(All images in this post are from LDS media)
This past year my attention has been drawn to the quick glimpses we catch during conferences of our prophets and apostles. Not necessarily the images we are meant to see, but those that are semi-private moments between genuine brothers.
As seers, prophets, and revelators, I can’t even begin to know the depths of what they know.
Or see what they see.
But I see them.
And they are happy.
I can’t get the images of President Eyring laughing with President Monson, or President Uchtdorf’s eyes sparkling at something he witnesses.
Our new apostles literally have had the weight of the world placed on their shoulders.
They must realize that there is more to be done than they can ever do; they are overwhelmed, to say the least.
And still they laugh and are happy.
Not just in the public moments as they stand as witnesses, but also in the relaxed and private ones.
I think it’s actually in these unscripted, unprepared moments of happiness that their greatest witness is borne.
Those with the greatest capacity to see, to know, and to understand just exactly how frightening things really are out there – aren’t afraid.
Instead, they smile and laugh.
We’ve been told that laughter is the best medicine for what ails us.
But it only works if it is real.
Forced, sarcastic, and bitter imitations have no healing power.
How do we find the strength, and even the courage, to laugh when things are – frankly – incredibly hard?
It sounds simplistic, I know.
There are so many things out there that can make us afraid.
But only if that is all we see.
Believing in those things we cannot see brings light to illuminate what we need to see – what we must see if we no longer want to be afraid.
If we want to be happy.
I’ve watched a lot of people through the years. I think I’m getting pretty good at discerning those of deep and abiding faith in our Savior Jesus Christ.
They are burdened, they are tired, they are in pain.
And they are happy.
Just look at the Special Witnesses we have been given.
This season of remembrance is a special opportunity for us to also stand up and witness to others what we believe.
Even if they can’t see it.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Is it really possible to be unafraid in terror-filled surroundings, to be peaceful in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty, to be happy while in pain and suffering?
And not the forced, bitter, or sarcastic imitations of happiness, but the real thing?
It is, if we will but just believe.
Be happy this season dear friends.