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"The Manner of Happiness"

I've kept a journal since the time I was young, but sometime after getting married and having kids, my journal writing became sporatic at best.  A few years ago, I stumbled across an article that inspired me to be more consistent in my journal writing.  I've noticed that when I'm journaling more regularly, even if what I write is neither particularly interesting nor insightful, I am happier.  While trying to find that article again, this speech transcript came up:

http://lds.org/ensign/2002/12/living-after-the-manner-of-happiness?lang=eng&query=journal

I'm pretty sure the "...and we lived after the manner of happiness" scripture is my mom's favorite.  I used to think it was a pretty short and simple favorite scripture, but the older I get, the more I realize the depth that can come from simple ideas.   

I think that Elder Jensen does an excellent job analyzing what we can do to "live after the manner of happiness."  I love the fact that "planting gardens and raising animals" is listed right along with the weightier matter of "keeping the commandments".  I also love the tone of the article.  Elder Jensen is not providing a "to-do" list, something that needs to be checked off as completed; rather, he provides ideas that if followed bring happiness.

What do you think of his suggestions? 

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