First off, Dieter F. Uchtdorf is one of my favorite people in the world! I love his stories, his character, and view on life.
Last spring, I was in a production called “Happily Forever After”. In the show we had a young girl trying to do her homework and had to write a paper about how Fairy Tales had impacted her life or something to the sort. Her attitude is negative and jaded, as many of us have become in this harsh world that we live in. When her fairy Godmother shows up and turns her perspective around. Teaching her of the valuable lessons that we can all take from Fairy Tales.
From this production I received this wonderful book as a thank you for my participation. What a wonderful treat to have my lesson extended by Elder Uchtdoft as he takes a similar path of teaching.
He goes on to explain how we learn to love the Heroines and Heroes with their strength of character. But that they didn’t become heroes by living perfect lives, but by going through trials and tribulations, facing their fears and giants. That their stories became great stories because of the challenges they faced and how the fought and strove to be valiant in all that they faced, whether big or small.
“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?
“… there must be opposition in all things, for without it we could not discern the sweet from the bitter. 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?
“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.”
Again, fabulous read!!! I only shared one little piece of course, it’s well worth reading the rest! It was a quick and easy read that I finished in one setting. Great to read weakly really – keep things in perspective. 😉 Highly recommend to EVERYONE! Enjoy! 🙂
“In stories, as in life, adversity teaches us things we cannot learn otherwise.”
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