Why does it seem like happiness is so hard to find? The thrill that accompanied that new job, those hundreds of Instagram likes, and even that perfect meal yesterday is already fading. So where can we find happiness that will last?
This is the secret: true happiness doesn’t come from worldly things; it comes from getting to know God and trusting His plan for you. Actually, it’s not a secret at all. Brigham Young once said:
Where is happiness, real happiness? Nowhere but in God. … Every Latter-day Saint, who has experienced the love of God in his heart, after having received the remission of his sins, through baptism, and the laying on of hands, realizes that he is filled with joy, and happiness, and consolation. He may be in pain, in error, in poverty, or in prison, if necessity demands, still, he is joyful.
As he said, finally inviting happiness into our lives by turning to God won’t keep us from experiencing pain or sorrow. However, it can give us hope that God lets us face life-changing trials to allow us to learn and grow. Because He is your Father, God knows you well and has customized a plan for you. When we trust in and faithfully follow His plan, He’ll give us every resource and assistance we need to make it through this life.
To exercise faith is to trust that the Lord knows what He is doing with you and that He can accomplish it for your eternal good even though you cannot understand how He can possibly do it. … When you pass through trials for His purposes, as you trust Him, exercise faith in Him, He will help you. That support will generally come step by step, a portion at a time. While you are passing through each phase, the pain and difficulty that comes from being enlarged will continue. If all matters were immediately resolved at your first petition, you could not grow. Your Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son love you perfectly. They would not require you to experience a moment more of difficulty than is absolutely needed for your personal benefit or for that of those you love.
Every day your life’s course is determined by decisions you make, decisions others make, and sometimes by unexpected events. What matters is what you do or don’t do to chart a course that leads you back to God. When your response to life’s opportunities and challenges is faith and trust in His plan, you’ll receive the strength you need to succeed.