My dear brothers and sisters, my message for you today is that there is a different path than ones of fear and doubt or self-indulgence--a path that brings peace, confidence, and serenity in life. You can’t control all of the circumstances of your life. Things both good and challenging will happen to you that you never expected. However, I declare that you have control of your own happiness. You are the architects of it.
I can still remember these wise words pronounced by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf during the last general conference:
“The older we get, the more we look back and realize that external circumstances don’t really matter or determine our happiness.
“… We determine our happiness.”
No, your happiness is not really the result of the circumstances of your life. It is much more the result of your spiritual vision and the principles upon which you base your life. These principles will bring you happiness regardless of the unexpected challenges and surprises you will inevitably face during your journeys here on earth.