Monday, September 7, 2009

Depression in the Ensign: Elder Marlin K. Jensen?

Sorry I've been neglecting you all lately. The farm that I have a share in has been ultra productive this year and I've been doing a LOT of canning. It's a lot of work! Also, I feel like things around my house have been extra intense over the last couple months and I've sort of been shying away from blogging--actually from writing in general. Thanks for being patient with me :)

So last week I was hunting around lds.org for something to read for scripture study and I happened upon "Living After the Manner of Happiness" by Elder Marlin K. Jensen. You all might remember him from the PBS special on us Mormons. I think I swooned over some of his awesome answers to tough questions. He's a general authority and serves as the Church Historian and Recorder so imagine my surprise when he admits--in the first line of his talk-- that,
"although I am richly blessed and have every reason to be happy, I sometimes struggle and do not always have the natural inclination toward happiness and a cheerful disposition that some people seem to enjoy."


What?!? General Authorities are not always sublimely happy and contented?

Hooray! That means there's hope for the rest of us!

His talk goes on to list nine principles of happiness gleaned from Nephi's account in the Book of Mormon. My favorites: plant a garden, keep a journal, and work (which he defines as especially with your hands).

This talk was definitely a good read :)

6 comments:

Kaylanamars said...

don't forget a bit of play in there!!

Charlotte said...

So interesting! Am off to read the article now. Tks!

queensister said...

You go girl with your canning. I'm right there with you.

Valerie said...

Can you post a link to the article on lds.org? I have the hardest time navigating that site for some reason...

Beckie said...

Way to go canning! I just did salsa over the weekend and my hands still smell like garlic :) Thanks for the article...very much needed at this time.

Laura said...

It's good to know so many of you are canning too :) Boy does it take a LOT of time!

Valerie--if you click on the title of the talk in my post it should take you straight to it. If that doesn't work, just cut and paste the title into the search bar at lds.org and it should be the first hit.