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We Are the Architects of Our Own Happiness – Bishop Gérald Caussé

I’m months behind in posting this…

Bishop Gérald Caussé, 1st Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric spoke at a CES Devotional back in November. He spoke well (his accent is awesome) about happiness.

Here are my notes:

  • Told story of how he visited Salt Lake City as a young man
  • Life holds lots of surprises
  • Youth is the perfect time to make personal plans
  • Have dreams for the future
  • Life is full of uncertainty; surprises will pop up in your path
  • Uncertainty can led to fear
  • There is a different path than fear and self-indulgence
  • Things good and challenging will happen to you
  • You have control of your own happiness
  •  Principles of Happiness
    1. Recognize your personal worth
      • Each of us has unique worth
      • We are nothing, but we are important to God
      • We are not forgotten
    2. Become who you are
      • If you were to receive a letter form yourself in the past, what would it say?
      • Are we becoming who we wanted to become
      • Brigham Young said the greatest lesson we can learn is to know ourselves
      • We have to know ourselves in order to know god
    3. Trust in God’s promises
      • President Monson has said that the future is as bright as your faith
      • Re-read your patriarchal blessing
      • Reflect on the personal promises in it to you
      • After you have done all in your power, if you don’t get the results you expected, accept God’s will
      • All things are for our good
      • The promises of the Lord help us to get to our final destination
  • If you live in harmony with His gospel, your future will be bright
  • Have goals and work hard at them, and then let Him lead you
  • Trust yourself

Be good for something

Last week I went out for dinner with the two men who were my counselors when the bishopric I was in was released. We went to a cheap Chinese food place down the street from my house and had a great time talking about life, our time together, and more.

Normally I’m not a fan of fortune cookies. I don’t need any lucky lotto numbers, and usually the little phrases aren’t very inspiring, but the one I got that night was particularly good. It has probably been said many times by many people, but it is the first time I’ve heard it:

Be not simply good, be good for something

180th Semiannual General Conference – Priesthood Session

As indicated in the write-up for the Saturday afternoon session, I watched that one at home. I had to be at the Church by 6:15 pm (Eastern time), so I left about halfway through Elder Scott’s address and picked up my father. We both had to be at the YM sub-sational which started at 7:00 PM (I had a meeting before then).

The sub-sational was great, with around 15 YM attending with their fathers. Include the YM leaders, the missionaries and the bishopric, and we probably had 30 people there. Good times for sure!

My father has always taken me out after the Priesthood Session of conference, and that tradition continues. Even after eating a couple of subs, we went out afterward to Boston Pizza and had some chicken wings and cactus cut potatoes. As to me as I dropped him off at home, “Good conversation, good company.” Thanks Dad!


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The Priesthood Choir sang Hark, All Ye Nations!

Elder Marcos A Aidukaitis offered the invocation

The choir sang Go, Ye Messengers of Heaven

Elder Russell M Nelson

  • we need to remember why we have missionaries
  • “go ye into all the world”
  • 52,000 missionaries in 340 missions
  • missionaries serve to make life better for all of God’s children

Elder Patrick Kearon

  • he told a story about growing up on the “Arabian peninsula” and got stung by a scorpion
  • he knew he was supposed to wear shoes, but didn’t
  • disregarding what we know to be right brings

Elder Juan A Uceda

  • story of a man and his daughter, the man yelled at his daughter because she didn’t want to read the scriptures with his family
  • after a short time both the daughter and father said they were sorry
  • our home has to be a place where the Spirit can dwell
  • the home is next to the temple in sacredness

The choir and congregation sang High on the Mountain Top

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • remembers President Ezra Taft Benson’s talk on Pride from 1989
  • there is a difference between being proud of something and being prideful
  • pride is self-elevation
  • pride is a gateway sin
  • there is a lot of pride in sports
  • in life, we all wear the same jersey
  • we are to encourage all people
  • we can be grateful, but when we obsess or focus on those things, that is when the trouble begins
  • pride is a switch that turns off priesthood power
  • humility is a switch that turns on priesthood power
  • there are so many people in need we could be thinking about other than ourselves

President Henry B Eyring

  • the power of a holder of the priesthood is magnified by the Holy Ghost
  • we should pray for the Holy Ghost in our service
  • pondering is the thinking and praying after reading and studying

President Thomas S Monson

  • the 3 R’s of choice
    • right of choice
    • responsibility of choice
    • results of choice
  • we cannot be neutral, there is no middle ground
  • we are bombarded by the messages of the adversary
  • the lies are endless
  • we cannot afford the luxury of a detour from which we may never return
  • it’s easier to keep the commandments 100% of the time than 98% of the time

The choir sang Called to Serve

Elder James J Hamula offered the benediction


Read the recaps and other notes from the 180th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: