disappointed? yes. defeated? absolutely not!

March 30, 2010


My friend and I had a good chat last night
about this whole "crush" situation,
(I'm making such a big deal about it, I know-
I'm at fault for being a drama queen sometimes)
but I felt inspired when she shared this with me:

"In most languages there exists a phrase as magical and full of promise as perhaps any in the world — "Once upon a time," said President Dieter F. Uchtdorf during the General Young Women Meeting on March 27. Those words "promise 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...In that story, the main character may be a princess or a peasant; she might be a mermaid or a milk maid, a ruler or a servant," he said. "You will find one thing all have in common — they must overcome adversity."
Sandwiched between their "Once upon a time," and "Happily ever after," they experienced hard times, he said.
'"In stories as in life, adversity teaches us things we cannot learn otherwise. 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."

"You will suffer, be tempted and make mistakes. You will learn for yourself what every heroine has learned: through overcoming challenges comes growth and strength. It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself that determines how your life's story will develop."

"Happily ever after" is not something just found in fairy tales. "You can have it. It is available for you. But you must follow your Heavenly Father's map."

Boy oh boy,
do I wish I would have been able to see the whole thing,
because I already love it so much!
(and if you're interested,
you can read the news article online here)

My favorite part (which I all-too-easily identify with)
was when he explained,
"Was I disappointed? Yes. Was I defeated?
Absolutely not!"


Well, President Uchtdorf, you stole the words right out of my mouth!
Have I been disappointed so far? Perhaps slightly,
but I have not (I repeat) have not been defeated just yet;
And these words especially excited
(slash motivated, slash determined, slash encouraged)
me for my class tomorrow with the boy that I just can't seem to stop thinking about...

and clearly,
can't stop talking about, either.

photo via.

10 comments:

Mary Cee said...

President Uchtdorf is the greatest! Thanks for posting this talk, I am definitely going to go and read the whole thing. This post was incredibly encouraging! Thanks!

Sara said...

I will not be defeated!

Brittany said...

I feel the same. Disappointed, not defeated. Do you ever amaze yourself with your strength? I think we are so capable. And I really think you are a neat lady. My mom and my sister both told me how much I would love this talk! I'm so excited to read it out now.

Jessica Lynn said...

I was forced to watch this because I was in Cali with people much younger than me. This talk was so good. I cannot wait to have the entire thing in my hands. President Uchtdorf is so wise. I'm glad you discovered it.

Oh also I feel the EXACT same way. Sometimes i even feel defeated...but I need to remember that there is still hope yet.

Jessica Lynn said...

I was forced to watch this because I was in Cali with people much younger than me. This talk was so good. I cannot wait to have the entire thing in my hands. President Uchtdorf is so wise. I'm glad you discovered it.

Oh also I feel the EXACT same way. Sometimes i even feel defeated...but I need to remember that there is still hope yet.

brittany barney said...

rock on sister. this is an amazing post. and an amazing perspective. put it in the Lords hands, and it'll all work out for your good.
alma 37: 35-37

loves
britt

ps, lunch? please!

Mandy said...

I've felt crushes like that before.
In fact, when I first met Kevin.
I wanted more than anything for him to fall desperately in love with me. I wanted it more than anything, it consumed my thoughts. Don't be disappointed, things work out.

Call me! Let's talk about it.
love you.

and p.s. yes! I did see you driving haha it made me happy.

brittany barney said...

yes next tuesday is fabulous. and great luck tonight. although, i dont think you need it. you know what youre doing:) and you are the cutest darn thing to walk byu's campus.
so much love!
britt

oh and i buy most things at anthro, DI, craigs list and jacob and i re-do them, oh and jacob, picked him up on the corner.

Sara said...

Yes, yes, it's sugar sammy!

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

You are too cute. &I really want to go find this talk now! I just love Uchtdorf and I can just see him telling this in his accent :)
--&all will work out with you &the world of boys! Enjoy the fun parts like getting cute cause you know he is going to be seeing you!

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