Heavenly Father desires that we find true, lasting happiness. Our happiness is the design of all the blessings He gives us—gospel teachings, commandments, priesthood ordinances, family relationships, prophets, temples, the beauties of creation, and even the opportunity to experience adversity. His plan for our salvation is often called "the great plan of happiness" (Alma 42:8). He sent His Beloved Son to carry out the Atonement so we can be happy in this life and receive a fulness of joy in the eternities.
Testifying of God's "eternal purposes," the prophet Lehi taught, "Men are, that they might have joy" (2 Nephi 2:15, 25). Many people try to find happiness and fulfillment in activities that are contrary to the Lord's commandments. Ignoring God's plan for them, they reject the only source of real happiness. They give in to the devil, who "seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself" (2 Nephi 2:27). Eventually they learn the truth of Alma's warning to his son Corianton: "Wickedness never was happiness" (Alma 41:10).
Others seek only to have fun in life. With this as their main goal, they allow temporary pleasure to distract them from lasting happiness. They rob themselves of the enduring joys of spiritual growth, service, and hard work.
As we seek to be happy, we should remember that the only way to real happiness is to live the gospel. We will find peaceful, eternal happiness as we strive to keep the commandments, pray for strength, repent of our sins, participate in wholesome activities, and give meaningful service.
—See True to the Faith (2004), 79–80
"Living after the Manner of Happiness"
Marlin K. Jensen, Ensign, Dec. 2002, 56–62
The principles of happiness that Nephi identified centuries ago work equally well today.
"Fun and Happiness"
Claudio R. M. Costa, Liahona, Nov. 2002, 92–94; or Ensign, Nov. 2002, 92–94
All who seek full happiness can find it in the gospel of Jesus Christ, taught in His Church.
"Our Search for Happiness"
James E. Faust, Liahona, Oct. 2000, 2–8; or Ensign, Oct. 2000, 2–6
Our search for happiness largely depends on the degree of righteousness we attain, the degree of selflessness we acquire, the amount and quality of service we render, and the inner peace that we enjoy.
"Living Happily Ever After"
Coleen K. Menlove, Liahona, July 2000, 13–15; or Ensign, May 2000, 12–13
The opportunity is here and now to obtain happiness that extends beyond our earth life; however, we need to know what it is and where to find it.
"Finding Joy in Life"
Richard G. Scott, Ensign, May 1996, 24–26
Your joy in life depends upon your trust in Heavenly Father and His holy Son, your conviction that their plan of happiness truly can bring you joy.
"The Search for Happiness"
W. Eugene Hansen, Ensign, Nov. 1993, 81–83
Real joy and happiness come from living in such a way that our Heavenly Father will be pleased with us.
Jack H. Goaslind, Ensign, May 1986, 52–54
Happiness is real. It can be experienced here, and we can know a fulness of joy in the hereafter.