Friday, November 12, 2010

"it takes courage to stand strong."

"Sisters, we love you. 
We pray for you. 
Be strong and of good courage. 
You are truly royal spirit daughters of Almighty God. 
You are princesses, destined to become queens. 
Your own wondrous story has already begun. 
Your 'once upon a time' is now."
-President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

this made a lovely visit to my email today.
and when i read it i was so pleased.
why, you ask?
because just this morning before i left for class i looked at the new poster on my wall and thought,
'ashley - remember to be strong and of a good courage.'
that's what i taught every single day for four weeks this summer.
here, and here, and here, and here.
but what i realized is i wasn't there to teach, i was there to learn. 
and i grew this summer.
more than i've ever grown in my whole life.
i didn't even know it was possible.
i learned to have faith, to be courageous, to stand strong.
i learned to trust in the Lord with everything we have because He knows the best way.
i learned to be a daughter of a King and live like it.
and i knew these things before, but i act like it now.
and when it's hard i try to remember to still be strong.
[you should go listen to this.]

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