See also: D&C 27:15
I have maintained a cheerful disposition and I will gladly share with you some positive ideas:
• Learn to love the calling that you have in the Church. You can learn to love it so much it becomes invigorating.
• Learn to be satisfied. It is just as easy as being dissatisfied–and much more pleasant.
• Learn to accept adversity. No matter who you are or where you serve, you are going to have some. But do not fear the winds of adversity. Remember, a kite rises against the wind, rather than with it!
• Get in the habit of saying pleasant things rather than making negative remarks.
• Live the present moment to the hilt, and do not live in the past or in the future. Success is a journey, not a destination.
. Live and honor the covenants that you made at the time of your baptism and in the temple.
• And when you have reached the age of seventy, you must resist the urge to straighten out everybody’s affairs and admit occasionally that you might be mistaken. — Elder Jacob de Jager, Ensign, November 1993, p. 32
My message to you today, my brothers and sisters, is simply this: the Lord is in control. He knows the end from the beginning. He has given us adequate instruction that, if followed, will see us safely through any crisis. His purposes will be fulfilled, and someday we will understand the eternal reasons for all of these events. Therefore, today we must be careful to not overreact, nor should we be caught up in extreme preparations; but what we must do is keep the commandments of God and never lose hope!
Faith in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ, is absolutely essential for us to maintain a balanced perspective through times of trial and difficulty.
Remember, nothing will occur in our lives that He does not understand. Please turn to Him if you are discouraged and struggling for direction in your life. Armed with the shield of faith, we can overcome many of our daily challenges and overpower our greatest weaknesses and fears, knowing that if we do our best to keep the commandments of God, come what may, we will be all right. — Elder M. Russell Ballard, “The Joy of Hope Fulfilled,” Ensign, Nov. 1992
My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith. — President Thomas S. Monson, “Be Your Best Self,” Ensign, May 2009
Brethren and sisters, the thing you should have in your mind, and which you should make a motto in your life, is this: Serve God faithfully, and be cheerful. I dislike very much, and I believe people generally do, to see a person with a woe begone countenance, and to see him mourning as though his circumstances were of the most unpleasant character. There is no pleasure in association with such persons.
In the family it is always a good thing for the parent to be cheerful in the presence of his wife and children. And out of that cheerfulness may arise many good gifts.
The Lord has not given us the gospel that we may go around mourning all the days of our lives. He has not introduced this religion for this purpose at all. We came into the world for certain purposes, and those purposes are not of a nature that require much mourning or complaint. Where a person is always complaining and feeling to find fault, the Spirit of the Lord is not very abundant in his heart. If a person wants to enjoy the Spirit of the Lord, let him, when something of a very disagreeable nature comes along, think how worse the circumstance might be, or think of something worse that he has experienced in the past.
Always cultivate a spirit of gratitude. It is actually the duty of every Latter-day Saint to cultivate a spirit of gratitude.” — Lorenzo Snow, 3 April 1897, DW, 54:481; Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, pp. 61-62
I am perfectly satisfied that my Father and my God is a cheerful, pleasant, lively, good-natured Being. Why? Because I am cheerful, pleasant, lively, and good-natured when
I have His Spirit. That is one reason why I know; and another is – the Lord said, through Joseph Smith, “I delight in a glad heart and a cheerful countenance.” That arises from the perfection of His attributes; He is a jovial, lively person, and a beautiful man. — Elder Heber C. Kimball, Journal of Discourses 4:222