Sunday, October 4, 2015

3 Nephi 19:30 -- On Smiling

"And when Jesus had spoken these words he came again unto his disciples; and behold they did pray steadfastly, without ceasing, unto him; and he did smile upon them again; and behold they were white, even as Jesus."
3 Nephi 19:30

To smile upon someone, here and elsewhere in the scriptures, is not only to be happy or pleased, but to bless.  Moses 7:43 talks about the Lord smiling upon the ark of Noah, and Jacob 2:13 talks about how the hand of providence has smiled upon the people so much that they started to get prideful because of their wealth.  In terms of everyday smiling, this is interesting to me.  I think it applies.  When we smile, it can be more than just expressing an emotion.  It can be a blessing to others, to lift and to lighten.  In General Conference yesterday, one of the talks mentioned that we should smile more. It seems like such a small thing, but in terms of making the world a better place, I think it could be huge.  Smiling defuses anger, makes it easier for us to be kind, helps people to know that we mean no harm, and so much more.  It is a universal symbol of happiness and friendship.
Today, let's smile upon the people around us. :)  Let's make the world, and ourselves, a little better. :)

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