Last week, I really struggled with being happy and finding joy. I could not sing “There is Sunshine in My Soul Today.” But on Sunday we were reading Elder Uchtdorf’s talk Bearers of Heavenly Light. In it, he talks about night and day and the darkness and light—and this is where I started paying particular attention because I felt like I was drowning in darkness—regarding the darkness at night Elder Uchtdorf reminds us that “eventually the rays of the sun will reach us once again” and that ”every time you turn your hearts to God in humble prayer, you experience His light.” And that alone was enough to break through my own personal rain cloud. I have been repeating it in my mind: “Eventually the rays of the sun will reach me again.”
Elder Uchtdorf is one of my favorite Apostles. His warm German accent and kind tone has always made me feel like we are old friends. With his new assignment in the Quorum of the Twelve, he will give fewer talks during conference, which caused me to pause and go back and reread some of his past talks given specifically to women.
From his talk A Summer with Great-Aunt Rose he taught us, “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. ”
In his talk Fourth Floor, Last Door Elder Uchtdorf said, “God is real. He lives. He loves you. He knows you. He understands you. He knows the silent pleadings of your heart. He has not abandoned you. He will not forsake you. It is my testimony and apostolic blessing to each one of you that you will feel in your heart and mind this sublime truth for yourselves.”
From Three Sisters he encouraged us by saying, “You can be glad. I urge you to fill your hearts with gratitude for the abundant and limitless goodness of God.”
I don’t think that it is insignificant that all of his messages to the women are to be happy, to find joy, not to give up, and that life is not easy—but we can still be easy to be around. If you are needing a little pick-me-up in the happy department, I recommend rereading these four talks, each ends with a special apostolic blessing to make your life better and happier.