Things are a bit concerning lately with the state of the country.
Last night the government passed a new Health Care Reform Bill that seems to be a bit “Socialistic”: all people are now getting health care whether they can pay for it or not. People that make more money will be taxed more to cover the additional costs (at least that’s what my initial interpretation is…)
With all this turmoil, one scripture comes to mind:
And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and ahappy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are bblessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out cfaithful to the end they are received into dheaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it. (Mosiah 2:41)
I have to remember this and not get upset or frustrated.
One of the hardest things is what’s happening with unemployment – people seem to be “milking” the government on unemployment and not even making an honest effort to go out and get a replacement job if unemployment is willing to pay them more ongoing.
I like this scripture too:
And there were no aenvyings, nor bstrifes, nor ctumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of dlasciviousness; and surely there could not be a ehappier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God. (4 Nephi 1:16)
I know as I “seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; …all these things shall be added unto [me]” (Matt. 6:33).
The Proclamation to the Family talks about how to achieve happiness too:
Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.
I think another issue that is being warned about is the destruction of the family unit:
Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets. We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.
I love my wife. I love my children. I’m glad I’m in the program and am working toward a “clean bill of health”. I’m glad I’m able to work the program and learn more about how to use the Atonement in every aspect of my life.