Joy

January 27, 2021 01:00 PM MST
When I was little, I begged my parents to let me stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve. I wanted to experience that magical moment when the old year passed, and the moment when a new year began. Sometimes they would humor me and set the clocks forward so that we could “ring in” the new year at 8:00 p.m. As I’ve grown older, I’ve struggled to stay awake until midnight but have had ample opportunities to witness the dawn of the new year. I have to say, it’s not as dramatic as my young, innocent brain imagined it to be. For sure, there are hugs and kisses and glasses of sparkling apple cider, but in reality, it’s just one moment going into the next. Even so, I believe many of us stayed up late on December 31, 2020, at the very least to bid good riddance to what had been a very difficult year. Almost all have looked forward to 2021 to be a better year than the previous. Truly, I hope it will be. But I’ve also discovered that a change in circumstance, like one year passing to another, does not automatically make things better.
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November 25, 2020 01:00 PM MST
Throughout his service in the Church, President Nelson has helped us to find joy and gratitude in every circumstance. Here are a few of his teachings on the topics, excerpted from the book Teachings of Russell M. Nelson. This article was originally published by LDS Living in November 2018.
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June 25, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
When I was about 13 years of age, a new family moved into our ward. They had a 12-year-old son. He and I had some things in common. He was the oldest in his family; I was the oldest in my family. He had an alpha male personality; I had an alpha male personality. But perhaps the thing we had most in common was a very strong dislike for one another. I don’t know why—we didn’t even know each other well enough to be enemies. Yet it was true that we did not get along at all.
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April 27, 2020 06:17 PM MDT
If you met the prophet on the street, how would you react? This is a question that popped into my head as I watched the newest Book of Mormon video about the well-known story of Alma and Amulek.
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By  Emily Abel
September 20, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading of Galatians. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Livingfor additional resources and suggestions.
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By  Emily Abel
June 01, 2019 09:42 AM MDT
After explaining the concept of FOMO (fear of missing out) to my dad, he laughed and said, “Yeah, at my age, I’m pretty much over that.” Then he paused for a minute and said, “Or am I?”
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April 09, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
I like to ask people the question, “What does joy look like in your life?” Sometimes they think I’m asking for a definition of joy and they’ll parrot back something like “Joy is a feeling of happiness” or “Joy is a state of being successful and knowing all is well in your life.” But when I press a little further—when I emphasize that I want to know how they, personally, experience joy in their own life— that’s when the answers get interesting.
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By  LDS Living
November 27, 2018 08:38 PM MST
In case you haven't heard the exciting news, the prophet and apostles are now using Instagram to share Christ's lightand reach members of the Church in new ways.
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June 02, 2018 01:36 PM MDT
When the prophets said the gospel would go to the ends of the earth, they meant it. Guiuan, Samar, a small town in the Philippines, was the farthest away from anywhere that I had ever been. I was approaching the last five months of my mission when I was told that I was transferring to Guiuan, a nine-hour trip by bus and jeep from the mission home. This area was generally known throughout the mission as “outer darkness” because it was so far away from anything. I came to learn that the name held true for a lot of things about Guiuan. I also learned some of the greatest lessons of my life while I was there.
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April 12, 2018 07:37 AM MDT
Amy Willoughby-Burle is a devout Christian mother and a writer. Check out her new book, The Lemonade Year, at Deseret Book stores or on deseretbook.com.
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February 23, 2018 06:22 PM MST
Tiana Swank shares how she learned that even amidst life's greatest trials, we are meant to have joy, and that happiness is something we have to choose.
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January 16, 2018 10:00 PM MST
We all have difficult, challenging, painful experiences in life. Though never pleasant, these experiences can teach us perspective, love, humility, endurance, patience, and ultimately, how to be more like God.
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November 17, 2017 06:53 PM MST
"I have to say, one of the most surprising things about last year was that there were elements of joy," Piano Guys' Jon Schmidt says in a video on Facebook. "You would never guess that when you go through hard times."
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By  LDS Living
September 01, 2017 12:52 PM MDT
Life is rarely easy. And usually, right when we feel we finally have reached a point of comfort, we have to move onto the next, unfamiliar stage of life. However, even if life can be unpredictable, we know there is also a promised joy that comes with living life the best we can.
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August 25, 2017 03:24 PM MDT
Even amid the day-to-day struggles of being a mother, there are ways we as members of the Church can find joy always.
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August 02, 2017 01:00 PM MDT
When the Church released the Christmas video "A Savior is Born" in December 2015, LDS teen Annie Weight noticed it repeated the word "rejoice" several times. She was touched by its hopeful message and felt inspired to live a more positive lifestyle. "Throughout the Christmas season and the beginning of the new year, I thought a lot about joy, what it meant to others, and what it meant to me," said Weight. "After a lot of thought, I decided that I wanted to be happier with my life and I decided to start keeping a list of all the things in my life that made me happy."
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July 11, 2017 10:30 PM MDT
I remember the day quite clearly. I had had a rough week caring for my four little boys. It was Saturday. And my sweet husband said to me, "Why don't you go have fun? I'll take care of the kids." I thought that was a stellar idea. I got in the van (which I lovingly call "The Mother Ship") and sat.
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June 24, 2017 01:07 PM MDT
I learned to hold dear my covenants after experiencing their loss through excommunication.
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June 16, 2017 06:18 PM MDT
Sharing the words of Elder Richard G. Scott, Elder Soares said enduring happiness comes from “what you are, not what you have.”
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By  LDS Living
March 20, 2017 03:36 PM MDT
When we face difficult trials and try to overcome them, sometimes the last thing that comes to mind is focusing on joy. But in a recent Facebook post, President Russell M. Nelson gave the perfect example of how focusing on joy can help us.
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March 11, 2017 01:00 PM MST
One late August afternoon years ago when I lived in Connecticut, I was driving on one of the innumerable semi-rural roads flanked by endless trees. The summer light accented the trees, creating highlights of green so vivid that my eyes could scarcely take in the view.
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By  LDS Living
December 13, 2016 03:28 PM MST
While Christmas time can be the "happiest season of all," it can also be a solemn reminder of loved ones who have passed on, lost employment opportunities, or many other challenges and heartaches.
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Fun
December 12, 2016 03:00 PM MST
If you're a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, chances are you've at least heard about the lights on Temple Square each Christmas season. Surrounding the glowing temple, trees light up in red, green, and orange, and Christmas cheer fills the cold winter air.
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November 19, 2016 01:50 PM MST
Anyone could use a good dose of hope, and children are our perfect example. In his book Look Up, My Soul, Gerald N. Lund shares a story he heard in sacrament meeting of how God bolstered a child's faith and hope over something as "trivial" as popcorn.
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October 05, 2016 04:30 PM MDT
Here are four tips Elder Holland shared to build a happier life now in the September issue of the Ensign. Number four definitely surprised me:
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September 03, 2016 12:00 PM MDT
Here are six simple reminders that might help you find a little more happiness even in trying times.
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By  LDS Living
August 11, 2016 01:28 PM MDT
For those of you looking for a short pick-me-up, something to remind you to stand strong and smile even in your struggles, you need to read this message from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
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March 21, 2016 03:58 PM MDT
After suffering from a bipolar disorder so severe she couldn't get out of bed some mornings, Josie Thompson set out on a task, to ask 444 people what motivated them to get out of bed every morning. Her story soon traveled around the world, allowing her to travel to different countries asking people "what brings you joy?"
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March 10, 2016 08:40 PM MST
As members of the Church, it can be hard to remember all of the things we are supposed to do in our callings and with our families. But this one simple truth is easy to remember, "Men are that they might have joy!"
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February 14, 2016 10:40 PM MST
Conference Talk: For more information on this topic read "Have We Not Reason to Rejoice?" (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Ensign, Nov. 2007, 18-21)
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August 14, 2015 02:39 PM MDT
In a newly renovated Marriott Center on the Brigham Young University campus, more than 2,000 graduates and their supporters gathered for commencement exercises on Thursday afternoon.
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July 29, 2015 08:14 PM MDT
MR says: Are there ways we could be sabotaging our own happiness without even realizing it?
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