That Which Ye Could Not Obtain – Helaman 13:38

38 But behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure; yea, for ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head.

(Helaman 13:38)
Unhappy people generally don’t know what they are missing. If they knew how to be happy, they probably would be. They might think they know what they are missing, but since they aren’t happy, they aren’t a good source of information about happiness. Laman and Lemuel, for example, were convinced that, if they could have stayed in Jerusalem, they would have been happy. (See 1 Nephi 17:21.) Nephi and Lehi knew better. 
Our Heavenly Father wants us to seek for happiness. He wants to help us find it. But many people insist on seeking in the wrong places. As Samuel reminds the Nephites in the passage above, unrighteousness will never bring us joy. Never. The picture he paints is a sad one: people seeking their whole life for happiness in iniquity, and never finding the happiness because they won’t let go of the iniquity. 
Today, I will remember that Heavenly Father wants me to have joy and that His commandments are calculated to help me live happily. I will seek happiness in His way, knowing that He will help me find it. 
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