Last week we visited the beach with my in-laws while they were in town and recently the beaches have all been covered in hundreds.. okay probably more like MILLIONS… of smooth stones. We decided to take a walk along the water’s edge when I noticed that there were a great deal of beautiful white stones scattered among the gray and multicolored rocks. They were so beautiful, I couldn’t help but pick up a few. As I did I thought about how incredible it was that all of these rocks were smooth, no rough edges at all! I got to thinking about how this is what the Atonement does in our life!
As rocks are smashed into other rocks, sharp edges are broken off and start to dull. As rocks are rolled through the water and on the shore the sand acts as sand paper, this abrasion slowly grinds away the rough edges and exterior of the rocks. The waves crash the rocks onto the shore and as the rocks roll back and forth they continue to become more and more smooth.
We in turn, are like these rocks and this life is like the ocean. We are pushed around by waves, we are beaten down, we are scraped, smashed, and breaking into pieces constantly. Our rough edges are constantly being shaved down by the trials and challenges we are called to bear. Rocks do not become smooth in a day or two, it is a long process. Likewise, our trials may seem eternal, like there is no end in sight, but we should remember that we are not called to bear these things alone. Our Savior came to this Earth and suffered our pains, our trials, our weaknesses, and our sins so He would be able to provide us with comfort and strength during difficult times.
This is what I wanted to share with my young women, these amazing girls who are at a trying and difficult time in their lives. They are so beautiful, but women tend to be so hard on themselves! I saved a beautiful rock for each of them and write them a letter including scriptures about the Atonement and my love for them. I thought I’d package up the rocks as a cute little Easter surprise! You can download the letter here to read or use!
I dropped them off to their homes the other night and immediately I started getting texts of love and appreciation from them! I’m glad they felt the message of love! In case you missed the link earlier, here is the word document of the letter I wrote to the girls. Feel free to use it as it is, change it to fit your needs, or just use it as a kickboard for your own parable! 🙂
EASTER LETTER 2017