I am a Daughter of God

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Erin, and I am a beloved daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, I have a divine nature and destiny. I am a woman, with an individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

My identity, purpose, and destiny will be quite different from yours. It is unique to me and designed by my  Creator. There are no flaws in His plan. It is my duty as an obedient and loving daughter to accept and find joy in His plan for me.

I am 35 years old, and I have never been married, nor do I have children. Many of my greatest desires, including those of wife and mother, have not been given to me (yet?). I have endured many trials – some with more grace than others. I have learned to turn my life over to the Lord and to always be an instrument in His hands. I realized many years ago that the Lord’s Plan for me may not include the opportunity to serve Him with a family, or to raise children or be a wife. But that I have the great opportunity and responsibility to serve the rest of the Lord’s children. I take great joy in finding and discovering the many ways I can serve the Lord and I can have a very fulfilling life.

I have been told by a few too many well meaning individuals that I will be a “ministering angel” in the next life. Or that I lost my husband in the war in heaven. (Do people really think it is somehow flattering or comforting to be told my life will have more meaning when I die??) Which is why the Proclamation brings great comfort to me.

As stated so eloquently in scriptures and in the Proclamation, I do have a divine nature and destiny. If I am to remain single, never to be a mother or wife, it is because that is the way the Lord designed it. My life is still in His hands, and He still has a purpose for me. It is my job to discover what other ways I can serve Him and His children. I am blessed to know that while being a mother and wife is the plan for most, that it isn’t the plan for all. And I can take comfort in that. It is not always easy to accept that the Plan for my life is not as straight-forward and obvious as it is for some, and that I will not be given all that I have so righteously desired. But I trust in the Lord and find joy in my own personal journey.

From author C.S. Lewis, “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what he is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised.

“But presently he starts knocking the house that in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is he up to? The explanation is that he is building quite a different house from the one you thought of-throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards.

“You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but he is building up a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

If you need directions to find your mansion, the answers are in the Proclamation.


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