To begin with, I would have to admit that I had a wonderful childhood! I was blessed to live in an area with many other members of the church, amazing Young Women and seminary instructors, and so on. Overall, I was happy, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have challenges. Just like any young girl, I (at times) had problems with friends, my self-image and worth, boys, school, you name it. And if you don’t believe me, I have some examples!
- I remember a couple of times when I had best friends who suddenly decided not to be my friend anymore.
- I remember how I didn’t always feel like my outfit was cute enough for school so I would ask my mom to pick me to go change.
- I did the dumbest things to “impress” the boys I liked! One time in 7th grade, I liked a boy who was really into ASU football (or so I heard). I went out and bought a maroon and gold ASU outfit to wear to school the next week even though I didn’t even like ASU or the color yellow, for that matter! I don’t think that one worked out as planned…
- I wore mounds of makeup because I thought the “real” me wasn’t as cute.
I went through many of the same struggles that young women go through. When I reflect on these instances, I realize that so many people (including myself) really don’t know who they are. It’s so easy to get caught up in the high school drama of “who is prettier than who” and “who can run faster than who”, or the social media façade. And this is when my Young Women’s theme really kept me going…I always had that reminder on Sunday that I was a Daughter of God. What does this mean to you?
When we don’t understand who we are, we have a tougher time knowing where we are going in life. Right now, while you are young, it’s the perfect time to figure out this truth for yourself! At such a young age, it’s important to spend your time trying to understand your value. Do you spend 10 minutes a day reading a fashion blog or watching Mormon messages? Do you spend ten minutes thinking about what others think of you, or thinking about what you think of yourself? Do you spend an hour doing your makeup or spend an hour with your siblings? These may seem like simple questions, but when you think about it, ten minutes a day adds up to over 60 hours a year, and 25 days in a 10-year span!! Asking these questions to yourself will help you know who you are becoming, and you give yourself an opportunity to correct your own path.
So I challenge you to ask yourself every day… WHO AM I? Your answer may change day-to-day, but I hope that the statement never does… that “I am a Daughter of God”. My answer to this question TODAY is: I am a baby-loving, family-centered, all natural, authentic Aubrey. And I am a Daughter of God!
I love this gospel. It is the only thing that makes sense in a world of confusion, and I know that as we make the effort to understand ourselves, God will reveal unto us our true potential.