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The gospel offers us the unmatched gifts of peace, happiness, and joy, but sometimes these promises seem elusive and unattainable. In his familiar, warm style, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve outlines the truths we need to understand and embrace to live a life of peace, happiness, and joy. He covers such important topics as developing a godly character, The gospel offers us the unmatched gifts of peace, happiness, and joy, but sometimes these promises seem elusive and unattainable. In his familiar, warm style, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve outlines the truths we need to understand and embrace to live a life of peace, happiness, and joy. He covers such important topics as developing a godly character, receiving and responding to heavenly guidance, repenting of our sins, loving others, and learning to cope with what seems unfair. Using insightful stories and examples, Elder Scott mentors the reader while at the same time he teaches with profound apostolic counsel. If we will trust in the Lord's promises and accept the gifts he offers us, if we are obedient to his commandments, then we too can fulfill the scriptural declaration, "Men are, that they might have joy."


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The gospel offers us the unmatched gifts of peace, happiness, and joy, but sometimes these promises seem elusive and unattainable. In his familiar, warm style, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve outlines the truths we need to understand and embrace to live a life of peace, happiness, and joy. He covers such important topics as developing a godly character, The gospel offers us the unmatched gifts of peace, happiness, and joy, but sometimes these promises seem elusive and unattainable. In his familiar, warm style, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve outlines the truths we need to understand and embrace to live a life of peace, happiness, and joy. He covers such important topics as developing a godly character, receiving and responding to heavenly guidance, repenting of our sins, loving others, and learning to cope with what seems unfair. Using insightful stories and examples, Elder Scott mentors the reader while at the same time he teaches with profound apostolic counsel. If we will trust in the Lord's promises and accept the gifts he offers us, if we are obedient to his commandments, then we too can fulfill the scriptural declaration, "Men are, that they might have joy."

30 review for Finding Peace, Happiness, and Joy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Ever since finishing this book, I've been recommending it to all of my friends and many of my clients. It's one of the best Church books I've read. Elder Scott's only book, it is an uplifting, spiritual feast. In this book is distilled a lifetime of knowledge, personal insight, and experience. I especially love the many personal experiences he shares. Very touching, motivating, humbling, and faith-building. I had a hard time putting it down and, when I was finished, was sad that the journey was Ever since finishing this book, I've been recommending it to all of my friends and many of my clients. It's one of the best Church books I've read. Elder Scott's only book, it is an uplifting, spiritual feast. In this book is distilled a lifetime of knowledge, personal insight, and experience. I especially love the many personal experiences he shares. Very touching, motivating, humbling, and faith-building. I had a hard time putting it down and, when I was finished, was sad that the journey was over!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    Have you ever wished that you could sit and talk to an apostle one on one about the things that really concern you? That's how you'll feel when you read this book. The truth is that peace, happiness, and joy are available to all of us if we learn how to live for it and receive it when it comes. When you read this book, free your mind and open your heart and you will learn more than you ever thought. Have you ever wished that you could sit and talk to an apostle one on one about the things that really concern you? That's how you'll feel when you read this book. The truth is that peace, happiness, and joy are available to all of us if we learn how to live for it and receive it when it comes. When you read this book, free your mind and open your heart and you will learn more than you ever thought.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I listened to this on CD so it's possible that on quotes, I may have made small errors...but typically I listened to the quote at least twice to try to get it correct. One insight that I hadn't heard or understood before: In Doctrine and Covenants 50: 22 it says, "Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another and both are edified and rejoice together." Elder Scott explained that understanding refers specifically to the words spoken aloud in the class. Edification ref I listened to this on CD so it's possible that on quotes, I may have made small errors...but typically I listened to the quote at least twice to try to get it correct. One insight that I hadn't heard or understood before: In Doctrine and Covenants 50: 22 it says, "Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another and both are edified and rejoice together." Elder Scott explained that understanding refers specifically to the words spoken aloud in the class. Edification refers to the words spoken to the individual by the Holy Ghost, the personalized message that the Lord wants them to receive. Encouraging participation allows the Holy Ghost to better edify the participant AND helps the teacher's words to be better understood and retained. *I knew that both of these things can happen when we teach by the spirit, but I'd never heard or exactly understood the differentiation between understanding and edifying. He also referred to D&C 9 where it talks about a stupor of thought and a burning of the bosom. He described a stupor of thought as being the feeling you get when others are trying to persuade you to participate in something that you absolutely know is wrong...that feeling of confusion, discomfort, even disgust. You won't actually forget what you had been praying for, but it is a sign that you should forget about acting in that way or following that course because it is wrong. He described the burning in the bosom feeling to be the feeling you get when you know it is time for you to bear your testimony...that may feel different to different people but that is what the burning of the bosom feels like. I like this quote from David O. McKay that he shared: "Every person who lives in this world wields an influence, whether for good or for evil. It is not what he says alone, it is not alone what he does. It is what he is. Every man, every person radiates what he or she is. Every person is a recipient of radiation. The Savior was conscious of that. Whenever he came into the presence of an individual, he sensed that radiation—whether it was the woman of Samaria with her past life; whether it was the woman who was to be stoned or the men who were to stone her; whether it was the statesman, Nicodemus, or one of the lepers. He was conscious of the radiation from the individual. And to a degree so are you, and so am I. It is what we are and what we radiate that affects the people around us." He said something like...All success in life can be measured by how completely you are able to do the Lord's will for you. Perhaps my very favorite quote: "To the degree that our service is motivated by "want to" or "get to" desires rather than "have to" compulsions, we will find joy." Brigham Young said (and Elder Scott quoted): "God never bestows upon his people superior blessings without a severe trial to prove them." It is what you do and what you think about that determines who you are and who you are becoming. He gave some great insights on studying the scriptures and also on expressing gratitude. I really loved the letter he shared from a father to his daughter serving a mission. I love this story he shared: The highlands of Guatemala is an area of extreme poverty and subsistence living where it takes a year of preparation and great sacrifice to travel to the temple. They must save money, sew clothing, and make a long journey. A highland woman entered the temple...and spent 20 minutes with her head bowed, crying. When a temple worker asked if she could help the woman, the woman replied gratefully, "Oh yes, could you?" She then replied that she had been praying to express her gratitude to her Heavenly Father but she didn't feel like she had adequately expressed how she felt. She asked if the temple worker could help her tell God that she was so thankful for all that she had. (Why is it sometimes hard for me to feel that type of gratitude when I have so much?) He compared us to a symphony. (Some of this might just have been what I took from it, my own thoughts, and not totally from his analogy but the analogy has been a very powerful one for me. I hope I am not in any way misrepresenting what he said.) In a symphony there is a conductor and the conductor knows the piece of music very well. He is guiding each instrument, each player, to come in at the right time, to perform his/her piece correctly, etc. The conductor understands how all of the different instruments work together to create this beautiful music. God is like that conductor. He knows exactly what we need to be doing and how to guide us. In addition, hearing just a violin or just a flute is beautiful, but it's even more beautiful when these instruments play in harmony to create the magnificent whole. Similarly, each of us has our own unique purpose, our own unique contribution to make. We wouldn't want to leave out a section of instruments in the symphony, they are all necessary to create the best music. So, too, each of us...with our unique talents and gifts combine to make this world a better place and to bless others' lives in a specific and necessary way. I also really liked how he would teach concepts and then would distill all the counsel into specific statements of principle. Here are most of those statements of principle. (As I listened to this on CD, I may have missed a few. I did my very best to get the statements correct but may have made small errors in wording.) Following these principles will allow us to find peace, happiness, and joy. "Throughout the remainder of my life I will consistently strive to learn by what I hear, see and feel. I will write down the important things I learn and I will do them." "The challenges we face, the growth experiences we encounter should be like temporary scenes played out on a stage of continuing peace and happiness."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I always love and appreciate listening to audiobooks that are read by the author, especially religious books. Elder Scott truly was a gentle giant.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    This book truly gives you the eternal perspective on our Heavenly Fathers Plan of Happiness and Satans desire to destroy it through getting to us. Richard G. Scott is an eloquent and powerful writer. His words make you truly think. I had to take notes so i wouldnt forget. He shares some very personal, touching experiences that make me feel such a bond with him. Like he is right here talking with me rather than writing a book. Its a book that wonderfully paints the steps to having joy and peace i This book truly gives you the eternal perspective on our Heavenly Fathers Plan of Happiness and Satans desire to destroy it through getting to us. Richard G. Scott is an eloquent and powerful writer. His words make you truly think. I had to take notes so i wouldnt forget. He shares some very personal, touching experiences that make me feel such a bond with him. Like he is right here talking with me rather than writing a book. Its a book that wonderfully paints the steps to having joy and peace in this world.

  6. 4 out of 5

    LaSchelle

    A great workbook to help you realize how much God loves you. If offers so much hope and wonderful ideas to help lead a better, more fulfilling life. I loved how honest and open he was. I felt like I was sitting down with a grandfather and having a fireside chat where he wanted to pour out all his life wisdom.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Josi

    This is an amazing book, packed full of sometimes-overwhelming reminders of how true peace, happiness and Joy can be found. I've been reading it here and there for, oh, about a year. This is an amazing book, packed full of sometimes-overwhelming reminders of how true peace, happiness and Joy can be found. I've been reading it here and there for, oh, about a year.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I don't usually read this type of book, and it took me a long time to get through it, but it had so many gems, that there are parts I will continue to go back to! Highly recommend! I don't usually read this type of book, and it took me a long time to get through it, but it had so many gems, that there are parts I will continue to go back to! Highly recommend!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ren

    I admire this man so much. He lived and died testifying that Christ is our Savior. And he was so keen on helping people figure out their own relationship with the Savior.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    When he was alive, Richard G. Scott was always one of my favorite conference speakers, so I was looking forward to his book. The same warmth and sense of genuine concern and caring that I loved while he was alive shone through brilliantly on every page. This book contained lots of new material and wasn't just a compilation of past addresses as so many doctrinal books seem to be. He showed sincere care as he addressed specific, vulnerable groups, such as those struggling with mental illness, thos When he was alive, Richard G. Scott was always one of my favorite conference speakers, so I was looking forward to his book. The same warmth and sense of genuine concern and caring that I loved while he was alive shone through brilliantly on every page. This book contained lots of new material and wasn't just a compilation of past addresses as so many doctrinal books seem to be. He showed sincere care as he addressed specific, vulnerable groups, such as those struggling with mental illness, those with eating disorders, past and present victims of abuse, those who are dealing with loss, and those who have suffered and continue to struggle in any way. Though nothing in the book was earth-shattering, there was a lot of original thought, and much for me to contemplate going forward. I particularly enjoyed his emphasis on Christ-centered mediation and on focused affirmations, both practices that have helped me find peace in my life. I hope to revisit this book again and again as a valuable resource for a better life. Here are some of my favorite quotes: "Each of us needs to periodically check our bearings and confirm that we are on course. Sometime soon you may benefit from taking a personal inventory in a quiet place, noting how well you know and are following the will of the Lord in your life ... Find a retreat of peace and quiet where periodically you can ponder and let the Lord establish the direction of your life." "Spirituality yields two fruits. The first is inspiration to know what to do. The second is power--the power of God or the capacity to do what one has been instructed to accomplish." "Revelation will probably never come unless it is desired. I think few people receive revelations while lounging on a couch ... I believe most revelations would come when a man is on his tip toes, reaching as high as he can for something which he knows he needs, and then there bursts upon him the answers to his problems." (Actually a quote by Spencer W. Kimball) "Once, I saw a sheet of paper that had thirty-seven suggestions of what a mother should do or should be. I thought, a woman does not need that guilt trip. Tear it up. Just be your best selves." (I love this) "Knowledge, carefully recorded, is knowledge, available in time of need." "Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses, applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more. He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding, and compassion. Such testing will polish you for your everlasting benefit." "Discover how a clean, neat, quiet place can enhance spiritual direction in your life." "Don't judge yourself by what you understand of your potential. Trust in the Lord and what He can do with your dedicated heart and willing mind." "Order your life more effectively, and eliminate trivial and meaningless details and activity; they waste the perishable, fixed, and limited resources of time. Choose to emphasize those matters that have eternal consequence." "Rationalization would lead you down blind alleys. It can take you from the path of happiness, because it distorts your understanding of truth." "Do not be overcome by concentrating solely on today, its challenges, difficulties, and opportunities ... so as to consume your life ... weave into your soul, the recognition that your life now is a part of a much bigger plan the Lord has for you."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    My sister gave this book to me a few months ago. I've been reading it in pieces and finally finished it. I've found I tend to take longer to read when I'm reading what I feel are deep, challenging subjects. This was definitely one such book - presenting what was, for me, wonderful spiritual challenges and advice. Richard Scott served as a member of the quorum of twelve apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. All of the apostles are frequent speakers and also have opportunity My sister gave this book to me a few months ago. I've been reading it in pieces and finally finished it. I've found I tend to take longer to read when I'm reading what I feel are deep, challenging subjects. This was definitely one such book - presenting what was, for me, wonderful spiritual challenges and advice. Richard Scott served as a member of the quorum of twelve apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. All of the apostles are frequent speakers and also have opportunity to publish books. Some publish lots, some a few or not at all. Richard Scott falls into the 'few' category with this one being his only book. It seemed to me as if he were trying to distill into written form a summary of the important concepts he had learned during his time in trying seek after and serve the Lord. He tried to not just present his own experiences, although certainly there is some of that, but tried to set down general principles that could be more generally used by everyone. The early sections on seeking after the Holy Ghost were especially excellent for me but I can see other sections providing equally treasured advice at different points in my life. I highly recommend this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Skye

    If you are looking for another self help book to just tell you all the amazing things about yourself and validate that you are just fine the way you are, this isn’t the book for you. This book truly gives patterns and ideas of things we can do to find peace, happiness, and joy. That often includes bettering ourselves and disciplining ourselves in righteous ways. It often includes putting off the natural man and working with the Lord to spiritually stretch ourselves and our capacity. In other wor If you are looking for another self help book to just tell you all the amazing things about yourself and validate that you are just fine the way you are, this isn’t the book for you. This book truly gives patterns and ideas of things we can do to find peace, happiness, and joy. That often includes bettering ourselves and disciplining ourselves in righteous ways. It often includes putting off the natural man and working with the Lord to spiritually stretch ourselves and our capacity. In other words, it often requires work. Elder Scott does a marvelous job of mapping out the things in life that will provide more peace, happiness and joy. He gives us excellent patterns and ideas to create more holy habits to bring the Spirit of the Lord into our lives. I really loved this book. I feel motivated to make better goals and continue trying to bring myself closer to the Lord. I’m grateful that this book was straight forward, and that the author did not sugar coat the truth. I definitely recommend this to those that are searching to truly better themselves.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    I loved the content of this book! Great ideas and principles for finding peace and happiness. I had a difficult time following the structure of the book, which seemed to weave back on itself regularly. Still, this was a great read/listen.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Elder Scott is one of my favorite apostles. I listened to the audiobook and loved listening to him speak. He shares his thoughts humbly and sincerely. Some anecdotes have been shared before but it was interesting to hear his perspectives on many different topics.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gregory

    I liked it, lots of good insight

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    I Loved this book. I love the author. I found this book worth the read, but it has its dry spells.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Inspiring; and when you listen to it on CD, it's like receiving counsel directly from the an Apostle of the Lord. Inspiring; and when you listen to it on CD, it's like receiving counsel directly from the an Apostle of the Lord.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    Reading this book is like being tutored by an apostle of the Lord. Definitely worth reading and rereading several times.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Denice

    I listened to this book over a couple of years. Read by the writer himself. So sweet and uplifting.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jason Burt

    A very heart felt book from Elder Scott of things he learned throughout his life that helped him find peace and happiness. Love reading the personal writings of the prophets and apostles!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daryl

    I was very touched by this book. It was very realistic and easy to understand and found simply ways that I could improve and make my life more meaningful.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dail Allen

    Excellent book that helps much with personal revelation

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I loved this.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Meyers

    I didn't care for the first half (just took a long time to get into it and through it), but the last half was incredible. It was nice to get to know Elder Scott better. I didn't care for the first half (just took a long time to get into it and through it), but the last half was incredible. It was nice to get to know Elder Scott better.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Several years ago, during my freshman year of college I went with a group of friends to see Richard G. Scott speak at a fireside. At the end of his talk, we walked down to the front of the arena to stand in a long line of students eager to shake his hand. I will never forget the experience of having Elder Scott, radiating with light, grasp my hand and look directly into my eyes. As he did so it felt like he was staring straight into my soul. I’ve experienced similar soul-piercing feelings time a Several years ago, during my freshman year of college I went with a group of friends to see Richard G. Scott speak at a fireside. At the end of his talk, we walked down to the front of the arena to stand in a long line of students eager to shake his hand. I will never forget the experience of having Elder Scott, radiating with light, grasp my hand and look directly into my eyes. As he did so it felt like he was staring straight into my soul. I’ve experienced similar soul-piercing feelings time and again while reading his book Finding Peace, Happiness and Joy. It has taken me a year, probably longer, to get through this entire book, mostly because I keep reading backwards and re-visiting chapters (particularly chapter 7). I’ve also had to interrupt my reading several times to write quotes and insights down in my notebook. Aside from scripture, this is the only church book I’ve read that applies to me so directly and personally. This book has been a lifeline to me during many challenges, some I have since overcome, and others which are a constant work in progress. Although I’ve finally read it cover to cover, I know I won’t leave it alone. It’s impossible to digest all the great doctrine in here during just one reading.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Teryl

    So this book surely took me forever! I think a big reason for that is my own short comings and weaknesses. I have a hard time reading intently about things I could improve on. As this book is full of doctrines and principles that make you a better, more Christlike person, there were lots of things I found myself lacking in. I think Elder Scott was going for that, though. It was very evident that he wanted to help all of his readers to be better, to improve, and to be happier. He did not try and So this book surely took me forever! I think a big reason for that is my own short comings and weaknesses. I have a hard time reading intently about things I could improve on. As this book is full of doctrines and principles that make you a better, more Christlike person, there were lots of things I found myself lacking in. I think Elder Scott was going for that, though. It was very evident that he wanted to help all of his readers to be better, to improve, and to be happier. He did not try and pander to the reader, instead he tried to clearly explain principles and doctrines. I appreciate his strong desire to help others and his desire to follow the principles of the gospel. I especially found the letter from the father to his missionary incredibly insightful. I also greatly appreciated the story he shares about how he dealt with the high stress working environment he had at one point. At times I think repetition is employed to help the reader better learn and understand principles and concepts. This teaching method makes sense as I have heard that repetition helps learning. After reading this book, I am greatly reminded that I could definitely be more relentless in the pursuit of doing all that is right in life through revelation and seeking after Christ.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    The book was a little long, which made me want to give it 4.5 stars. But I love Elder Scott's style and found so many awesome nuggets of wisdom in this book! Here are some that really stood out to me: "Your Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son love you perfectly. They would not require you to experience a moment more of difficulty than is absolutely needed for your personal benefit or that of those you love." "...an understanding Lord is personally aware of our needs and will give us help to the The book was a little long, which made me want to give it 4.5 stars. But I love Elder Scott's style and found so many awesome nuggets of wisdom in this book! Here are some that really stood out to me: "Your Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son love you perfectly. They would not require you to experience a moment more of difficulty than is absolutely needed for your personal benefit or that of those you love." "...an understanding Lord is personally aware of our needs and will give us help to the degree we permit it by exercising faith in Him and by being obedient to His commandments. He has assured us: 'Let your hearts be comforted...; for all flesh is in mine hands; be still and know that I am God.'" "In order to qualify to be led more powerfully by the Spirit I must: Respond immediately to an impression of the Spirit Exercise faith in Jesus Christ Be diligent in keeping the commandments of the Lord Seek the will of the Lord and obey it Serve the Lord and His children Unwearyingly declare the word of the Lord Not fear Forget myself" I would definitely recommend reading this book! Who doesn't want to find more happiness and peace?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is the kind of book you wish you could remember every little piece of counsel given to guide you every minute of your life. The counsel given is priceless from one of our apostles. It's as though he has dropped barriers and allowed the reader to see directly into his mind and heart. What an amazing man Elder Scott is. I appreciated this book from the standpoint that I felt I was being taught by a wiser, older mentor--a personal guide. I cherish the concepts in this book and by beginning to This is the kind of book you wish you could remember every little piece of counsel given to guide you every minute of your life. The counsel given is priceless from one of our apostles. It's as though he has dropped barriers and allowed the reader to see directly into his mind and heart. What an amazing man Elder Scott is. I appreciated this book from the standpoint that I felt I was being taught by a wiser, older mentor--a personal guide. I cherish the concepts in this book and by beginning to more fully operate under the principles taught, I have begun to experience more of what the title offers. Who doesn't desire more peace, joy, and happiness in their life? These emotions are the depth of what every human heart and soul desires! I felt the strength and power in Elder Scott's teachings and am so grateful for the recommendation to read it. This is a book that will stay near my bedside where I keep all of my favorites.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    This book by Elder Scott is one of the top 10 I have ever had the chance to read. Not just read, but pour over, ponder, pray, write in, and eventually change my life for the better. It has added great depth and insight into life and what I can do to have it be more fulfilling. His kind, loving, voice is in the background of my mind as I read the principles listed within. There were times in the past where I was figuratively in the "ER" and this book has been the tool, written by one with great e This book by Elder Scott is one of the top 10 I have ever had the chance to read. Not just read, but pour over, ponder, pray, write in, and eventually change my life for the better. It has added great depth and insight into life and what I can do to have it be more fulfilling. His kind, loving, voice is in the background of my mind as I read the principles listed within. There were times in the past where I was figuratively in the "ER" and this book has been the tool, written by one with great experience that was there to save me. Please read it and pass it along to others who will glean use from it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    LDS Apostle Richard G. Scott shares insights about how to find lasting peace and joy in this life. With his characteristic directness, he writes as though he's having a one-on-one conversation with the reader. He addresses various reasons for having a lack of joy and peace, shares insights and stories from his own life, and encourages readers to seek personal revelation to get specific guidance for how to find the peace and joy they need. This book was very insightful and I really enjoyed the per LDS Apostle Richard G. Scott shares insights about how to find lasting peace and joy in this life. With his characteristic directness, he writes as though he's having a one-on-one conversation with the reader. He addresses various reasons for having a lack of joy and peace, shares insights and stories from his own life, and encourages readers to seek personal revelation to get specific guidance for how to find the peace and joy they need. This book was very insightful and I really enjoyed the personal stories Elder Scott shared, including his own mistakes and shortcomings. This was really an inspiring book.

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