Quotes & Pictures for Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson – Chapter 4: Living Joyfully in Troubled Times

I really enjoyed making memes to go along with some great quotes from Chapter 4: Living Joyfully in Troubled Times from this year’s manual for Relief Society and Priesthood, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson. (Most wards will teach this lesson on February 15th; lessons from the manual are usually taught on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of each month.) Please feel free to use these for non-commercial, gospel sharing purposes!

“Do we realize that happiness here and now consists in freely, lovingly, joyfully acknowledging God’s will for us—and doing it in all ways and all affairs big and small? To live perfectly is to live happily. To live happily is to grow in spiritual strength toward perfection. Every action performed in accord with God’s will is part of that growth. Let us not partition our lives. Let us unify our lives, being contemptuous of fictitious honors and glories that do not come with God’s approval. Let us remember that the real source of our strength and happiness is beyond the reach of men and circumstances.”
Ezra Taft Benson - Happiness 2Ezra Taft Benson - Happiness 1  “Be cheerful in all that you do. Live joyfully. Live happily. Live enthusiastically, knowing that God does not dwell in gloom and melancholy, but in light and love.”Ezra Taft Benson - Cheerful 2Ezra Taft Benson - Cheerful 1Ezra Taft Benson - Live Joyfully 1Ezra Taft Benson - Live Joyfully 2

“We have no cause to really worry. Live the gospel, keep the commandments. Attend to your prayers night and morning in your home. Maintain the standards of the Church. Try and live calmly and cheerfully. … Happiness must be earned from day to day. But it is worth the effort.”Ezra Taft Benson - day to day 1Ezra Taft Benson - day to day 2 “Pressing on in noble endeavors, even while surrounded by a cloud of depression, will eventually bring you out on top into the sunshine. Even our master Jesus the Christ, while facing that supreme test of being temporarily left alone by our Father during the crucifixion, continued performing his labors for the children of men, and then shortly thereafter he was glorified and received a fulness of joy. While you are going through your trial, you can recall your past victories and count the blessings that you do have with a sure hope of greater ones to follow if you are faithful. And you can have that certain knowledge that in due time God will wipe away all tears and that ‘eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him’.”Ezra Taft Benson - Pressing on 1Ezra Taft Benson - Pressing on 2I’d like to add my strong testimony that it is possible to live joyfully in troubled times. I’ve been through some pretty dark times myself, and there were always some moments of joy, even within the storm. Things have practically never worked out the way I thought they would, but oftentimes better than I imagined.