26 August 2009

Ultimate Happiness

It's so interesting to me that in our society today, "happiness" and "fulfillment" are seen as being completely separate from marriage--and actually, marriage and family responsibilties are often characterized as deterents to happiness!

Our Heavenly Father understands best what constitutes happiness. His plan of happiness includes the opportunities for us, as His children, to achieve ultimate happiness--a happiness that is inextricably tied to being married, raising a family, and experiencing the best and worst of what mortality has to offer. He ordained marriage and family life.

President Spencer W. Kimball said that it was "normal" for us to want to be married and live as families.

Honorable, happy, and successful marriage is surely the principal goal of every normal person. Marriage is perhaps the most vital of all the decisions and has the most far-reaching effects, for it has to do not only with immediate happiness, but also with eternal joys. It affects not only the two people involved, but also their families and particularly their children and their children’s children down through the many generations.

President Spencer W. Kimball, “Oneness in Marriage,” Ensign, Mar 1977, 3.
And Elder David A. Bednar speaks of the ultimate happiness that we can achieve through marriage:

As a husband and wife are each drawn to the Lord (see 3 Nephi 27:14), as they learn to serve and cherish one another, as they share life experiences and grow together and become one, and as they are blessed through the uniting of their distinctive natures, they begin to realize the fulfillment that our Heavenly Father desires for His children. Ultimate happiness, which is the very object of the Father's plan, is received through the making and honoring of eternal marriage covenants.

Elder David A. Bednar, "Marriage Is Essential to His Eternal Plan," Ensign, June 2006, 86 (emphasis added).

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