Happiness is knowing that I am a child of a loving, Heavenly Father.
Happiness is knowing that my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, paid for my sins, sorrows, griefs and illnesses, and died for me that I might live again.
Happiness is finding the answer to my gospel questions within the words of the scriptures and modern prophets and apostles.
Happiness is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and seeing the light of understanding brighten the eyes of one just beginning to learn.
Happiness is knowing that my family unit is an eternal one. Although my father passed away in March and we all miss him terribly, I know that we will be with him again.
Happiness is the camaraderie and friendship I have found within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Happiness is knowing I can turn to my Father in Heaven in prayer about anything I need further light and knowledge on, knowing that He always hears and answers prayers.
Happiness is finding a scripture, such as Alma 32:23, that speaks so deeply to your heart your step is lighter and your path brighter.
“And now, he imparteth his word by angels unto men, yea, not only men but women also. Now this is not all; little children do have words given unto them many times, which confound the wise and the learned.
Happiness is knowing that there is no one the Father will not answer. The Lord will always show the way when asked in sincere, honest prayer. Yes, this is happiness.
Happiness is the technology which allows me to search the scriptures and modern revelation and counsel with the simple tapping of keys on a keyboard.
Happiness is the freedom to attend church on a weekly basis without fear of government troops or hatred robbing me of this precious right.
Happiness is living in a nation where the free practice of religion allows me to worship according to the dictates of my own conscience.
Happiness is being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This article was originally published in October 2007. Minor changes have been made for consistency and timeliness.