Where's the joy? ~ Dear Miss Mormon

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Where's the joy?

Dear Miss Mormon,
How do you know what sorts of things are worth worrying about?  I know I should keep things in life simple and focus on the basics, but I also know that to improve and reach my potential and please God I need to stretch myself.  It seems that you somehow decided to make this blog a priority, how did you decide that and other things?

Dear friend,
I totally understand what your saying, and here's my answer for how I do what I do:

I fail. All the time.

You'll notice from a previous post, that I don't always know how or what to do, my only way to cope with my constant failure is to recognize that "Failing is an essential part of the mortal phase of our quest for perfection"- Kevin J. Worthen President, Brigham Young University 

Understand that balance is hard, finding time for everything is hard, having the right amount of energy exerted into every facet of life is hard. So no, I don't have it totally down. I have the general outline of priorities that I follow:
-Food (for realzzzz) 
but the rest is a little fuzzy. The struggle comes because all of those can be broken down into micro-priorities (church callings, scripture study, homework, relationships, vegetables...cookies), and its within those micro-priorities that I get lost all the time. I only have so many hours in the day to fit everything in and there never seems to be enough time, I know how overwhelming it can quickly become.

Until you remember 2 Nephi 2:25 which says: 

"Men are, that they might have joy."

Lets all just read that again, "Men are, that they might have joy". Doesn't the anxiety just melt away as you read that? Its nice to know God isn't as concerned with my grades as I am, or if I'm reading more in the New Testament than the Old. He recognizes my genealogy is sitting on a shelf waiting for me, and He's probably smiling about the stash of cookies and Nutella in my cupboard. Perfection wasn't designed to come in a day, and the balance of priorities didn't come with an instruction manual.  So where is the joy? Despite all the things I have to do, am I finding joy? am I being joyful in all I do? Am I helping others to feel joy? When my classes are over, the job obtained, and the family started-- pass or fail, will I have accomplished the overarching desire that God has for me?

My answer is really too simple for your question, but all I can do is try to offer perspective;  I do the things that bring me joy, I prioritize my life based around joy. Find your joy, hold on to it, don't let go, and let the rest fall into place. Enjoy mortality, embrace inevitable failures of mortality, and when in doubt...eat a spoonful of Nutella :)

with much love,
Miss Mormon


  1. It really is good to remember that that is the big goal, sometimes I can get lost in the growing and forget that the growing and everything is to bring eternal joy. Thanks.


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