I recently had a conversation with an old high school friend.
This is part of what I shared with him, and since I have read elsewhere that people wonder why their Mormon friends "seem so happy all the time" I thought I'd share here what I said to my friend the other day:
I feel pain and sorrow when I sin...and that teaches me what Jesus Christ took on for me in the Garden.
I didn't know PERSONALLY in high school as much as I do now.
Now I can say beyond any doubt that I KNOW JESUS CHRIST is real.
It took going through hard times to know that.
Like, I know that the person Jesus is real. I have felt his presence in my darkest hour. He has never made me walk alone.
Being a Latter-day Saint and following its strict rules kept me from making major mistakes in my early life.
Because I wasn't bogged down by addiction, heartache, or poor choices, I was free to feel the Spirit teaching me about eternal truths.
I was free to be me. Free to feel happy.
Even when going through regular life-stuff.
These are the blessings that LDS people enjoy.
They enjoy light, truth, knowledge, an understanding [to a degree] of the mysteries of God, an understanding of who we really are, and peace.
How about you?
What is it about being a Mormon that makes you smile?