An Open Letter To My Daughters

My Dear Angels,

There is so much I want to share with you throughout our life together. I hope to have forever together to teach you, comfort you, and support you in all that you do. But if for some reason that opportunity is robbed, and you find yourself fighting through this life without me, there are things I want you to know and never, ever forget. 

First, I know without a doubt that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. There have been many times in my life where I felt confused or alone. I have felt the strong influence of Satan and his unrelenting efforts to deceive me into thinking I can do things on my own. I know he will tempt you with as much vigor, if not more so. Please never stop praying for the protection and strength to resist him and stay close to your Heavenly Father. The scriptures are filled with countless guidance and will significantly strengthen your testimony. Make it a priority to read their inspiring words every day, even if it's just a little. Serve those around you. That is when I have felt the happiest. Attend the temple often. Make sure your marriage is for eternity and that you honor and cherish the covenants you make there. Heavenly Father will never, ever leave you alone. I know this. In my darkest, hardest times, he has been there and has sent help to get me through situations that I thought were hopeless. Never forget who you are and set a good example for those around you. Stay true to the church and live worthily so we can be together forever. 

Be kind to those around you. It is so easy to get caught up in judging those for their choices, but remember, we all make mistakes and we are all perfectly different and imperfect. Heavenly Father loves us all equally. Pray for the ability to see everyone through his eyes. Put yourself in the shoes of those who try your patience and try to see things from their perspective. Always, always be kind and accept everyone for who they are. A little love can go a long way. Be a fierce friend and pray for those who are unkind to you, that you may have the strength to treat them how you would like to be treated and forgive them so you don't carry grudges. 

Always believe in yourself. Practice right now telling yourself that you are capable of anything. My biggest regret in life growing up was that I always doubted myself. I let my insecurities and the judgements of others stop me from achieving what I really wanted. Remember this: no matter how anyone else looks, no matter what anyone else achieves or says or does, it does not diminish you. Realize that you are an amazing person. You were not put on this earth to be ordinary or like anyone else. You were put here to be extraordinary in your own way. Work for what you want. Never give up. Be confident in who you are and what you have to offer. Follow your dreams and don't let anything stand in your way. 

Do what it takes to understand that your personal worth is not determined by outside influences. It doesn't matter how many friends you have. Having lots of money or things won't change whether you are a good person or whether you can do great things. You are still a loved, cherished daughter of God whether or not you have a boyfriend or a husband. Never, never lower your standards just to have a man in your life. Remember that you deserve to be treated like an angel; a special and important daughter of God. You are his choice daughters. Never let anyone treat you otherwise or do anything to diminish that. Choose a husband who makes you feel safe, loved, devoted, and takes good care of you. Look to your dad as a good example of what a righteous and respectable man is like. 

Ignore the media that tells you that you will only be desired if you're thin. Your outward appearance in no way changes whether or not you're a person of worth. I have known incredible, inspiring women who don't care what the world tells them what to look like. The influences they make on others is what everyone remembers and adores about them. Be a good person inside and that's all that matters. Being thin won't be a requirement to get into heaven. Your heart will be judged, not your waist size. 

My precious babes, if for some reason you find yourself in the dark, painful abyss of sin or despair, please remember that you are never alone. Our Savior bled and died to experience the pain you're feeling and he will carry you through it. Your family will never stop loving you and supporting you. Let them in. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I know how impossible it may seem, but this too shall pass. Hold tight to the truths that you have been taught and never give up. 

Never forget that I love you. Being your mother has brought me the most intense form of love that I never even knew existed. You have been and always will be my world. You could never do anything that would compromise my love for you. The joy I experience with you is something I will cherish forever. Stay strong. Be happy. Be kind. Make yourself proud of the life you build. Never doubt who you are. I love you and I'll be your mom forever and I will always be with you. 

With all the love in my heart,
Your mother 

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