Elder Scott explains that as you continue to center your mind and heart in the Lord, He will help you have a rich and full life no matter what happens in the world around you.
[MUSIC] Is it difficult to have a happy life when things around you are deteriorating? Frustration can cause despair and loss of hope. You wonder if the storm clouds will ever give way to sunshine and happiness.
Much of the world is being engulfed in a rising river of degenerate filth with the abandonment of virtue, righteousness, personal integrity, traditional marriage, family life. Despite pockets of evil, the world overall is majestically beautiful, filled with many good and sincere people. God has provided a way to live in this world and not be contaminated by the degrading pressure spread throughout it.
Paul wisely taught, "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." We should emulate Joshua, "Choose ye this day whom yet will serve. As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord." Jesus taught, "Be patient in afflictions, for they shall have many, but endure them. For lo, I am with thee."
God's eternal purpose is for you to be successful in this mortal life, no matter how wicked the world becomes. Finally, this pattern of success. Come into Christ and be perfected in Him. Deny yourselves of all ungodliness and love God with all your might, mind, and strength that by His grace, ye may be perfect in Christ.
I know that the plan of happiness can lift and bless those who live it, anywhere.