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I hope that in sharing this, I might be able to uplift someone who’s walking where I’ve walked. Please take what you can from it, and share it with those you know who need it most.

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)

Why Wait for a Windfall?

“Your future is not determined by the conditions around you. It is determined by your faith, your choices, and your efforts… You don’t have to be carried along in the current of the times. The Lord can and will help you set your own course. The challenges you face will serve to strengthen you as you move forward with your life. Each of you has a bright future, a future you cannot now fully comprehend.

Elder Wirthlin said: “If we approach adversities wisely, our hardest times can be times of greatest growth, which in turn can lead toward times of greatest happiness.”

There are no better days than these days, because “these are [your] days” (Helaman 7:9). You are here on earth at this time for a reason. You have what it takes. You have skills, knowledge, and natural talents given to you from God. If you live righteously, you will have access to the inspiration and strength you will need to triumph over any challenge you face. You will have the protection of a worthy life; guidance from the Lord through the Holy Ghost and prophets, seers, and revelators; and the power of sacred promises that are yours because you keep your covenants.

Take these things that are yours and have a great life!” (Make Yours a Great Life)