So the other day I went to buy groceries.
It’s quite the ordeal.
This time I got creative and carried Nora in a front carrier, rather than cram things around her in the cart.
Carmen behaved and got her “goodie” and said hi to everyone we passed.
Then it was time to put the groceries away.
I was starving by this point…(Never a good idea to go shopping when hungry…)
But I saw this beauty in the pantry as I was reorganizing:
It was leftover from our AMAZING dessert we made. Oreo Truffles. Enough said.
We melted chocolate and dipped oreo and creamcheese balls and viola, most amazing things ever.
I’m going to repeat it for company so they can think we’re cool and stuff. haha.
Anyway, as I ate this chocolate bar I remembered something:
“You can never get enough of what you don’t need, because what you don’t need doesn’t have the power to satisfy you.” –As quoted by Dallin H. Oaks.
This great quote was in my dad’s planner, and I remember him showing it to me when I was young.
That was it.
Chocolate doesn’t have the power to satisfy my hunger.
Sure, it’s good.
Yeah, it will make me happy for a minute.
But I’ll still be longing for something more.
More satisfying, more nutritious.
I think we can all fall into this.
What is the stuff we don’t need?
We are always wanting more.
Let’s just get rid of it, and focus on what really matters.
FROM DALLIN H. OAKS
“One of the greatest of all God’s revelations is Father Lehi’s teaching that “men are, that they might have joy.” (2 Ne. 2:25.) Joy is more than happiness. Joy is the ultimate sensation of well-being. It comes from being complete and in harmony with our Creator and his eternal laws.”
“The opposite of joy is misery. Misery is more than unhappiness, sorrow, or suffering. Misery is the ultimate state of disharmony with God and his laws.”
“Joy and misery are eternal emotions whose ultimate extent we are not likely to experience in mortality. In this life we have some mortal simulations, which we call happiness or pleasure and unhappiness or pain.”
“Much of the misery encouraged by Satan comes from losses. Satan experienced that kind of misery when he lost his first estate. Now he tries to inflict similar losses on those who have proceeded to mortality, the second estate. Satan encourages a loss of virtue, a loss of integrity, a loss of reputation, a loss of ideals, a loss of wholesome associations, and even a loss of life.”
“In contrast, those who yield to the enticing of Satan may, as the scripture says, “enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” (Heb. 11:25), but that kind of pleasure can never lead to lasting happiness or eternal joy.”
“Brothers and sisters, old and young, I plead with each of you to remember that wickedness never was happiness and that sin leads to misery. Young people, do not seek happiness in the glittering but shallow things of the world. We cannot achieve lasting happiness by pursuing the wrong things. Someone once said, “You can never get enough of what you don’t need, because what you don’t need won’t satisfy you.”
“There is no lasting happiness in what we possess. Happiness and joy come from what a person is, not from what he or she possesses or appears to be.”
“Righteousness fosters righteousness. The effects of righteous examples are felt for generations to come. Good parenting produces youth who make good parents. Just as many of us have been strengthened by the noble examples of our pioneering ancestors in many lands, so the righteous choices and sacrifices of our day can bless our families and our friends and our nations for all the years to come.”
“I testify to you of the lasting happiness and ultimate joy of those who exercise faith in God and keep his commandments. I urge each of you to seek the joy that comes from keeping the commandments of God and exerting a righteous influence for the benefit of those we love.”
Whoa, he nailed it. He always does.
I love that this is for the youth, because they are always in need of true happiness.
They have it rough, and we need to teach them what brings real joy.
We’re all still learning the things in life that fill us with that “satisfying” feeling.
For me, it’s the temple. It’s quality family time. It’s getting a good scripture study in. It’s taking a walk outside and enjoying nature. It’s the things that God commands us to do that brings real, lasting happiness.
It’s impossible to be happy and sin. The scriptures tell us that. It may endure for a season, but we will be left empty.
We need the real stuff in order to feel satisfied.
Not just a chocolate bar.
Check out the full talk, it’s a great read!! Come on, you know you need a little gospel study today.. 🙂
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