Finding Happiness

Monday, March 4, 2013
Have I mentioned how much I REALLY love my institute class?
Well its true, I do.
What we learned the other day, has really stuck with me.
I keep referring back to the notes I took and thinking deeper into what we talked about.
I think that means something. I think it means I needed that lesson.
Yep, I sure did.

Here goes the summary because I think everyone could learn a thing or two from a really lovely lesson.
(Keep in mind my thoughts don't work like a normal persons. They are everywhere all at once, but if I can connect the dots, I believe you can too.)

Take a second and think...
What Equals Eternal Happiness??
Do you have an answer? Kay good, write it down so you remember it.

Have you ever heard of Maslow's Hierarchy of needs?
If you haven't I suggest reading up on it, It really is quite interesting.
Anyhow, here they are...

Study that as much as you want and argue with it all you will, but shoot, its the dang truth. 
In that order precisely. 
Where are you?
Why are you not at the point you want to be?
Aha! We shall see...

"If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being then I warn you that you will be unhappy for the rest of your life."
- Maslow

Alright so now think about this:
The 5 needs that should really be fulfilled are 1) physical 2) social 3) emotional 4) mental (intellectual) and 5) spiritual.
Kay easy enough right?
Yes, it should be. If you can find a balance among all of them.
That right there though, is the hardest for everyone. 
Here's what it should look like to find a balance:

Soo I'm not the best "bubble" maker, I get it... But there's a bigger point!
Notice how the biggest bubble is the spiritual one. Notice how everything around that is the same size (or at least supposed to be haha).
The point is that if you make your spirituality the biggest part of who you are, every other thing will be balanced in your life.
Therefore, no stress.
Woah, THAT is a magical formula to happiness.
Catching on? Kay cool.

3 Nephi 13:24-34 talks about how Heavenly Father WILL provide every little thing we will ever need for us. If he doesn't provide Steve Madden Combat boots for you or a shiny new iphone, chances are you REALLY don't need it to make you happy. 
Matthew 6:24-34  talks about focusing on the Kingdom of Heaven. Somehow, the scriptures talk a whole lot about that. I think He is trying to get the point across. 
The plea is to have us focus less on the pride of the world and more on eternal consequences. 
Having that Aha moment yet?
Me too.

One last scripture. Alma 32:27-43. 
Ohhhh the parable of the seed/tree.
Let that seep in a little bit deeper for ya.
Did I get the point across?
Cultivate your seed. How many times does it mention the words "seek" and "knock?" 
A whole bunch. That's how many times. 
Water your seed and make conscious decisions.
Fertilize your seed by kneeling and asking in prayer. 

Ready for this?
Eternal Happiness = NO Separation From God!

Ahhhh feels good to know the magical formula to eternal happiness huh? :)
I sure think so.

"Men are that they might have joy"
2 Nephi 2:25

If you made it this far, thanks haha :)
I just felt the need to remember this, and to share it with everyone else!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy


  1. 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

    2 He was in the beginning with God.

    3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.