Sunday, November 9, 2008


( in front of the SLC temple 2005)
I have to say how grateful I am for religion and to be able to go to a church of my choosing. I am grateful for all that I feel my religion offers me. I love going to church every week and feeling uplifted. Here were a few of today's highlights.
How to Find Lasting Happiness instead of counterfeit:
Ask is this real?
Does this really matter?
Are my motives pure?
It our choice to be happy, or our choice to be miserable. It's something we decide.
I was really blown away by this talk. Last night I was having a pity party for myself and My dear friend the Good Neighbor said almost the exact same thing to me. I know that Heavenly Father speaks to me through my friends. I truly believe that He sticks people in my life and inspires them to say exactly what I need to hear at the time. I really sit up and pay attention when He makes sure I hear it more than once. It must be a message that I really need. OK, I choose to be happy!
The other great thing I heard today was this:
A member of the bishopric was counseling a young couple about to be married. He said to them in every marriage there are 4 little words that need to be spoken often, lovingly and tenderly. With these 4 little words you will eliminate fighting and just be a happier couple. They are " We can't afford it".
I loved that because that's something I need to work on telling myself. My husband says those words as he's breathing. It's so important to not have debt and so hard. I'm thankful for a husband with great financial self restraint. In a day of economic tsunami so to speak, it really is better to just hang onto your money. The three things we were told to ask ourselves before we make a purchase are:
Can we afford it?
Do we want it?
Will it affect our devotion and testimony?
I am grateful for leaders who are wise and inspired. I am grateful to feel really happy today for the first time in a long time. It's amazing how you can decide to tell yourself to do something and then just do it.


monique(moki) said...

what an awesome post! And you should know that even though a lot of what I was saying was based on things I've done, a lot of words were not mine. They were coming from somewhere else ;) Love you!

arianabanana said...

That is an awesome post. You made some VERY good points. That's stuff I need to take to heart myself.