The world may teach us to stop believing in “happily ever afters,” but Heavenly Father has encouraged us to believe otherwise.
As children, we were taught to hope. We believed in happy endings. But as we grew up, hope started to seem juvenile, and happiness felt impossible.
“Happily ever after” became the stuff of fairy tales.
But it doesn’t have to be. In his talk “Your Happily Ever After,” President Dieter F. Uchtdorf reminds us that our very purpose here on earth is to achieve a “happily ever after.” As we meet challenges with courage and humility, we become the heroes of our own life stories.
The phrase “once upon a time” promises adventure, romance, and courage. But no story would be complete without a challenge for the hero. Think back on your favorite fairy tale. The hero—whether a prince or a peasant, a mermaid or a milkman—is always tasked with overcoming adversity. Only when such heroes have done so can they claim their happy ending.
As President Uchtdorf states, “Heavenly Father offers to you the greatest gift of all—eternal life—and the opportunity and infinite blessing of your own ‘happily ever after.’” However, this blessing comes at a price. Just as the hero must triumph over evil, so must we overcome our challenges in order to be worthy of our own happy ending.
We are each on a search for our own “happily ever after.” As President Uchtdorf affirms, “God knows how to get us there!” He has created a way for us, and it is available to all of us. When we put our trust in him and follow the Savior’s teachings, no evil will be so great that we cannot overcome it.
To find out more about claiming your “happily ever after,” read or watch President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s general conference talk “Your Happily Ever After.”
Source: LDS General Conference
—Marian Spencer, Mormon Insights
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I love this article so much! I love the pictures and the message! Everyone wishes they were a prince, princess, or hero. We can get what we need in life through God’s help. Thank you for this article! 🙂
I love this talk. So often in the world we’re told that we shouldn’t hope for happily ever afters or anything even remotely long-lastingly happy. But with the gospel, we can hope for a happy life. Sure, trials come and life is still hard. The gospel doesn’t necessarily always solve our problems or make things better. But the atonement is really what it’s all about–providing a way for us to repent and receive forgiveness and to live again with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, with our families. Thanks for the reminder!