These were some cool statues we found at a train station in our area! haha they had a bunch of them!
|Anddd one of the days we were coming home and it started |
pourrringgg rain. Me and my comp were seriously
soaked to the bone.
Well, the spiritual thought this week comes from Jesus the Christ which i have been reading a lot lately. It is such a great book filled with so many insights into the life of Christ and those around him. I would HIGHLY reccommend it. But in one perticular part of the book it was talking about the famous "Sermon on the Mount" given by Jesus to his apostles. Elder James E. Talmage goes through examining each part of the sermon and at one point, turns to examining the difference between pleasure and happiness. I read it and was in grand awe at the wisdom which he imparted through the explanation. He talks about how in these latter days the Devil is harder at work than ever in manufacturing pleasures that do but excite and disappoint. And in this soul destroying craft, he is without a peer. It then explains the great difference between pleasure and true happiness, likening happiness to genuine gold, while pleasure is but guilded brass which corrodes in the hand. Now while i was reading this, I felt like I KNEW there was a difference between the two, but that sometimes, the line is blurred and it becomes hard to determine what is pleasure and what is happiness. But then Elder Talmage adds this helpful way to differentiate between the pleasure and happiness saying: "True happiness is lived over and over again in memory, always with a renewal of the original good; a moment of unholy pleasure may leave a barbed sting, which, like a thorn in the flesh, is an ever-present source of anguish." If this is true, how easy is it for us to distinguish pleasure and happiness. How many times have we reflected fondly on Christmas mornings spent with family, or well-earned graduations due to a truely honorable effort. When we contrast these recountances with the memories of momentary pleasure from a rich slice of cake, an achievement in a video game, or other things, we can see that there is no comparison. Pleasure is one of the greatest tools Satan can use to fool us into thinking that what we are doing will make us feel good. Pleasure is fleeting but true happiness lasts in this life, and on into the eternities. So set your heart not on Pleasures but on finding true happiness by making and keeping sacred coventants (shout out to Brother Bruton!). As you do, you will find that true happiness the likes of which we were created to enjoy, and which you have been seeking in this life.
Anddd a guy in our ward has one of these.....im kinda scared
Elder Josh Hamm