- Eva made a surprising discovery: Great-Aunt Rose was quite possibly the happiest person she had ever known! But how could that be? What did she have to be happy about? She had never married, she had no children, she had no one to keep her company except that creepy cat, and she had a hard time doing simple things like tying her shoes and walking up stairs.
As summer drew to an end and Eva was to return home, she asked her Great-Aunt Rose why she was so happy. Rose shared with her the secret.
- There is enough that doesn’t go right in life, so anyone can work themselves into a puddle of pessimism and a mess of melancholy. But I know people who, even when things don’t work out, focus on the wonders and miracles of life. These folks are the happiest people I know.
She shares that God made us to be happy. But it takes effort to be happy.
- God didn’t design us to be sad. He created us to have joy! 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. No, it doesn’t happen instantly, but honestly, how many good things do?
Rose shared that she discovered something in her life that has given her direction and a new outlook on life. She discovered her faith.
- I discovered faith. And faith led to hope. And faith and hope gave me confidence that one day everything would make sense, that because of the Savior, all the wrongs would be made right. After that, I saw that the path before me wasn’t as dreary and dusty as I had thought. I began to notice the bright blues, the verdant greens, and the fiery reds, and I decided I had a choice—I could hang my head and drag my feet on the dusty road of self-pity, or I could have a little faith, put on a bright dress, slip on my dancing shoes, and skip down the path of life, singing as I went.
- Faith in the Savior taught me that no matter what happened in the past, my story could have a happy ending.
Eva wondered if joy only came after we die. If we are to be happy for eternity, do we have to wait until we die.
- Now is part of eternity. It doesn’t only begin after we die!
Rose shared this insightful message as summer drew to an end and Eva returned home.
- When we love God, we want to serve Him. We want to be like Him. When we love our neighbors, we stop thinking so much about our own problems and help others to solve theirs. That is what makes us happy.
Just as the Savior taught, President Uchtdorf teaches through a simple, yet profound parable. Rose found joy in the journey of life. Although life didn't work out the way she had planned when she was a little girl, she was determined to make the best of the situation she was in. She picked herself up, put on a bright hat, and figured out a way to touch peoples lives. Although she had tough times and discouraging times, she found her faith and relied on that faith to find the joys of life. We can all learn from this parable and how we can find happiness even though life is not working out to be the way we always dreamed it would be.