Oh the joy of being part of a family
is not like any other that comes to me.
Iíve tried many things, but the joy doesnít last.
They left faded memories or scars in my past.
And so this truth I now share with you;
the joy of a family stays through and through.
Where things you own will come and go
a family is all that will stay, you know.
Yes, things you bought and take such pride in
that bring to your face a smile and a grin
will be gone one day and take their place
among junk, leaving you but an empty space.
Yes, they are junk; on the way to the junk pile.
Theyíve not gotten there yet and so for a while
they bring to your heart both happiness and joy
but you will soon find theyíre only a decoy.
No matter the quality or how much you paid,
that stuff will be gone, so donít you trade
the joy of a family and itís warm embrace
and the lasting smile it puts on your face.
Itís the family that brings a lasting happiness
and moments of joy that seem to be countless.
Memories that are filled with laughs and sighs
and faces smiling bright with joy in their eyes.
So if you want happiness beyond lifeís end,
then listen closely to this truth my friend.
Life will become empty if things are your treasure,
but if familyís your treasure, youíll be happy forever.
"I have spoken these few words unto you all...in the last days of my
and I have chosen the good part, according to the words of the prophet. And I
have none other object save it be the everlasting welfare of your souls.
2 Nephi 2:30
Officer Samuel Jeppsen #3751 (Ret) R# 140, December 8th, 2001