18 August 2009

Creating Happiness

The topic of happiness has been in my thoughts lately. As I was studying, I remembered the talk President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave at last year's General Relief Society meeting and decided to refresh my memory of what he said.

What is God’s happiness? President Uchtdorf explains:

Creating and being compassionate are two objectives that contribute to our Heavenly Father’s perfect happiness. Creating and being compassionate are two activities that we as His spirit children can and should emulate….

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before….

The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create. That is your opportunity in this life and your destiny in the life to come. Sisters, trust and rely on the Spirit. As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you….

My dear sisters, I have a simple faith. I believe that as you are faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, as you draw closer to Him in faith, hope, and charity, things will work together for your good. I believe that as you immerse yourselves in the work of our Father—as you create beauty and as you are compassionate to others—God will encircle you in the arms of His love. Discouragement, inadequacy, and weariness will give way to a life of meaning, grace, and fulfillment.

As spirit daughters of our Heavenly Father, happiness is your heritage.

You are choice daughters of our Heavenly Father, and through the things you create and by your compassionate service, you are a great power for good. You will make the world a better place. Lift up your chin; walk tall. God loves you. We love and admire you.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Happiness, Your Heritage,” General Relief Society Meeting, 27 September 2008.

Below is a video that I received in an email from a friend. The original is available on YouTube on the MormonMessages channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhLlnq5yY7k.

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