Today was a fairy tale

{picture via Google. From Diter F. Uchtdorf’s talk “Your Happily Ever After“}

“Once Upon a time” a phrase used to describe magical stories of pirates and princesses. A phrase that marks the beginning of adventure. These adventures are usually only prevalent in story books, however with a deeper look, these stories of magic and adventure can be found in the pages of our own lives, if we just take a moment to stop and read.
“In a land far far away” Those tales we all read as children all took place in beautiful places where nature came to life. Trees danced, and waters roared, the birds sang, and the earth lived. These places of beauty seem like paradise when compared to our offices and classrooms, but, if one ever takes a moment to stop, to feel the sunlight on your face, to watch the trees dance in the wind, or to observe the beauty of the flowers they will find that these lands of magic aren’t far from our own homes. God created this land to be just as magical as the ones in books, but humans have destroyed much of this beauty, The greatest way to feel this beauty is to get away from the real world is to simply forget the technology and the stress, and spend time surrounded by nature.
“Lived a prince and a princess” We are all sons and daughters of God. We are sons and daughters of a heavenly king. We are of noble birth and we must always remember our great worth. Every soul is great in the sight of the Lord. We should make all of our decisions with this thought in mind; if we remember that we are princes and princesses we will begin to act like princes and princesses. One day, when we return home to our heavenly king, he will make kings and queens over our own worlds.
“Who met creatures of all kinds” Some creatures will fight with us, while some creatures will fight against us. Some people come into our lives to uplift us, and some come into our lives to tare us down. But whether or not those around us are here to help us or make our job harder, they are placed there to make us stronger. And when it comes time to say good bye to someone in our lives just remember that sometimes people have to leave our life so that others may enter it.
“and faced trial like never before” Some of us will face dragons while others of us will fight bares, yet most of us will fight more deadly creatures disguised as thinks that appear common to man. I believe that the hardest trials are not the ones that can be seen, but the ones that happen inside of us. For some of us it might be cancer, while it might be a battle of self worth, or a hard time making friends for others. Some may face death of loved ones, or the divorce of parents, while some may face depression. But there is something we must all remember; we are all fighting some kind of battle, and you never know how bad a persons battle might be. A terrible battle can look like a happy normal day full of laughter and joy. If we remember this we may think twice about the way we treat others. And if you are the one in the middle of the fight just remember that “God gives his greatest battles to his strongest soldiers.”
“They showed the courage of a lion” In every story there great trials, and in every story the characters must show great courage to overcome these trials. We must be strong, and we must fight. We will face our greatest fears, but the only way to overcome those fears is to face them. Be strong my friend, and you will make it through.
“and tasted the sweet taste of triumph” We have all read countless stories, and in every single one of those stories have you ever read one where the hero failed? If we display courage, and face our fears we will be found victorious. It may not look like it now but you will make it out in the end if you just keep going through the middle. You are strong, you are courageous, you can do it. “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious” -Vince Lombardi
“they remained until their work was finished” If you are still here your work is not finished. You may have fiercer dragons to fight, or bigger battles to win. You may even have a prince out there looking for you. Trust God, and let him guide you in the path you need to follow. He will help you. If you are still here you have work to do, and if it is your time to go, you will find a greater purpose in heaven.
“and they lived happily ever after” Notice how it doesn’t say “The End”. Because unlike the stories in books, our stories don’t end when we finish this life. We don’t close the book when we die, we simply turn the page. This remarkable thing we call life is only small when compared to our entire existence. Don’t fear for the end because there is no end in eternity. Fight your battles, have courage, and one day you might just live “happily ever after”, in a magical kingdom, surrounded by the people you love and who love you.

Feel my Sunlight

p.s. Have you ever cried because a Minotaur died? I have. 

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