Divine Nature LDS Ministering Printable: Pineapple Quote
Pineapple is the fruit of summer! So for August, I decided to put together a pineapple Divine Nature LDS Ministering Printable. A fun little twist on the “wear a crown” pineapple printable, this includes a quote from Sister Elaine S. Dalton reminding us of our divine heritage. This is also perfect for sharing as a Activity Day or young woman’s printable!
“Each of you has inherited a royal birthright. Each of you has a divine heritage. You are literally the royal daughters of our Father in Heaven. Each of you was born to be a queen.”
Download Pineapple Divine Nature LDS Ministering Printable (PDF includes the set at 3 to a sheet)
I put the Divine Nature LDS Ministering Printable with some cute little pineapple cups, perfect for sipping by the pool! Even if you only have a kiddie pool like me…
Sister Dalton was speaking to the young women as the Young Women General President, but I also share it here because I think that understanding our divine nature is important for all of us, not just young women. Especially when we are older and we are busy taking care of others and nobody stops to tell us how special we are anymore.
But I think that some of this is by design. Not that we shouldn’t cheer each other on, but that as we mature we need to know who we are not because people tell us, but because we have a personal and strong relationship with our Savior.
When we are younger, we are still learning to fill our own oil lamps. We need lots of support and people cheering us on. But at some point, we have to learn how to fill our own lamps and teach others how to fill theirs.
Sister Dalton shares the story of the son of King Louis XVI of France and his firm understanding of who he was. She said, “As a young man, he was kidnapped by evil men who had dethroned his father, the king. These men knew that if they could destroy him morally, he would not be heir to the throne. For six months they subjected him to every vile thing life had to offer, and yet he never yielded under pressure. This puzzled his captors, and after doing everything they could think of, they asked him why he had such great moral strength. His reply was simple. He said, ‘I cannot do what you ask, for I was born to be a king.’”
I love this because in the palace he would have been surrounded by reminders of his royalty, but in his trials, amongst temptations, and out in the world those reminders of royalty would be much more subtle and internal. He would have to dig deep and constantly reinforce who he was. As women, I believe we have to do the same. We carry so many difficult burdens, we need constant reminders through prayer, gospel study, and service to lift our heads high and remember that we are royal.
Sister Dalton goes on to tell about when she was at BYU and got a chance to meet President David O. McKay and his wife in their home. After President McKay finished talking to the youth in the room, Sister Dalton said, “He leaned back in his chair and reached for his wife’s hand and said, ‘Now, young women, I would like you to meet my queen.’ There seated next to him was his wife, Emma Ray McKay. Although she did not wear a crown of sparkling diamonds, nor was she seated on a throne, I knew she was a true queen. Her white hair was her crown, and her pure eyes sparkled like jewels. As President and Sister McKay spoke of their family and their life together, their intertwined hands spoke volumes about their love. Joy radiated from their faces. Hers was a beauty that cannot be purchased. It came from years of seeking the best gifts, becoming well educated, seeking knowledge by study and also by faith. It came from years of hard work, of faithfully enduring trials with optimism, trust, strength, and courage. It came from her unwavering devotion and fidelity to her husband, her family, and the Lord.”
Sister Dalton says, “I was reminded of my divine identity, and I learned about what I now call ‘deep beauty’—the kind of beauty that shines from the inside out. It is the kind of beauty that cannot be painted on, surgically created, or purchased. It is the kind of beauty that doesn’t wash off. It is spiritual attractiveness. Deep beauty springs from virtue. It is the beauty of being chaste and morally clean. It is the kind of beauty that you see in the eyes of virtuous women like your mother and grandmother. It is a beauty that is earned through faith, repentance, and honoring covenants.”
Don’t ever get distracted or disheartened! Remember you were “born to be a queen.” Don’t forget to be a pineapple! Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.
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