This week has been a great week, full of
adventures as always the time is flying by.
As I was studying this
morning, reading the Ensign for last month that has the talks from
General Conference the Talk from President Uchtdorf stood out to me,
when he told the story of the young girl who went to live with her great
aunt and learned how to be happy. I have learned the truth of this
story out here on the mission, I know it is true with all my heart, and I
want to share what I have learned with you through this talk as well,
because if we are being honest, he speaks a whole lot better than me :) ...
“But,” Eva said, “you can’t just flip a switch and go from sad to happy.”
“No, perhaps not,” Aunt Rose smiled gently, “but God didn’t design us to be sad. He created us to have joy!3
So if we trust Him, He will help us to notice the good, bright, hopeful
things of life. And sure enough, the world will become brighter. No, it
doesn’t happen instantly, but honestly, how many good things do? Seems
to me that the best things, like homemade bread or orange marmalade,
take patience and work.”
Eva thought about it a moment and said, “Maybe it’s not so simple for people who don’t have everything perfect in their lives.”
Eva, do you really think that my life is perfect?” Aunt Rose sat with
Eva on the overstuffed sofa. “There was a time when I was so discouraged
I didn’t want to go on.”
“You?” Eva asked.
Rose nodded. “There were so many things I wished for in my life.” As
she spoke, a sadness entered her voice that Eva had never heard before.
“Most of them never happened. It was one heartbreak after another. One
day I realized that it would never be the way I had hoped for. That was a
depressing day. I was ready to give up and be miserable.”
“So what did you do?”
for a time. I was just angry. I was an absolute monster to be around.”
Then she laughed a little, but it was not her usual big, room-filling
laugh. “‘It’s not fair’ was the song I sang over and over in my head.
But eventually I discovered something that turned my whole life around.”
“What was it?”
Aunt Rose smiled. “I discovered faith. And faith led to hope. And faith
and hope gave me confidence that one day everything would make sense,
that because of the Savior, all the wrongs would be made right. After
that, I saw that the path before me wasn’t as dreary and dusty as I had
thought. I began to notice the bright blues, the verdant greens, and the
fiery reds, and I decided I had a choice—I could hang my head and drag
my feet on the dusty road of self-pity, or I could have a little faith,
put on a bright dress, slip on my dancing shoes, and skip down the path
of life, singing as I went.” Now her voice was skipping along like the
girl in the painting.
Rose reached over to the end table and pulled her well-worn scriptures
onto her lap. “I don’t think I was clinically depressed—I’m not sure you
can talk yourself out of that. But I sure had talked myself into being
miserable! Yes, I had some dark days, but all my brooding and worrying
wasn’t going to change that—it was only making things worse. Faith in
the Savior taught me that no matter what happened in the past, my story
could have a happy ending.”
“How do you know that?” Eva asked.
Aunt Rose turned a page in her Bible and said, “It says it right here:
“‘God … will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no
more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more
pain: for the former things are passed away.’”4
Rose looked at Eva. Her smile was wide as she whispered, with a slight
quiver in her voice, “Isn’t that the most beautiful thing you’ve ever
It really did sound beautiful, Eva thought.
Rose turned a few pages and pointed to a verse for Eva to read: “Eye
hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of
man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”5
such a glorious future,” Aunt Rose said, “why get swallowed up in past
or present things that don’t go quite the way we planned?”
furrowed her brow. “But wait a minute,” she said. “Are you saying that
being happy means just looking forward to happiness in the future? Is
all our happiness in eternity? Can’t some of it happen now?”
“Oh, of course it can!” Aunt Rose exclaimed. “Dear child, now is part of eternity. It doesn’t only begin after we die! Faith and hope will open your eyes to the happiness that is placed before you.
“I know a poem that says, ‘Forever—is composed of Nows.’6
I didn’t want my forever to be composed of dark and fearful ‘Nows.’ And
I didn’t want to live in the gloom of a bunker, gritting my teeth,
closing my eyes, and resentfully enduring to the bitter end. Faith gave
me the hope I needed to live joyfully now!”
“So what did you do then?” Eva asked.
exercised faith in God’s promises by filling my life with meaningful
things. I went to school. I got an education. That led me to a career
that I loved.”
thought about this for a moment and said, “But surely being busy isn’t
what made you happy. There are a lot of busy people who aren’t happy.”
can you be so wise for someone so young?” Aunt Rose asked. “You’re
absolutely right. And most of those busy, unhappy people have forgotten
the one thing that matters most in all the world—the thing Jesus said is
the heart of His gospel.”
“And what is that?” Eva asked.
“It is love—the pure love of Christ,” Rose said. “You see, everything else in the gospel—all the shoulds and the musts and the thou shalts
—lead to love. When we love God, we want to serve Him. We want to be
like Him. When we love our neighbors, we stop thinking so much about our
own problems and help others to solve theirs.”7
“And that is what makes us happy?” Eva asked.
Great-Aunt Rose nodded and smiled, her eyes filling with tears. “Yes, my dear. That is what makes us happy.”
hope you all have a great week this week, I know that when we put
others first and lose ourselves in the service of our Lord, we will have
the happiness we so desperately long for. I love you all!! If you are
feeling down, not sure what to do, put my testimony to the test, try it
out. I promise you will see that what I have said and so many leaders
have taught is true.
Love you all!!!!! have a great week :)
Love, Hermana Speakman