tonight for mutual, we had a back to school dinner.
it was beautiful. most of the girls came. & each of the leaders bore a short testimony about President Uchtdorf's talk, Your Happily Ever After, & back to school advice.
if you haven't read the talk, do it. regardless of your faith, his words are true!
all fairy tales, all "once upon a time" stories, end with "and they lived happily ever after." but between once upon a time & happily ever after, the character faces trials & adversity. trial is part of the journey.
our young women's president gave each of the girls a copy of this quote:
along with this, please remember that you aren't the only one struggling through adversity. we all have trials. & a lot of them aren't visible. no matter how perfect someone's life might seem to be (especially on social media), remember that they have trials, too! so, please work to be slow to judge & quick to love.
your life might not be going the way you planned, but don't ever think that you won't have your happily ever after. heavenly father knows what he is doing, he knows you, & he will make your ending exactly what you need & you will be happier than you ever could've imagined.
"your own wondrous story has already begun. your 'once upon a time' is now."