Our ‘Once Upon A Time’ Is Now!


There is an old Italian Proverb that says, “After the game, the King and the Pawn go into the same box.”  This proverb teaches us, using Chess as a parallel, that God created us all as equals. No matter how important some people are in this world, how much status they have, or how much money they make, God still loves each one of us the same. When we die and return to Him who created us, we will all go to the same “box” or place to be judged. It won’t matter if we have been a King of a country, the Queen of Sheba, or a lowly pawn in the eyes of the world who spent a lifetime laboring in the most menial of tasks.

In our temples, covenants are made between us and the Lord to consecrate our lives to the building up of the kingdom. In return the Lord covenants to make us Kings and Queens unto Him. In other words, even though we are seen as a “pawn” to men here on earth, our destiny can be one of “changing” from a pawn to a King or Queen. It is a glorious doctrine that should give hope and comfort to anyone who will exercise their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

In April of 2010 Dieter F. Uchtdorf addressed the young women of the church. His message was entitled, “Your Happily Ever After”. His words, although directed at the young women of the church, can be applied to all of us. In his address he said:

“Be strong and of good courage. 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…I leave you my blessing and give you a promise that as you accept and live the values and principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, “[you] will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.” And the day will come when you turn the final pages of your own glorious story; there you will read and experience the fulfillment of those blessed and wonderful words: “And they lived happily ever after.”

I join him in declaring that our journey here on earth can ultimately end in a divine coronation. Indeed, our destiny , no matter our station in life, is to become Kings and Queens unto the most high!

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