The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Be of Good Cheer

"Brothers and sisters, these are our days. This is our time on earth!... And in these days, being of good cheer is part of being valiant in the testimony of Jesus."Neal A. Maxwell, Be Of Good Cheer, General Conference, October 1982

"Every Latter-day Saint knows that to be found in the discharge of his duty makes him a happy man, and when he is not in the discharge of his duty there is an uneasiness about him which makes him feel that something is wrong."Matthias F. Cowley, General Conference Reports, April 1902, p. 39

"Our strength and our peace and our happiness are in the Lord. In this world of trial and affliction, we have need of the comforting and qualifying assurances that come with faith in God and repentance and service to his cause. If we will acknowledge him, be thankful, serve him, love his children, and accept the responsibilities of being truly Christian, we will be happy, notwithstanding problems or troubles."Marion D. Hanks, Joy Through Christ, General Conference, April 1972

"No trial is joyous for the present but grievous to be borne; but trials yield their blessings, when patiently endured."John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol.6, p.166-7

"Let us not take the negative side of life. Very little good has been really accomplished by men who took that attitude. It is the men who assume the positive attitude in life that accomplish worthwhile things."Don B. Colton, Conference Report, October 1933, p.55

"Christ and His angels and prophets forever labor to buoy up our spirits, steady our nerves, calm our hearts, and send us forth with renewed strength and resolute hope. They wish all to know that 'if God be for us, who can be against us?' In the world we shall have tribulation, but we are to be of good cheer. Christ has overcome the world. Through His suffering and His obedience He has earned and rightly bears the crown of 'Prince of Peace.'" "The Peaceable Things of the Kingdom", Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, General Conference, October 1996

"We should seek to be happy and cheerful and not allow Satan to overcome us with discouragement, despair, or depression. As President Benson said, 'Of all people, we as Latter-day Saints should be the most optimistic and the least pessimistic' ('Do Not Despair,' Ensign, Oct. 1986, p. 2). Where sin is the cause of unhappiness, we need to repent and return to a righteous life because 'wickedness never was happiness' (Alma 41:10). 'You cannot do wrong and feel right. It is impossible' (Ezra Taft Benson, 'To The Rising Generation,' New Era, June 1986, p. 5)." "Seeking The Good", Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, General Conference, April 1992

"All who know and understand the glorious work of redemption wrought by the Lord Jesus Christ and all who know of his majesty and power and promises understand why they are to be of good cheer. They who have come to know him do not fear! They look unto him in 'every thought.' They 'doubt not,' and they 'fear not.' (D&C 6:36.) They know that he, the Lord Jesus Christ, is with them and that he will stand by them! (See D&C 6:32; 29:4-7; 32:3; 84:87-88.)" "Jesus Christ, The Son Of The Living God", Elder John M. Madsen, General Conference, April 1993

"Let me just say as a concluding thought that this is a positive gospel. We ought to be the happiest people in the world. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a great building force. It teaches people to be happy and to always wear a smile." Paul H. Dunn, "What Is a Teacher?" Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 120

"There are some things you can’t change. But either way, if you attack the problems you face, if you learn to look positively at the negatives in your life, you can become happy and successful in spite of challenges." Joe J. Christensen, "What It Takes to Be Happy and Successful," New Era, Feb. 1989, p. 48

"We need to find the abundant life as we go along. How can we be happy tomorrow if our “nows” are filled with self-inflicted unhappinesses and unwise delays? Generally speaking, those inclined to count their daily blessings have more to count because they help make more possible as they learn gratitude. A constant waiting for a brighter future may cause us to lose the beautiful today. Some spend so much time getting ready to live for an unknown future, too late they discover there is no time to live. Very often in our anxiousness for the joys of the future we run away from the very things we are wanting and needing today. An appropriate examination of the passing moment will prove it leads to eternity. We need to constantly remind ourselves eternity is in process now." Marvin J. Ashton, "The Time Is Now," Ensign, May 1975, p. 85

"Despite trials, worldly confusion, and caustic voices, we can trust in the Lord and go forward with happy hearts, knowing that with every challenge or problem, there’s the strength to go on. Why? Because we know His promises are real, that He does know us by name and has a plan for each of us. He will help us learn what it is and give us joy in doing it." Elaine L. Jack, "Charity Never Faileth," Ensign, May 1992, p. 91

"If we keep a cheerful countenance, with a smile for all, it helps to reflect our feeling of love toward all. Cultivate an attitude of optimism. A recognition and appreciation of self is important to cultivate. Keeping in mind that we are children of God should help us to feel that with this royal heritage it is most important that we make of ourselves optimistic, happy, worthy individuals. The world is full of unhappy, lonely individuals." Camilla E. Kimball, "Responsibilities to Ourselves," New Era, July 1980, p. 8

"Jesus Christ told the Twelve Apostles some of the things that can destroy our hope and make us give up: allowing ourselves to fall into temptation; not enduring affliction, tribulation, and persecution; fearing 'the cares' of the world; seeking wealth first; giving up instead of enduring to the end; and allowing false prophets to deceive us. (
Matthew 13:19-23 .)

"What gives us courage and hope?

"The Lord's invitation to each of us is 'come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.' (
Matthew 11:28 .) Jesus Christ has the power to give us rest from our pain and suffering." - Adhemar Damiani, " Be of Good Cheer and Faithful in Adversity ," General Conference, April 2005

"To be cheerful when others are in despair, to keep the faith when others falter, to be true even when we feel forsaken—all of these are deeply desired outcomes during the deliberate, divine tutorials which God gives to us—because He loves us. (See
Mosiah 3:19.) These learning experiences must not be misread as divine indifference. Instead, such tutorials are a part of the divine unfolding." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Be of Good Cheer," Ensign (CR), November 1982, p.66

"I doubt not that God lives. His providence is over his Church and over the world, and a good time is coming. I can see behind the dark clouds present, the silver lining of a better day, the glorious consummation of those precious promises that have inspired the utterances of the prophets of God from the beginning until this day, that this is but preparation for the coming of the great Son of God to live upon the earth." - Melvin J. Ballard, "Conference Report," April 1917, Second Overflow Meeting, p.120

"Get into the habit of being happy. I tell you can do it. You can say to yourself when you are awakened in the morning, 'Everything is all right,' and keep on saying it. You will be surprised to find how nearly all right the mere saying of it at the beginning of the day will really make everything right after all. This is true in business as well as in the home. Prophets of gloom are never popular, and ought not to be." - Reed Smoot, "Conference Report," October 1938, Afternoon Meeting, p.123

"Why is it that as humans we tend to emphasize the negative when there is so much to be positive about? We not only constantly criticize our children and each other, find fault, are very judgmental, and often seek out and build up people's weaknesses and failings rather than their strengths and successes, but in our own personal life-styles there are those of us who are incessant, chronic worriers. We worry about all the negative things that could happen, but usually don't, rather than positively trying to face problems with some amount of faith and hope of success." - Paul H. Dunn, By Faith and Hope, All Things Are Fulfilled, Ensign (CR), May 1987, p.73

"In all of this, I suppose it goes without saying that negative speaking so often flows from negative thinking, including negative thinking about ourselves. We see our own faults, we speak—or at least think—critically of ourselves, and before long that is how we see everyone and everything. No sunshine, no roses, no promise of hope or happiness. Before long we and everybody around us are miserable. "I love what Elder Orson F. Whitney once said: 'The spirit of the gospel is optimistic; it trusts in God and looks on the bright side of things. The opposite or pessimistic spirit drags men down and away from God, looks on the dark side, murmurs, complains, and is slow to yield obedience.' We should honor the Savior's declaration to 'be of good cheer.'" - Jeffrey R. Holland, "The Tongue of Angels," Ensign (CR) May 2007

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