I had the great privilege to hear the general leaders speak to the members of the Relief Society. I ALWAYS look forward to this meeting because it is so uplifting! This year was no different. All the speakers were wonderful but President Uchtdorf’s talk on Forget-Me-Nots was especially enriching. Using the Forget-me-not flower as a metaphor, he told us five very important things we should always remember, or not forget! Here are just a few of the passages that stood out to me!
Forget not to be patient with yourself.
*God is fully aware that you and I are not perfect. And yet we spend so much time and energy comparing ourselves to others—usually comparing our weaknesses to their strengths. This drives us to create expectations for ourselves that are impossible to meet. As a result, we never celebrate our good efforts because they seem to be less than what someone else does.
*Remember also to be compassionate and patient with yourself!
- Forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice.
*Giving up a little sleep to help a child who is having a nightmare is a good sacrifice. We all know this. Staying up all night, jeopardizing our own health, to make the perfect accessory for a daughter’s Sunday outfit may not be such a good sacrifice. Dedicating some of our time to studying the scriptures or preparing to teach a lesson is a good sacrifice. Spending many hours stitching the title of the lesson into homemade pot holders for each member of your class perhaps may not be.
*I’m notorious at doing this! I LOVE to create things, even more I love to create things that will make others happy. Whether it’s cupcakes for one of my kids’ class parties or an extra special handout for Primary I tend to go a bit overboard. It’s not to say that those things aren’t good, but they’re probably not the best in some situations.
- Forget not to be happy now.
*If we spend our days waiting for fabulous roses, we could miss the beauty and wonder of the tiny forget-me-nots that are all around us.This is not to say that we should abandon hope or temper our goals. Never stop striving for the best that is within you. Never stop hoping for all of the righteous desires of your heart. But don’t close your eyes and hearts to the simple and elegant beauties of each day’s ordinary moments that make up a rich, well-lived life.
- Forget not the “why” of the gospel.
*While understanding the “what” and the “how” of the gospel is necessary, the eternal fire and majesty of the gospel springs from the “why.” When we understand why our Heavenly Father has given us this pattern for living, when we remember why we committed to making it a foundational part of our lives, the gospel ceases to become a burden and, instead, becomes a joy and a delight. It becomes precious and sweet. We are Daughters of a King!!!
- Forget not that the Lord loves you.
*Just think of it: You are known and remembered by the most majestic, powerful, and glorious Being in the universe! You are loved by the King of infinite space and everlasting time! He who created and knows the stars knows you and your name—you are the daughters of His kingdom.