- Lasting joy is found in focusing on our Savior, Jesus Christ, and living the gospel as demonstrated and taught by Him. The more we learn about, have faith in, and emulate Jesus Christ, the more we come to understand that He is the source of all healing, peace, and eternal progress. He invites each of us to come unto Him, an invitation that President Henry B. Eyring has characterized as “the most important invitation anyone could accept.”
Sister Bingham was inspired by the last General Conference and the challenge to commit to memory "The Living Christ." She took that challenge and recognized of things that happened in her life as she focused more on the Savior.
- As I have studied the life and teachings of Jesus Christ with more focus and committed “The Living Christ” to memory, my gratitude and love for our Savior have increased. Each sentence of that inspired document contains a sermon and has enhanced my understanding of His divine roles and earthly mission. What I have learned and felt through this period of study and reflection confirms that Jesus truly “is the light, the life, and the hope of the world.”
She has come to learn through her studying that Christ has the ability to heal us from all of life's problems. But we must come to Him to help us heal.
- No matter what we have suffered, He is the source of healing. Those who have experienced any manner of abuse, devastating loss, chronic illness or disabling affliction, untrue accusations, vicious persecution, or spiritual damage from sin or misunderstandings can all be made whole by the Redeemer of the world. However, He will not enter without invitation. We must come unto Him and allow Him to work His miracles.
Trusting that God and Jesus Christ only want what is best for us takes faith. Exercising this faith by trusting in Them will allow us to see the way forward through our daily trials.
- Sometimes we are afraid to trust because we don’t understand God’s absolute love and desire to help us. But when we study Heavenly Father’s plan and Jesus Christ’s mission, we understand that Their only objective is our eternal happiness and progress. They delight to help us when we ask, seek, and knock. When we exercise faith and humbly open ourselves to Their answers, we become free from the constraints of our misunderstandings and assumptions, and we can be shown the way forward.
- Whether they are personal struggles, family troubles, or community crises, peace will come as we trust that God’s Only Begotten Son has power to soothe our aching souls.
As we learn more about Christ and focus on our relationship with Him, Sister Bingham promises that our actions will change to be more inline with this increase in relationship. The more knowledge and focus we have on the Savior, the easier it is to change our bad habits.
- Because of Jesus Christ’s Atonement, which includes the gifts of redemption and resurrection, we are able to repent, change, and progress eternally. Because of the power He gives us as we are obedient, we are able to become more than we ever could on our own. We may not understand completely how, but each of us who has felt faith in Christ increase has also received a greater understanding of our divine identity and purpose, leading us to make choices that are consistent with that knowledge.
- As we learn more about Jesus Christ, we develop greater faith in Him and we naturally want to follow His example. Keeping His commandments becomes our greatest desire. Our hearts yearn to relieve others’ suffering, as He did, and we want them to experience the peace and happiness we have found.
Putting our knowledge into action will help us find the joy that we are seeking in our lives. Knowing more about the Savior will result in greater joy in our lives.
- When we put our faith into action, the Holy Ghost bears witness of eternal truth. Jesus instructs His disciples to keep His commandments because He knows that as we follow His example, we will begin to experience joy, and as we continue on His path, we will come to a fulness of joy.
Finally, Sister Bingham summarizes her talk by reminding us that the ultimate joy in this life is found through enhancing our relationship with the Savior.
- Taking the time to build and strengthen our knowledge and testimony of Jesus Christ will yield rich dividends in times of trial and adversity. Daily reading of scriptures and pondering the words of living prophets, engaging in meaningful personal prayer, mindfully partaking of the sacrament each week, giving service as the Savior would—each of these simple activities becomes a building block for a joyful life.
I have tested Sister Bingham's theory in my own life and found it to be completely true. As I have focused more of my energy in learning about the Savior, and putting my life in line with the Savior teachings, I have found an increase of joy in my life. It is a simple formula that works because the Savior is the ultimate source of joy in our lives. Anyone seeking to enhance their relationship with the Savior will find in the end, an increase of joy and a deeper understanding of how much the Savior loves us and wants us to be happy.