One of the things I find at school is that I am always a happy person. I tend to automatically smile all the time. It seems that if my friends think about me, they probably have this mental picture in their mind that I'm smiling, because if the see me not smiling and acting normal, they think I'm depressed, or that something is troubling me, and I just find it funny, because sometimes I don't think about how happy I am all the time. It just seems normal to me, that we should all be happy. I hope that you are all basically happy people by nature as well as I am.
A smile costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and is nature's best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen, for it is something that is no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.
When we search our scriptures daily, how many times does the Lord command us to "be of good cheer" or to "lift up your heart and rejoice" and be exceedingly glad? I found some scriptures that help with this. In D&C 78:17-19 it says: -------. We should remember that the Lord is commanding us to be of good cheer, not having it be merely a suggestion.
Also remember not to forget those who are less fortunate then us, weather they be in our country, or many other third world countries around the planet. I remember a long while ago, in a geography class, our teacher was showing us pictures of families across the world. The theme of all the pictures was that they would take everything from their house except the kitchen sink, and put it outside, so we could take a picture of all their possessions. I remember one picture was the whole family living together, and they had, a few blankets and a few pots, and maybe some oil, rags and clothes, and they lived in a house that looked like it was made out of dirt, and that was all they had. So, that's one thing to be grateful for, that we have a nice home, job opportunities and local stores that help us get our needs and essentials.
Keep in mind though that possessions aren't everything. If you were to make a list of all of your blessings and sort them out by priority, on the top would be your priceless blessings, things that no money could buy, and then you would probably go down a ways before you start getting to the blessings that could be bought for money. Our most important blessings are without price.
Remember that we all face difficult times in our lives, but remember that in the end, the Lord could have been teaching us something that we can carry and use throughout our lives.
So everyday, when you wake up, recognize how blessed you are, so you can go on through your day smiling.
And now that I'm done with this talk, I guess that I too, right now, have a reason to smile. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
As we read in 1 Corinthians 3:16–17 [1 Cor. 3:16–17]:“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?“If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”