Happiness does not happen by chance or luck. There is a lot you can do to create happiness in your life. I want to highlight two verses of scripture found in the Book of Mormon that touch on the subject of choosing right from wrong and the happiness that is at stake in that choice. The verses are honest and simple — that’s why I like them so much.
The first is found in Alma 41:10:
“Do not suppose… that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness.”
It doesn’t get more straight-forward than that. The small and simple truth that we discover from that verse is that it is impossible for us to sin and be happy. That is, we cannot be experiencing true happiness if we can be found with sin. Likewise, we are happier and much better off when we are found without sins.
The second verse is a message that is repeated several times throughout the Book of Mormon, and seems to be its overall message. This message is especially highlighted in Alma 50:20:
“Inasmuch as they shall keep my commandments, they shall prosper in the land. But remember, inasmuch as they will not keep my commandments they shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.”
The take-home lesson of this verse is similar to that of the first. When we do what God asks of us, and strive to keep his commandments, we are not only poured upon with blessings, but also we are naturally happier people. However, on the other hand, when we choose not to follow God’s commands and rebel against his word, we are told that we will be “cut off” of his presence. In essence, we won’t receive the blessings that we otherwise could, and we won’t be as happy of people.
Life often presents tough choices for us all, no matter our stage of life. Within these choices, we may find ourselves having a tough time discerning right from wrong, or realizing parts of the truth behind the saying, “what is right seems wrong, and what is wrong seems right.” Sometimes the evil in the world seems to be disguised. But how well is it really hiding?
At times, there is no gray area. When it comes to making decisions, it can simply come down to choosing the right and being happy because the choice brings us closer to God, or choosing the wrong and being “cut off” or distanced from the Lord for a time. I hope we will all be able to use the agency God has granted us to make the smart decisions, grow closer to God and be blessed by Him. I testify that this is the way to becoming the happiest people we can be.