Why do we spend so much time at church and church activities?
21 And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another.
The bishop gave a lesson on happiness and gratitude.
Do we focus on the beautiful things or the weeds that spring up. The weeds need to be taken out, but we take them out to have beauty. If we fail to pay attention to the beauty, then it efforts on the weeds is not as valuable.
16 And it came to pass that as Ammon was going forth into the land, that he and his brethren met Alma, over in the place of which has been spoken; and behold, this was a joyful meeting.
17 Now the joy of Ammon was so great even that he was full; yea, he was swallowed up in the joy of his God, even to the exhausting of his strength; and he fell again to the earth.
18 Now was not this exceeding joy? Behold, this is joy which none receiveth save it be the truly penitent and humble seeker of happiness.
41 And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.
2 Nephi 5:26-27
26 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did consecrate Jacob and Joseph, that they should be priests and teachers over the land of my people.
27 And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness.
What is the manner of happiness? Being industrious, serving, following God's instructions in the commandments and covenants.
“The Creator of the seas, sands, and endless stars is reaching out to you this very day! He is offering the grand recipe for happiness, peace, and eternal life!
“To qualify for these glorious blessings, you must humble yourself, exercise faith, take upon you the name of Christ, seek Him in word and deed, and resolutely ‘stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places.’” (President Dieter F Uchtdorf, Living the Gospel Joyful, October 2014 General Conference)
“Do you devote sufficient time and creativity to bringing happiness to your marriage and family?”(President Dieter F Uchtdorf, Lord, Is It I, October 2014 General Conference)
What does your default or resting face look like?
Joint High Priest/Elders Quorum
The best wood comes from trees that grow in groves. It is straight as it fights for sunlight. The unnecessary branches fall off or do not grow at all. Those branches would make knots in the wood.
How many knots in us fall off as we fully participate at church? How many flaws never started at all because of our association and work together?
Even though there are many great strengths that come from being in congregations, we must be focused on making our roots deep and not rely on being anchored by the rest of the forest.
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
“If every husband and every wife would constantly do whatever might be possible to ensure the comfort and happiness of his or her companion, there would be very little, if any, divorce. Argument would never be heard. Accusations would never be leveled. Angry explosions would not occur. Rather, love and concern would replace abuse and meanness.” (President Gordon B Hinckley, “The Women in Our Lives”, October 2004 General Conference)
Some days your spouse may not have it in them to meet you halfway or give fifty percent of effort to the relationship and you may have to put in 75 or even 100 percent. Thus, we need our basic daily effort to be 75 percent, not 50.
If we can make an effective marriage we can be effective at any relationship.