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"To those who respond to its teachings, the gospel brings the joy which passeth all human understanding. The light of virtue, temperance, human relations through the righteous dominion of the priesthood, high educational resolve, and the sanctity of the home are but a few of the solid influences that signal unto mankind that truth, dignity and righteousness are his normal heritage if he will but accept them." — Alvin R. Dyer, "BYU Speeches of the Year," March 15, 1966

"We are indeed a covenant-making people. I hope and pray that we are also a covenant-keeping people. Unspeakable joy, indescribable blessings and associations with those that we love await all who receive the covenants of God and who endure to the end, faithful and true." — Elray L. Christiansen, "Conference Report," April 1955, p. 30

"Learning the things of God and the things of eternity brings joy of a special and lasting kind, because our deepest hunger is to understand the things of God and to learn to be like him." — Chieko Okazaki, "Sanctuary," Deseret Book Co., 1997, p. 104

"Indeed it is a source of joy to us, to know, that all the prophecies and promises which are contained in them, which have not been fulfilled, will come to pass. The saints may lift up their heads and rejoice, for their redemption will soon be perfected. Soon the curtain of heaven will be unfolded, as a scroll is unfolded after it is rolled up, and they will see their Lord face to face. In view of these coming scenes, they may lift up their heads and rejoice, and praise his holy name, that they are permitted to live in the days when he returns to his people his ever-lasting covenant, to prepare them for his presence." — "Evening and Morning Star," Vol. 1, April, 1833

"Heaven's morning, with the joy and knowledge of hope and progression beyond the grave, is breaking in upon the lives of men. The notion that in this life only we have hope in Christ, we do not accept, for 'if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.'" — Charles A. Callis, "Conference Report," April 1945, p. 47

"How important it is to know the purpose of our existence. Man is that he might have joy, and that joy will come to us as we keep God's commandments! (Jacob 5:75.)" - Lynn A. Mickelsen, "Eternal Laws of Happiness," Ensign, Nov. 1995, p. 78

"Professional advancement, increased income, bigger homes, or newer cars and recreational equipment do not bring lasting peace and happiness. Happiness comes from understanding God and knowing that He has a plan for our eternal joy and peace. Happiness comes from knowing and loving the Savior and living our lives in accordance with His teachings. Happiness comes from strong family and Church relationships based on gospel values." - M. Russell Ballard, "The Essential Role of Member Missionary Work," General Conference, April 2003

"Joy comes when we have the Spirit in our lives (see Alma 22:15). When we have the Spirit, we rejoice in what the Savior has done for us." - Quentin L. Cook, "Rejoice!" Ensign, November 1996, p. 28

"The most difficult thing for us seems to be to give of ourselves, to do away with selfishness. If we really love someone, nothing is too difficult for us to do for that individual. There is no real happiness in having or getting unless we are doing it for the purpose of giving it to others. Half the world seems to be following the wrong scent in the pursuit of happiness—many think it consists of having and getting and being served, when really happiness is found in serving others." - N. Eldon Tanner, "The Great Commandments," Ensign, July 1980, p. 4

"The Lord has promised that he will help us in our pursuit of happiness if we will trust in him and follow his path. The abundant life will be ours if we rely on his strength. If we will... share our talents every day, Satan will have no power over us, and our Heavenly Father's strength will make all righteous things possible. Ammon, in his comments to his brother Aaron in the twenty-sixth chapter of Alma, verse 12, points to a way of life that brings security: 'Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things;... for which we will praise his name forever.' All we need to do to enjoy eternal, happy lives is to live the gospel of Jesus Christ." - Marvin J. Ashton, "Love of the Right," Ensign (CR), June 1971, p.30

"Not many have seen the Savior face to face here in mortality, but there is no one of us who has been blessed to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost after baptism but that may have a perfect assurance of His existence as though we had seen. Indeed, if we have faith in the reality of His existence even though we have not seen, as the Master implied in His statement to Thomas, even greater is the blessing to those who 'have not seen, and yet have believed' (John 20:29), for 'we walk by faith, not by sight' (2 Corinthians 5:7). Although not seeing, yet believing, we rejoice with joy unspeakable in receiving the end of our faith, even the salvation of our souls (see 1 Peter 1:8-9)." - "Teachings Of Presidents Of The Church: Harold B. Lee," p.37

"You will experience greater joy in life as you eradicate adult-onset pessimism and substitute childlike optimism. Optimism is a virtue that allows us to see God's loving hand in the details of our life. A favorite hymn counsels, 'Count your many blessings; see what God hath done.'" - Anthony D. Perkins, "The Great and Wonderful Love," Ensign, November 2006

"Striving for happiness is a long, hard journey with many challenges. It requires eternal vigilance to win the victory. You cannot succeed with sporadic little flashes of effort. Constant and valiant living is necessary. That is why patience and faith are so often associated in the scriptures. You must 'withstand every temptation of the devil, with [your] faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.' (Alma 37:33.) But remember, faith is not a magical formula. It requires that you make a deliberate decision to do good and then carry out your decision. Do it. Simply do it, and do it long enough that you experience success, no matter how hard it may seem. Your victory over self brings communion with God and results in happiness—lasting and eternal happiness." - Jack H. Goaslind, "Happiness," Ensign (CR), May 1986, p.52

"My dear brothers and sisters, aren’t the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and our membership in His Church great reasons to rejoice?

"Wherever you live on this earth and whatever your life’s situation may be, I testify to you that the gospel of Jesus Christ has the divine power to lift you to great heights from what appears at times to be an unbearable burden or weakness. The Lord knows your circumstances and your challenges. He said to Paul and to all of us, 'My grace is sufficient for thee.' And like Paul we can answer: 'My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me' (2 Corinthians 12:9)." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Have We Not Reason to Rejoice?" General Conference, 6 October 2007

"In the Book of Mormon, Nephi speaks often of delight. He delights 'in the things of the Lord,' 'in the scriptures,' and 'in the great and eternal plan' of our Father in Heaven (see
2 Nephi 4:15–16; 11:2–8). Notably, Nephi often remembers his sources of delight in the midst of affliction, serving to lift and focus his spirit on eternal blessings.

"We too should delight in the things of the Lord for it will 'lift' our hearts and give us cause to 'rejoice' (2 Nephi 11:8)." - Susan W. Tanner, "My Soul Delighteth in the Things of the Lord," General Conference, April 2008

"Find happiness in ordinary things, and keep your sense of humor." - Boyd K. Packer, "Do Not Fear," Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.77

"Even though our yoke is tiny compared to His, the bearing process is the same. Still, some of us puzzle over the full meaning of the words, 'For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light' (Matthew 11:30). True, as John wrote, 'his commandments are not grievous' (1 John 5:3). Likewise, God is quick to bless us immediately in one way or another (see Mosiah 2:24). But the most profound relief waits to be claimed: our afflictions can be 'swallowed up in the joy of Christ' (Alma 31:38). Only then the yoke and its burdens truly are eased." - Neal A. Maxwell, "If Thou Endure It Well," p.3

“The crowning attribute that leads to joy is love of God. Even that first look in the mirror can be more enjoyable knowing we are created in his image. Each of us can say, as did the Apostle, ‘Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance’ (Acts 2:28; see also Ps. 16:11).” - Russell M. Nelson, “Joy Cometh in the Morning,” Ensign (CR), November 1986, p. 67

“While teaching at BYU in 1978, Brother Dennis Rasmussen applied and was selected to study at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. In the opening session, as he gave his name and university, Rabbi Muffs boomed, ‘You’re the Mormon! … Do you pay your tithing?’ ‘Yes,’ he answered. ‘Do you pay it with a joyful heart?’ ‘I believe,’ the rabbi said, ‘that joy is the essence of religion. There is nothing more fundamental to religious living than joy. … I am working on a book about joy.’ Brother Rasmussen responded, ‘There’s a passage in the Book of Mormon … , ‘Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.’’ Rabbi Muffs was profoundly touched and exclaimed, ‘I’ve found the text I’ve searched for all my life … in the Book of Mormon.’ Turning to Brother Rasmussen he said, ‘Say it again, but not so fast.’ As he repeated the familiar words, the rabbi’s eyes glowed in appreciation of this great truth he understood but had not heard so succinctly expressed.” - Lynn A. Mickelsen, “Eternal Laws of Happiness,” Ensign (CR), November 1995, p. 78

To make ourselves happy is incorporated in the great design of man's existence. I have learned not to fret myself about that which I cannot help. If I can do good, I will do it; and if I cannot reach a thing, I will content myself to be without it. This makes me happy all the day long.” – “Teachings Of Presidents Of The Church: Brigham Young,” p. 183

"Why are we such a happy people? It is because of our faith, the quiet assurance that abides in our hearts that our Father in Heaven, overseeing all, will look after His sons and daughters who walk before Him with love and appreciation and obedience. We will ever be a happy people if we will so conduct our lives. Sin never was happiness. Transgression never was happiness. Falsehood in word or behavior never was happiness. Happiness lies in obedience to the teachings and commandments of God our Eternal Father and His Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "What Are People Asking about Us?" Ensign (CR), November 1998, p. 70

You want happiness? Find ways to serve. Your happiness will be commensurate with the service you render. - Robert L. Backman, "As I Have Loved You," Ensign (CR) October 1985

Our wise and loving Father in Heaven is concerned for the welfare of his children. He desires to see us happy. The very purpose of our lives can be defined in terms of happiness. The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it.” (History of the Church, 5:134.) - Jack H. Goaslind, "Happiness," Ensign (CR) April 1986

These are the signposts along life's highway which if followed will lead any man to do the Lord's will, to know his Son, the Redeemer of the world, to know whom is eternal life. And while we are gaining this great knowledge which leads to immortality, we find the greatest joy in mortality that can be experienced by the human soul. - David O. Mckay, "Conference Report," October 1950, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p.111

We are living in our “once upon a time.” We are experiencing a mortal probation now during our turn on earth. In our premortal existence, “all the sons of God shouted for joy” (Job 38:7) as we accepted the great eternal plan of happiness. We happily anticipated coming to earth to experience opportunities to grow spiritually. “Men are, that they might have joy” (2 Ne. 2:25). The opportunity is here and now to obtain happiness that extends beyond our earth life; however, we need to know what it is and where to find it. - Coleen K. Menlove, "Living Happily Ever After," Ensign (CR) May 2000

No one needs to feel alone on the road of life, for we are all invited to come unto Christ and be perfected in Him. Happiness is the purpose of the gospel and the purpose of the redeeming Atonement for all men. - Benjamin De Hoyos, "True Happiness," Ensign (CR) November 2005

But despite all we can do, we cannot have a fulness of joy in this world or through our own efforts. (See D&C 101:36.) Only in Christ can our joy be full. This is why the angel proclaimed: “I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

“For unto you is born this day … a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10–11.) - Dallin H. Oaks, "Joy and Mercy," Ensign (CR) November 1991

I love the gospel of Jesus Christ, for it defines the way we can partake of the fruits of the gospel, experience the "exceedingly great joy" (1 Nephi 8:12) that only it can bring, and endure to the end through all of the challenges of mortal life. The gospel teaches us all we need to know to return to live with our Father in Heaven as resurrected and glorified beings. May all of us maintain in our minds the vision of eternal life. May we be diligent in following the recipe for eternal life that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. May we endure to the end. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.  - L. Tom Perry, "The Gospel of Jesus Christ," Ensign (CR) May 2008

My dear brothers and sisters, my message for you today is that there is a different path than ones of fear and doubt or self-indulgence—a path that brings peace, confidence, and serenity in life. You can’t control all of the circumstances of your life. Things both good and challenging will happen to you that you never expected. However, I declare that you have control of your own happiness. You are the architects of it. - Gérald Caussé, "We Are the Architects of Our Own Happiness," CES Devotional, January 2012

Unless the way we live draws us closer to our Heavenly Father and to our fellowmen, there will be an enormous emptiness in our lives. It is frightening for me to see, for instance, how the life-style of so many today causes them to disengage from their families and their friends and their peers toward a heedless pursuit of pleasure or materialism. So often loyalty to family, to community, and to country is pushed aside in favor of other pursuits which are wrongly thought to be productive of happiness when, in fact, selfishness is so often the pursuit of questionable pleasure which passes so quickly. One of the differences between true joy and mere pleasure is that certain pleasures are realized only at the cost of someone else's pain. Joy, on the other hand, springs out of selflessness and service, and it benefits rather than hurts others. - "Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball," p.88

Only as we seek to be purged of selfishness and of concern for recognition and wealth can we find some sweet relief from the anxieties, hurts, pains, miseries, and concerns of this world. In this manner, as President J. Reuben Clark said, we can bring “to flower and fruitage the latent richness of the spirit.” God can not only help us find a sublime and everlasting joy and contentment, but He will change us so that we can become heirs of the kingdom of God. - James E. Faust, "Heirs to the Kingdom of God," Ensign (CR) May 1995

What a wonderful, warm, and reassuring thing it is to know that the primary objective of the very God of heaven is “the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39), or, in other words, our eternal happiness and joy. Sometimes I wonder if we really appreciate what that means and how it should affect our lives. We must give adequate attention to the doctrines of happiness—real happiness, infinite and eternal. They should be the objective of everything we teach in the Church and of everything we do. - M. Russell Ballard, "Answers to Life's Questions," Ensign (CR) May 1995

If you can think of the greatest real joys that have ever come to you in this life, then think of the next life as a projection of this one with all the purposeful things multiplied, enlarged, and even more desirable. All in these associations of our lives here have brought to you development and joy and growth and happiness. Now when life ends, we shall return to a situation patterned after our life here, only less limited, more glorious, more increased joys. - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Cause Is Just and Worthy," Ensign (CR) May 1974

Note that to be without God in the world—in other words, to refuse to live His gospel and therefore lack the companionship of the Spirit—is to be in a state contrary to the nature of happiness. The gospel of Jesus Christ is, in fact, the—note that this is singular, meaning it is the only—“great plan of happiness” (Alma 42:8). If you opt for any other way of life or try to live only the parts of the gospel that seem convenient, such a choice will cheat you of the full, resplendent joy and happiness for which you were designed by our loving Father in Heaven and His Son. - Marcus B. Nash, "The Great Plan of Happiness," Ensign (CR) November 2006

And then he gave us the real key to joy and happiness. He said: "But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come." (D&C 59:23.) Peace comes as the Father witnesses unto us his divine approval of the things that we are doing. This peace is a basis of real joy and happiness, and it comes to us through the gospel of Jesus Christ. - James A. Cullimore, "Conference Report," October 1967, Afternoon Meeting, p.45

Joy and misery are eternal emotions whose ultimate extent we are not likely to experience in mortality. In this life we have some mortal simulations, which we call happiness or pleasure and unhappiness or pain. In the midst of these emotions is suffering. Some suffering comes from our own sins or those of others, but much suffering is simply an inevitable part of the mortal condition, like an accidental injury. - Dallin H. Oaks, “Joy and Mercy,” Ensign (CR) November 1991

The pleasant future belongs to those who properly use today. 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. - Marvin J. Ashton, “The Time Is Now,” Ensign (CR) April 1975

This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now. - Thomas S. Monson, “Finding Joy in the Journey,” Ensign (CR) October 2008

I believe that as we deepen our understanding of the Savior, we will have an increased desire to live joyfully and a conviction that joy is possible. Consequently, we will have a greater ability to go about each day with more enthusiasm for life and for keeping the commandments of God, even in challenging circumstances. - José A. Teixeira, “Seeking the Lord,” Ensign (CR) April 2015

While man is struggling to achieve security and independence, he should also realize that happiness and joy can be his. The Prophet Lehi, speaking under the inspiration of the Lord, taught his sons that "men are, that they might have joy." (2 Ne. 2:25.) This joy could come from performing unselfish acts for others, a life filled with love for fellowmen, the rewards that come from honest toil, from a home where love and kindness abide, the peace and tranquility that come from observing the commandments of the Lord. - Henry D. Taylor, "Conference Report," April 1968, Afternoon Meeting, p. 32

We must serve the Lord and honor Him; we must be pure in our thoughts, in our words, in our conduct, and seek to be in communion with Him and honor Him continually. If men do that, they will have joy in this life. We will have a taste of heaven before we get there; in fact, we will have a little heaven here—and it is a good thing to have it commence here. If we get a little taste of it here, we will have a good deal of faith in the heaven of the future. - Francis M. Lyman, "Conference Report," April 1910, Overflow Meeting., p.32

As the Savior’s latter-day disciples, we come unto Him by loving and serving God’s children. As we do, we may not be able to avoid tribulation, affliction, and suffering in the flesh, but we will suffer less spiritually. Even in our trials we can experience joy and peace. – Robert D. Hales, “‘Come, Follow Me’ by Practicing Christian Love and Service,” Ensign (CR) November 2016

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