives and how good feelings can be regained and retained when mistakes have been made.”

Janette Hales Beckham, Young Women General President
Making Faith a Reality,” October 1997 General Conference

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“I am so grateful for the opportunity we have been given to choose between right and wrong, and I am also grateful for the opportunity to learn from our mistakes. The joy I now feel when I feel the love of Christ through my service to others and the knowledge of my worth has no comparison with my feelings of being popular in school. By now probably nobody in my junior high school remembers me, but I feel happy to know that Christ knows me and knows of my love for Him.”

Alejandra Hernandez, young woman
Draw Nearer to Christ,” April 1997 General Conference

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“…The Savior wants us to pull for the deep, to launch into the deep water, because he has treasures for us that simply don’t exist and can’t exist in the sand, the froth, and the constant activity of the beach. The Savior says, ‘If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal’. “

Chieko N. Okazaki, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
A Living Network,” October 1995 General Conference

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“As young women, we are faced with challenges, choices, and difficult situations. Many times we think we are strong enough to handle them by ourselves. We aren’t strong enough, not by ourselves at least. But if we seek with real intent and with all of our heart for help and answers, we will receive guidance and direction from the Lord. We need to allow the Lord to help us. We must trust in him and do his will. After we have done his will, we will find true joy and happiness. We will know that what we have done is right.”

Andrea Allen, young woman
Trust in the Lord,” April 1995 General Conference

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“Sisters, turn to the Lord. He cares so deeply for our happiness and our well-being. Talk with him earnestly and often, and your answers will come.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Ponder the Path of Thy Feet,” October 1993 General Conference

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“…Life is a fabulous feast of experiences just waiting for you to choose and explore. You are now hungering to know all about life, and there are many tables from which you may choose. Some choices seem good, but are harmful. Some choices are fun but don’t lead you anywhere. Some choices could destroy you. However, just as the feast on the banquet table with a variety of good food is best for our physical bodies, the best feast in life is at the table of the Lord.

“What is on the Lord’s table? Love, good fun, uplifting music, peaceful prayer, scriptures, smiles, learning, happy talk, warm hugs, good friends, and service to others. This is where eternal joy can be found.”

Michaelene P. Grassli, Primary General President
Follow Him,” October 1989 General Conference

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“My dear sisters, the daily work of the Lord involves changing hopeless to hopeful—for all of us. And it is for us to find at last that in the midst of winter we have within us an invincible summer. In a world filled with adversity we can reach for joy.”

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

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“Jesus Christ is our Savior, our brother, our friend. He is as near as we allow him to be. Our only ultimate joy and happiness is predicated upon our relationship with him. Our only peace, through disappointments, sorrow, and challenges, will come as we draw nearer unto him. With such love for our Redeemer, every difficult experience may be met with courage, acceptance, and even gratitude. His love for us is a gift beyond price. What does he ask in return? ‘Love one another; as I have loved you.’(John 13:34)”
 
Ruth Funk, Young Women General President
Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice,” October 1978 General Conference
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