Like millions of others, I was up early a couple weeks ago watching the Royal Wedding.
(I should admit, I didn't get up on purpose to watch it, but since I have a baby to feed, I happened to be up and flipped the channel to join in watching.)
I'm so glad I did. It's been in my thoughts ever since.
I was unexpectedly moved by the entire thing. Especially this moment, pictured above, as they were walking out of Westminster Abbey. I was marveling at how happy they looked, and was struck with the thought, "She could be the queen! She was just this ordinary person, and now she could be the queen someday!" I *may* have gotten a little teary-eyed.
I love stories. Love to tell them. Love to read them. And I thought I was emotional because I was seeing the perfect fairy-tale story ending played out in front of me. But on reflection, I've decided that's not where my emotion came from.
The emotion came from the connection I made to this talk given by Elder Uchdorf in the Young Women's General Meeting in April 2010. This quote really stuck out for me:
You are truly royal spirit daughters of Almighty God. You are princesses, destined to become queens. Your own wondrous story has already begun. Your “once upon a time” is now.
Isn't that wonderful? And that was the connection for me. That it wasn't just that this woman halfway around the world has the opportunity to be a queen of a far off land, but that all of us as daughters of our Heavenly Father have that opportunity.
Isn’t it remarkable to know that our eternal Heavenly Father knows you, hears you, watches over you, and loves you with an infinite love? In fact, His love for you is so great that He has granted you this earthly life as a precious gift of “once upon a time,” complete with your own true story of adventure, trial, and opportunities for greatness, nobility, courage, and love. And, most glorious of all, He offers you a gift beyond price and comprehension. Heavenly Father offers to you the greatest gift of all—eternal life—and the opportunity and infinite blessing of your own “happily ever after.”