“We humble people, we who sometimes feel ourselves so worthless, so good-for-nothing, we are not so worthless as we think. There is not one of us but what God’s love has been expended upon. There is not one of us that He has not cared for and caressed. There is not one of us that He has not desired to save and that He has not devised means to save. There is not one of us that He has not given His angels charge concerning. We may be insignificant and contemptible in our own eyes…but the truth remains that we are the children of God and that He has actually given his angels—invisible beings of power and might—charge concerning us, and they watch over us and have us in their keeping.”
— George Q. Cannon, Gospel Truth: Discourses and Writings of President George Q. Cannon, sel. Jerreld L. Newquist, 2 vols. , 1:2
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
― Brené Brown
“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”
― Brené Brown
If you are fighting to find the brightness within yourself, there is hope. Sometimes we must heal before we are able to identify our unique beauty, gifts, and talents. If you are experiencing pain, and it is inhibiting your ability to find your true self and experience peace, I encourage you to turn to your ecclesiastical leaders, friends, or a trusted therapist to help break through the barriers that are inhibiting your personal happiness and contentment.
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