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I have always been a sucker for Disney movies, fairy tales, princesses, and happily ever afters. One of my favorite talks is Your Happily Ever After by President Uchtdorf.
Aren’t those wonderful words to begin a story? “Once upon a time” promises something: a story of adventure and romance, a story of princesses and princes. It may include tales of courage, hope, and everlasting love. In many of these stories, nice overcomes mean and good overcomes evil. But perhaps most of all, I love it when we turn to the last page and our eyes reach the final lines and we see the enchanting words “And they lived happily ever after.”
This talk truly captures me and the words touch my heart. I could read it over and over again. I love the message that it shares; that we all have the opportunity to have our own happily ever after.
His love for you is so great that He has granted you this earthly life as a precious gift of “once upon a time,” complete with your own true story of adventure, trial, and opportunities for greatness, nobility, courage, and love. And, most glorious of all, He offers you a gift beyond price and comprehension. Heavenly Father offers to you the greatest gift of all—eternal life—and the opportunity and infinite blessing of your own “happily ever after.”
President Uchtdorf's talk reminded me when I needed it most, that a fairy tale doesn't mean there aren't challenges and trials along your journey. The greatest joy can be experienced after you've worked to get there.
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...
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.
I am living a real life fairy tale, but that doesn't mean that life won't be filled with challenges, or that it was an easy road to get here. But I'm grateful every day for those trials along the way, for the opportunity to learn and grow, and develop the ability to enjoy and appreciate things so much more. The end is always so sweet.
I can't believe I got my prince charming and fairytale. Dreams do come true.