Thy Will Be Done and Happiness

I wrote a post a few months ago called Thy Will Be Done, and I’ve pondered on this phrase a lot since then. It seems like the phrase “Thy will be done” is often associated with disappointment. It’s like we’re consigning ourselves to the worst case scenario. It’s as if we’re saying:

“I think X will make me happy, but I’m okay to be disappointed and depressed because I trust you.”

There’s value in trusting Heavenly Father even when we’re not happy; however, I think there can and should be happiness inherent to trust in Him :) Wouldn’t it be nice if when we say “Thy will be done,” we mean instead:

“I think X will make me happy, and I trust that if X doesn’t happen, you have a plan that will make me even happier!”

Heavenly Father’s will is for us to be happy, ecstatic even, so trusting His will includes trusting in and looking forward to the happiest possible future :)


I’m updating this post (a week or so later, 12/12/16) after listening to President Uchtdorf’s talk Fourth Floor Last Door from the most recent general conference. These few paragraphs seemed very apropos:

Faith means that we trust not only in God’s wisdom but that we trust also in His love. It means trusting that God loves us perfectly, that everything He does—every blessing He gives and every blessing He, for a time, withholds—is for our eternal happiness.

With this kind of faith, though we may not understand why certain things happen or why certain prayers go unanswered, we can know that in the end everything will make sense. “All things [will] work together for good to them that love God.”

All will be made right. All will be well.

We can be certain that answers will come, and we may be confident that we will not only be content with the answers but we will also be overwhelmed by the grace, mercy, generosity, and love of our Heavenly Father for us, His children.

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