Eternal happiness is a concept that I find is difficult for some of us to understand. We think we are truly happy in this life (and maybe we are, in some ways), but because of the choices we are making, we are sacrificing eternal blessings that could be ours. Drinking alcohol may make someone happy now, but it prevents that person from entering the temple and making covenants with God so that their family can be together forever.
Elder Scott said in his talk, "Don’t give up what you most want in life for something you think you want now."
This is my own personal struggle today--giving up something now in order to secure blessings in the future. Sometimes it is hard to push aside the things that seem important "now" for things that are eternal, but it is so essential to our happiness! I know that I am happier when I put aside the things of "now" for the things of the future.
Yesterday I thought that getting some tasks done was more important than studying the scriptures more fully or spending time with my kids--was I right? Probably not. In fact, I know it was not the right choice because of how I felt afterward. I did not feel fulfilled, but felt emptier. I missed out on far greater things (playing with my children, the chance to make my husband laugh, learning more about our Savior's plan of happiness) because I was selfishly trying to accomplish things that didn't matter.
Don’t give up what you most want in life for something you think you want now. I'm living by this from now on.
What can you give up "now" to get what you want most in life?