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" she looked at her friend's flowers, she noticed a beautiful golden Chrysanthemum, but was puzzled that it was growing in a dented old rusty bucket. Her friend explained, 'I ran short of pots, and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it wouldn't mind starting in this old pail..just for a little while, until I can put it out in the garden.'"
- Thomas S. Monson

Each and every one of us has short-comings;
some blatantly announcing themselves to the world,
others only obvious to ourselves.
Some physically limiting,
others mentally obstructing.
Whether visible or hidden, they exist.

"Appearances can be so deceiving; such a poor measure of a person"
-Thomas S. Monson

While appearances may allude to factors of inequality,
we are in no position to judge.
As imperfect beings, we all need the atonement.

"Charity is having patience with someone who has let us down; it is resisting the impulse to become offended easily. It is accepting weaknesses and shortcomings. It is accepting people as they truly are. It is looking beyond physical appearances to attributes that will not dim through time. It is resisting the impulse to categorize others." -Thomas S. Monson

As that of the beautiful Chrysanthemum, we all have the eternal potential to become something great.
Our burdens, short-comings and limitations are but temporary.

{Click here and fast forward to 58:00 to listen to this beautiful and uplifting talk from the prophet of our church}


Kell said...

I loved President Monsons talk yesterday. It was captivating.

kelly anne said...

I LOVED that talk yesterday! The whole session was really just beautiful.