Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Happily Ever After

If you need a little boost at all today... check out this video called Happily Ever After

It is seriously adorable. Especially minute 1:45 onward.

I love the song in the video. I may or may not play it every time I am in my car. ;) It is so uplifting and puts me in such a good mood. 

My favorite excerpt from President Uchtdorf's  talk is below...

For a moment, think back about your favorite fairy tale. In that story the main character may be a princess or a peasant; she might be a mermaid or a milkmaid, a ruler or a servant. You will find one thing all have in common: they must overcome adversity.
Cinderella has to endure her wicked stepmother and evil stepsisters. She is compelled to suffer long hours of servitude and ridicule.
In “Beauty and the Beast,” Belle becomes a captive to a frightful-looking beast in order to save her father. She sacrifices her home and family, all she holds dear, to spend several months in the beast’s castle.
In the tale “Rumpelstiltskin,” a poor miller promises the king that his daughter can spin straw into gold. The king immediately sends for her and locks her in a room with a mound of straw and a spinning wheel. Later in the story she faces the danger of losing her firstborn child unless she can guess the name of the magical creature who helped her in this impossible task.
In each of these stories, Cinderella, Belle, and the miller’s daughter have to experience sadness and trial before they can reach their “happily ever after.” Think about it. Has there ever been a person who did not have to go through his or her own dark valley of temptation, trial, and sorrow?
Sandwiched between their “once upon a time” and “happily ever after,” they all had to experience great adversity. Why must all experience sadness and tragedy? Why could we not simply live in bliss and peace, each day filled with wonder, joy, and love?
The scriptures tell us there must be opposition in all things, for without it we could not discern the sweet from the bitter. 2 Would the marathon runner feel the triumph of finishing the race had she not felt the pain of the hours of pushing against her limits? Would the pianist feel the joy of mastering an intricate sonata without the painstaking hours of practice?
In stories, as in life, adversity teaches us things we cannot learn otherwise. Adversity helps to develop a depth of character that comes in no other way. Our loving Heavenly Father has set us in a world filled with challenges and trials so that we, through opposition, can learn wisdom, become stronger, and experience joy.

I had a great conversation with a friend the other day about some challenges she has. I didn't begin to list off my challenges or worse challenges of others I knew... I just listened... and then later in the day I sent her this talk. It has an incredible message. One that I wish I remembered more often.  

I don't have any intense personal trials... but I am hoping that if I prepare now, and have the chorus to this song stuck in my head, when harder times come... I'll remember their purpose and see the bigger picture. 

If I don't, someone make sure to email me this post :)

Happy Tuesday!

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