How would you finish the statement: “Oh, I just could not live without my…?” Would it be your smart phone? Your trusty laptop? Your beautiful family? Your nice car? Your well-paying job? What if you didn’t have any of those things? There are plenty who live just fine without even half of those material things, and guess what? I am one of them. And, let me tell you, you’d sure be surprised what you really can live without… Yes, I have my daughter, and she is more than I could ever have asked for, but my family is “incomplete” as they call it. My well-paying job? Shoot, I made $2,800 a month after taxes! And that was just to stay home and take care of our house and daughter! (You know what I mean.) Not too bad for such a rewarding job at twenty-four years old I’d say. Well, as for the phone; I replaced it.
Someday I will get mine back. I will also get my laptop back, and I can buy another car again. All those things can be replaced, because they are exactly that: things. What can’t be replaced is my daughter. Nothing would ever be able to replace her. She is my true treasure. She is the one who has brought me joy when nothing else could. She is the one I chose to live for when it seemed there was nothing worthy of that cliché in my darkest hours. She is part of me in another body, and vise versa. She is my biggest blessing. She is my number one.
Not only could nothing ever replace my daughter, but there is more. Nothing could ever replace my membership in the gospel. That is absolutely priceless, for no price can come remotely close to the price my Savior paid for all who are willing to come unto Him. Therefore, that is another treasure I hold dear. My family and friends could not be replaced. Friendships are extremely important to me, and as soon as my husband’s arrest hit the news, tons of people aided me. You never realize how loved you are until those you hardly even talk to are some that help you out the most. Your truest friends and your closest family will always be there, their loyalty is not predicated upon daily conversation. Now that’s love! The list could go on, but you get the gist.
I am extremely blessed. I have more than I ever dreamed I would have – actually, more than I ever originally planned on having. And, as I stated, it is obviously not material things. It has to do with what matters the absolute most.
I wanted nothing to do with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and now I am eager to share my testimony of the joy it brings with the world! You cannot buy happiness, you cannot stumble upon happiness. And no matter where you try to find happiness in vices or any other worldly material or act, you will never find it there. Believe me, I looked. It also takes effort. You have to first want it, and that can’t be a tough desire. We all innately wish to experience true joy. We were created that way for a reason. So, if you are unhappy, consider that a blessing. You are on your way to becoming humbled enough to find the happiness your Father knows you deserve. Find it. And if you don’t know where to look, ask the missionaries, they can help you!