And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.
Many of us don't commit what we would call "major" sins but we often commit sins we may or may not be aware of that WILL affect our happiness. Here are some things that we can use to evaluate ourselves: Do I have pride, envy, judging, small lies, anger, resentment, bitterness, not supporting and sustaining church leaders (often times would go along with pride), being down on yourself, etc...
So, if we are ever feeling down we can do a small evaluation to see if there is something in our lives that needs to be repented of and changed. Sometimes we may not see it. If this is the case we can go to the Lord and ask if He will show us where we need to improve so that we can live a happier life (see Ether 12:27). He is always more than happy to show us where improvement can be made.
Poem: By Catherine Doherty
There is the deep stuff inside, where
you have to go and cleanse you soul
and your heart of all that accumulated
junk through the years. Go into your
heart and you'll see... thousands of
things: envy, jealousy-a lot of things.
Think of your soul as a room, a room
that you are making ready for God, and
if you knew that God was coming, you
certainly would wash and clean and
scrub. Do it now...
And as you come out of it, a great joy
will previal in you.