Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Article of Faith Thirteen

The last Article of Faith declares,

"We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul- We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and  hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, a past president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, was known for his uplifting and optimistic eternal perspective on life. He counseled,

"There is a terrible ailment of pessimism in the land. It's almost endemic. We're constantly fed a steady and sour diet of character assassination, faultfinding, evil speaking of one another. . . .I come . . . with a plea that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I'm suggesting that we accentuate the positive. I'm asking that we look  a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment virtue and effort. . . .What I am suggesting and asking is that we turn from the negativism that so permeates our society and look for the remarkable good in the land and times in which we live, that we speak of one another's virtues more than we speak of one another's faults, that optimism replace pessimism. Let our faith replace our fears. 
Tragedy is around, yes. Problems everywhere, yes. But you can't, you don't, build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen. . . . Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine. The Lord's plan is a plan of happiness. The way will be lighter, the worries will be fewer, the confrontations will be less difficult if we cultivate a spirit of happiness."

What are the things you seek? Answering this question honestly has the power to motivate true change in order to obtain the happiness the Savior has made possible for us. Seeking requires effort on our part. We can actively create and uphold virtuous, lovely, good, and praiseworthy things in life. All of this takes discipline and great measure of integrity. It really is who we are when no one is looking. It is what we think about, work for, and give our best efforts to obtain. I have found that when I create and highlight the virtuous and true things in life and from the Savior's teachings, my life has more direction and peace. Living the gospel of Christ is not a pastime or trend. It is not a come and go way of living. It is the only way. Our Heavenly Father is merciful and loving and has provided a way for us to enjoy all of the good and real things that truly make a difference in life now and in all eternity. It is our privilege to share, uphold, cultivate and create all the good, virtue, and truth we can as we faithfully and diligently make our way back to our Father in Heaven.

I invite you to let go of, or stop one negative action or pursuit in your life and replace it with something that would lift you to a place of more peace and righteous living. As a child of God, you will have his divine help as you do this. A happy life is a beautiful choice.

Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 

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