Finding Joy in the Journey

Our family loves to take road trips. I don’t mean “hey, let’s load up the kids and put 30 miles on the van” road trips. I mean road trips of epic proportion. As in cross-country, six bags of cherry Twizzlers, at least one kid will get sick, listening to the same playlist until -we-never-want-to-hear-it-again times, and daily “he got to sit there yesterday” rants kind of road trips.

road tripDespite the occasional tiffs, drowsiness, and inconveniences, we LOVE a good journey. We get to spend uninterrupted time together as a family. We get to practice manners and being considerate (with varying degrees of success). We get to see and experience new things that we never would by staying in our own zip code. We get to meet new people and see old friends. We get to be silly together and not care who sees. We get to learn how to be quiet in hotels while at the same time jumping from one hotel bed to another.

Find Joy in the JourneyIt’s totally cliché, I know, to refer to life as a journey. But you know what? It’s totally true. Our Heavenly Father sent us here to experience mortality, to gain experience and knowledge, and learn to love and serve. Most days, I’m grateful for that. Some days are “ask me tomorrow” days. I believe the Lord has prophets upon the earth to help us along the journey, the “road trips” of our life. Here’s what one of them said,

This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now. – Thomas S. Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 2008 in a talk called “Finding Joy in the Journey

This weekend is special for Latter-day Saints as we gather together, both in person and virtually, to attend General Conference. It’s not only for members of the church; it’s available online, live and on-demand, to everyone. It’s the time when the Lord’s prophets, apostles, and other church leaders speak to us. It lifts broken spirits. It encourages the hesitant. It blesses the willing. Most importantly for me, it reminds me that God loves me enough to not send me on this journey without guidance or direction.

And we consume plenty of Twizzlers while watching.

To learn more about General Conference and how you can watch it this weekend, click here.

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