He Created Us to Have Joy

October 5, 2015 

Family and Friends,
Today I marvel and smile at the wonderful opportunity it is to be a child of our loving Heavenly Father. He watches over us, he listens to us, protects us, and loves us very deeply. This knowledge brings comfort and reminds me of the importance to always feel his hand guide my everyday actions. Cherish the moments that matter most, don't over complicate things, and always press forward with great faith in Jesus Christ. These three simple "steps" have given me direction throughout the course of my mission. Revelation and faith filled words were spoken in regards to these three principles at general conference. 
Cherish the Moments that Matter Most
"God didn't design us to be sad, he created us to have joy!" - Elder Uchtdorf. If we are to be disciples of our Savior Jesus Christ we have to take joy in the small things. The precious and beautiful moments our Heavenly Father provides should be a catalyst and the fuel for us to "enjoy to the end." Trials and challenging times strengthen and fortify us, therefore we must endure them well and be deeply grateful for the Lord blessing us with trying times. 
Don't Over complicate Things
The plain and precious truth's of the gospel should fill our hearts with enlightenment. When we confuse ourselves, our conversion is hindered. When push comes to shove, living the gospel is actually quite simplistic. "As we make Christ the center of our lives, our fears will be replaced by the courage of our convictions," said President Monson. Making Christ the center of our lives is the key. By always remembering him, everything else falls into place. Who would've ever thought it boiled down to Jesus Christ. There's no magic formula to happiness, no financial income that will provide substantial happiness, and nobody who can provide the comfort, except Christ. The silver bullet to a happy life is Him.
Faith in Jesus Christ
Neil L. Anderson claimed, "Your faith will grow not by chance, but by choice." The decision is ours, it all falls upon our laps to fuel the flame of faith in our lives. Faith is a principle of action, not just belief.
I apologize for this rant, but I just love sharing what I've come to learn during this wonderful revelatory experience we shared this past week. I hope all of you are doing well.

Know that I love you with all my heart,
Elder Smith

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