Today’s inspiration is drawn from “Happiness Now and Forever” by Elder Richard G. Scott of the First Quorum of the Seventy during October 1979. His profound insights into finding genuine happiness and joy in our lives offer timeless guidance for all seeking fulfillment.
Elder Scott begins with a compelling analogy: Misusing valuable resources like a grand piano or an expensive calculator for trivial purposes. Similarly, he points out that many misuse the invaluable resources of mind, body, and spirit. This misuse leads to a lack of satisfaction and meaning in life, steering people away from true happiness.
Echoing the scripture from 2 Nephi 2:25, “Men are, that they might have joy,” Elder Scott underscores that our purpose in life is to find happiness, both in the present and eternally. However, the path to this joy is often obscured by confusion and misunderstanding.
Scott uses the metaphor of magnets to illustrate how we can discern truth from error. Just as a magnet is drawn to truth and repelled from error, we have been given a conscience, or the Spirit of Christ, to guide us. However, Satan’s temptations can build barriers around our conscience, making it difficult to distinguish right from wrong.
A pivotal point in Elder Scott’s message is the role of the Holy Ghost. This divine gift is described as more sensitive and powerful than our conscience, offering pure truth and divine counsel. Obtaining this gift involves sincere prayer and a genuine desire to find and embrace the truth.
Elder Scott advises that through study, prayer, and obedience, one can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and receive the Holy Ghost. This process is likened to asking and receiving divine help, as mentioned in Doctrine and Covenants 4:7.
God’s plan, as outlined in the gospel, is presented as the perfect blueprint for happiness. Elder Scott emphasizes that we should judge ourselves not by our current capabilities but by our potential under the Lord’s influence. This perspective encourages us to rely on God’s power to meet life’s challenges.
Prayer is highlighted as the key communication link with God, with answers often coming through the Holy Ghost. Elder Scott stresses the importance of being alert to these promptings and developing self-mastery and a willingness to accept change.
Salvation is described as a process of constant growth and improvement. Elder Scott warns against the spiritual poison of doubt and encourages readers to first act in faith, which then leads to greater knowledge and assurance.
Happiness is not merely found but created, with love at its center. Its main ingredients are faith, repentance, obedience, and selfless service. Just as a magnet is drawn to truth, individuals can find the kingdom of God on earth through faith and prayer.
The post concludes with a call to action, inviting readers to seek the restored truth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It encourages seeking knowledge through the Book of Mormon and living its principles to find enduring happiness. Link to the original: Happiness Now and Forever
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