Pleasure vs. Happiness

I think we all have our vices- The one thing that we look forward to getting, we can hardly wait for it, we know our life will be so much better if we could just have one… And when we finally acquire this thing, the excitement kind of dies off rather quickly.

“In this day of counterfeits, adulterations, and base imitations, the devil is busier than he has ever been… in the manufacture of pleasures… and these he offers for sale in most attractive fashion, falsely labeled, ‘Happiness.’ …He puts up the stuff in bright-colored packages, tied with tinsel string and tassel; and crowds flock to his bargain counters, hustling and crushing one another in their frenzy to buy.

Follow one of the purchasers as he goes off gloatingly with his gaudy packet, and watch him as he opens it. What finds he inside the gilded wrapping? He had expected fragrant happiness, but uncovers only an inferior brand of pleasure, the stench of which is nauseating” (Elder James E. Talmage)

“Real joy and happiness come from living in such a way that our Heavenly Father will be pleased with us. In section 52 of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord tells us he will give us “a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations” (D&C 52:14). That pattern is the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness, the gospel which we are so blessed to have.” (Elder Eugene W. Hansen)

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