2 Nephi 2:11 For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.
I have a testimony of this scripture. I've seen it at work so many times in my life, that I can't deny that it is true. Whenever there has been difficulty or misery in my life, there has always been good and happiness.
And there is no place on this earth that embodies that opposition more for me than Logan, Utah.
As I'm preparing this morning to go perform "Children Will Listen" as part of the Time Out for Women event in Logan, Utah tonight, I'm a little nervous. I'll be facing a lot of ghosts of my former self as I go to Logan. Hundreds of hard, sad days in that place.
But so, so many good days. And so many good memories.
When I got divorced, I remember looking back on the seven years that I was married and wondering how my life would be different if I hadn't gotten married in the first place. Would I be in New York? Would I be married to someone else? If I could go back, would I do things differently? I specifically thought of the days I spent in Logan early in my marriage. So sad. So lonely. So confused.
But as I thought of Logan, I immediately knew that I wouldn't do things differently. Because trading those years I was married for a different reality would mean I wouldn't have any of the joy that came to me in Logan. I wouldn't have any of the friends I made in Logan. And I couldn't imagine my life without them.
So, as I am performing tonight at the Kent Concert Hall, I'm not going to be thinking of the sad times. I will be thinking of the wonderful times I spent singing with my dearest friends on that stage. I love you, Chamber Singer friends. I adore all of you - particularly Rebecca, Michelle, Patti, Mike, Leah, and Gene. Thank you for bringing so much joy to me at that time in my life, and for continuing to bring light into my life.