Being Happy

Being Happy

This isn’t specifically an answer to questions I’ve heard about Mormonism, but it is very important. Everyone wants to find happiness. People sometimes try to find it in material possessions, their jobs, their positions, or any variety of places. People look high and low for happiness, and some people never find it, though they achieve great things.

True happiness comes from knowing God, and living in accordance with His divine will. Some people, in their search for happiness, ask themselves “why am I here on earth?”, or “where will I go when this is all over?” These are eternal questions that man-kind has asked for a long, long time.

If you think on these questions you’ll realize that they are fundamentally linked to our relationship with God. God sent us here to earth for a reason, and the desire to understand that purpose is deep within each of us. When we find the answers, we can find more peace, and more happiness.

So what does God want us to do on this earth? Why are we here? And where exactly are we going after this life is through? Some of the most important things we have to do on this earth have to do with how we affect other people. Our loved ones, our children and spouses, parents and grand-parents, are all part of our purpose here on earth. By doing everything we can to serve and love them, we will find more happiness in this life.

God also wants us to draw close to Him personally. We are here, each of us, to learn how to overcome challenges, to learn and to grow. God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to set an example for us to follow, and it is His will that we become like His Son (See Romans 8).

After this life, we will all return to that God that create us and gave us life (See Alma 11:42-43). We will have an opportunity to look back on our lives, and understand what we did and did not do. Jesus Christ will also be there, and He will act as a great Mediator for each of us with the Father, so that we can all recieve a measure of glory thanks to the precious gift of the Son.

If you have any questions about Mormonism, or would like answers to any specific questions you might have, please feel free to let me know.

Mormon advice for rough times?

People often see certain aspects of the Mormon faith and are lead to ask “what advice can Mormons give during rough times?” Rough times might include periods of unemployment, family troubles, difficulty raising children, or personal trials. One thing is certain: we will all face our own “rough times” at some point in our lives.

Prepare in advance for rough times

One of the best pieces of advice that one might observe in the Mormon faith is the principle of “preparing” for rough times. This is not just a material concept, it is also a spiritual and emotional one. We “prepare” spiritually by pushing ourselves to learn and grown, even when times are good. It is easy and natural to turn to God when things are hard, but you “prepare” by turning to Him all the time.

You can prepare spiritually and emotionally by doing simple things each day. Read your scriptures- for you it might be the Bible or another holy book. It might be motivational books for you at this point. Whatever it is, read a little each day, and take the inspiration those things provide into your daily life.

Another simple daily thing you can do to prepare “spiritually” is to give adequate attention to your family life. We all know the quote that tells us how much we won’t regret missing that extra hour at the office when we’re gone, but how much pain it will give us to know that we missed precious time with our families. Spend time each day, perhaps in the morning and evening, talking with your family. Make it a habit, and have everyone be involved. Set aside additional time once a week for a special outing, dinner, or other family-centered evening.

Preparing Materially

Mormons call this “temporal” preparation. “Temporal” simply means all things related to our physical needs, or the sustanance of our bodies. One thing Mormons are famous for is food storage. You don’t have to run out and buy a years supply of food. In fact, most Mormons don’t start this way either! Buy a little extra food each shopping trip, perhaps some canned goods, that you know you’ll use. It ads up fast, and every extra can you buy is security for your family. Read more on my food storage page for links and more ideas.

Be Happy

I think most people feel that being happy is a result of pleasant happenings in our lives. Happiness, it seems, is a state that we are in when things are going our way. I disagree with this thought, and propose that being happy is a choice. There are ample examples of people who, in spite of the worst conditions, are happy. This includes people from every walk of life. There are also ample examples of people who are sad, in spite of having every material comfort imaginable.

Mormon advice for rough times? Be happy! Thank God for all the good things that you have, and all the bad things that you don’t have to deal with. No matter how bad you have it, someone else has it worse. No matter how alone you feel, Christ was more alone, and suffered more. He understands, and can help you through those times.

If you want to learn more about any of these subjects, just let me know. You can email me using the Ask a Question page.

Video Easter Message

An Easter Message

Watch and then share the following video, “Easter Message—None Were with Him,” in which Elder Jeffrey R. Holland describes the Savior’s solitary journey to overcome sin and death and testifies of the resulting blessings to all mankind.

For those who are feeling lost, lonely, or like life is too difficult, this message may be just for you. Watch it, and keep in mind this Easter season the great and lasting sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for each of us.

Your questions and comments are welcome.

Easter is coming soon; How do Mormons Feel about Easter?

How do Mormon’s feel about Easter?

Easter is possibly one of the most important holidays to the Mormon’s. At Easter, the world celebrates Christ’s ressurection. The ressurection of Christ is more than just his rising from the dead on the third day- His triumph over death started in the garden of Gethsemane, where he suffered for the sins of the world. On Easter, we celebrate Christ’s life, suffering, death and ressurection.

Easter is a time when Mormon’s, and many other Christians, feel a deep gratitude for what Jesus Christ did for them personally. Without His sacrifice, we would have no hope on this earth. We realize that everyone falls short, and that only in and through Christ can we be saved in the eternities.

Mormon Easter Pageant

Easter is the celebration of a most sacred and singular event. One way that Mormon’s celebrate and remember that event is through an Easter pageant, which plays out the King James version of the story of Easter.

The pageant is the world’s largest annual outdoor Easter pageant. It has been ongoing since 1928, and has a cast of over 400 people. It includes live animals, a spectacular stage, and is viewed by tens of thousands each year.

You can read more about that pageant on LDS.org.

You can read a good synopses of the Mormon Easter pageant here.

You can understand how Mormon’s feel about Easter by reading this article. Here is a bit of it:

Those who hated Jesus thought they had put an end to Him forever when the cruel spikes pierced His quivering flesh and the cross was raised on Calvary. But this was the Son of God, with whose power they did not reckon. Through His death came the Resurrection and the assurance of eternal life. None of us can fully understand the pain He bore as He prayed in Gethsemane and subsequently hung in ignominy between two thieves while those who looked at Him taunted Him and said, “He saved others; himself he cannot save” (Matt. 27:42; Mark 15:31).

With sorrow unspeakable those who loved Him placed His wounded, lifeless body in the new tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. Gone was hope from the lives of His Apostles, whom He had loved and taught. He to whom they had looked as Lord and Master had been crucified and His body laid in a sealed tomb. He had taught them of His eventual death and Resurrection, but they had not understood. Now they were forlorn and dejected. They must have wept and wondered as the great stone was rolled to seal the burial place.

The Jewish Sabbath passed. Then came a new day, a day that ever after was to be the Lord’s day. In their sorrow Mary Magdalene and the other women came to the tomb. The stone was no longer in place. Curiously they looked inside. To their astonishment the tomb was empty… [continue reading]

Questions about Mormon Easter Celebrations?

If you have additional questions, feel free to ask them on this website.

Mormon General Conference Follow-Up

The 179th annual Mormon general conference is past now, but the video archives of the general conference are available for all to view:

Mormon General Conference Archive

You can view the video of the conference, which is translated for listening in many languages, if you want to see what was talked about during the general conference.

My Personal Experience With General Conference

As is often the case with general conference, I personally was able to take away many good things to think about in my own life. Many of the general conference speakers touched on thoughts of Easter, which is centered around the life and death of Christ, and the sacrifice that He made for each of us.

Another topic that was touched on was the current trials and troubles that we are facing in the world today. The speakers at the general conference gave an interesting perspective on the issues. Instead of focusing on the problems that we face today, or focusing on how we might find comfort or solice, the speakers focused on the problems that human-kind have faced in the past.

When we look at our problems today in many places, which include job-loss, financial ruin, wonder and worry about the future, etc., it is easy to feel self-pity for our situation. But when you compare our current situation and suffering against the backdrop of history, it is hard to complain at all. In one true story that was shared, we heard of a mother who was displaced from her home after WWII, and was forced to walk a 1000 mile journey alone with her children.

Each of that woman’s children died during that march, either of cold or of hunger, or both. She burried them with her bare hands, alone. When you consider what people have gone through on this earth, and remained faithful, it is hard to feel justified in doubting, fearing and dispairing at our current situations.

One thing that is also important to understand is that, no matter where we are, there is always someone worse off that we can help. We should reach out to these people, and help them in their journey. If we have any ability to help, we should do it. And many times, even when it seems like we have nothing left to give, at those times, if we do give, we find that we have so much more than we ever understood.

If you have watched the conference, and have questions, please let me know on this website. Also, feel free to ask other general questions about Mormonism, or the Mormon general conference.