Thursday, March 20, 2014

Our True Identity

Today you readers are going to do a little activity with me. Yay! (I know, you love it!)

If you want to leave your answers in the comments, that would be great! I know you will help others with your testimony! But if they are too personal to share, then by all means, it had better go in a journal or something. I won't be offended :)

Fill this out in your head or on a piece of paper (or in my comments. That's great too!)

(Alright people, don't quit! I promise this is an uplifting exercise! I'm not trying to be gloomy)

Wait wait! But this post isn't supposed to be gloomy!

Soooo..... What I like/don't like about myself______________________________________________

Names I have called myself in the mirror (keep it PG, kids) _____________________________

What I wish I could be like______________________________________________________

What I would do if I weren't scared_______________________________________________

Now do this part honestly:

Times I have complemented myself today (hard to remember?) ______________________________

Times I have thought negatively about my situation, appearance, skills, gifts, etc today _______________

If you are anything like me (and the rest of the world) then there are a ton of things you would change about yourself, tons of opportunities you hold yourself back from because of fear, little good about you that you see, lots you wish you could have, and there are more negative thoughts about your life than there are positive.

Why is this? It's sad really.

There is so many more uplifting things you can do than point out the wrong in your life. But we do it all the time, self-consciously. When you look in the mirror, give yourself a break! Nobody is perfect!

So, now, wipe all those negative thoughts about yourself away. (Thanks Eliza. You just made me unhappy. Now what am I supposed to do?!) It might take a little work. Need some help? Watch this video: (Please, it is only like 3 minutes long, and I promise it will help change those negative feelings to positive ones)

Okay, that was a tear-jerker. But it is so true! Who has ever felt like the ugly duckling? Like no one loves him/her, like they are unusually large (I am SO there with you, bro) or ugly or untalented. The world taunts you because of your imperfections. But that is because they don't know who we will be.

Heavenly Father sees us as we truly are and who we can become. When you look into the mirror next time, I hope you can see beyond imperfections, and see the true beauty that lies within you.

So try this again:

What I like about myself_____________________________________________________________

What I can do to remind myself of my true worth (like putting a sticky note on the mirror to remind you to not let those criticizing thoughts creep up on you, but that you are a child of God) __________________

What I will do now_________________________________________________________________

Things I am grateful for, reasons I am grateful for being me____________________________________

If I were to meet Uchtdorf, what I would say to him :) ________________________________________

How I can help others realize they are swans________________________________________________

I feel like I use this topic a lot, but I think it is really important. Remember that God made you who you are, that all trials will work together for your good, and that you are a swan. Even if you feel like an ugly duckling, you truly are a swan!!

<3 Eliza


  1. Okay, so I am going to answer my own questions.

    When you are commenting, maybe try to only answer the latter questions, because that way it will keep it positive.

    I am not perfect, but I like it how I look for opportunities to serve people. I am intelligent and diligent. I think I will write a sticky note, maybe put it in my locker. Or wear my Young Women's necklace, that would be a good reminder that I am a daughter of God. Now, I will work on not being so hard on myself. There is no way to be perfect, and everyone has weaknesses, so I just need to trust Heavenly Father and be nicer to myself. I am grateful for my family. If I met Uchtdorf, I would give him a huge hug.

    I guess writing this post is a way I can help people know they are swans, but other than that, I will not judge others, and try to complement atleast one person everyday.

    Now I want to hear from YOU!

  2. What I like about myself? I like my hair (most of the time). I love that I know how to make jewelry and have a pretty good sense of fashion. I love being a daughter of God :)

    What I can/will do to help myself remember my true worth? Well, my CTR rings are a good reminder, and I have a phone alarm set to go off every morning and every evening to remind me to pray. If I put a sticky note someplace, I'll soon become accustomed to seeing it, so I don't know if that's an effective way for me to go. Good question, I need to think on this one and then take action on it.

    Things I am grateful for? That I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I'm so very grateful that Heavenly Father cares enough about me, one person in several billion, to orchestrate events by prompting people to lead me to convert.

    Oh my goodness, what would I do if I met Uchtdorf?? I have no idea!! That would be awesome tho!

    How can I help others realize they are swans? I post about individual worth a lot too, so that's one way :) I can do the same on my twitter account! I have like three followers, so not many people will see it, but I can do my best :)

    <3 Marie-Rose

  3. If I were to meet Uchtdorf, what I would say to him? Probably freak out a little bit on the inside, because, he is UCHTDORF, after all. Then maybe I'd say "Ich freue mich auf Generalkonferenz!"

  4. I love this post, and let tell you, I needed it more than you'll ever know. Thank you so much for writing!!!

    Something that has always helped me is imagining what the Savior would say to me if he came to visit. Would he tell me my hair was crazy or my nose was too fat? Would he make fun of my pant size or call me stupid? NO. So, if I'm really trying to be like Jesus, then I shouldn't either. Christ is full of mercy, love, and compassion. I'm working really hard to be like that, too right now. Thank you for writing this post and reminding me that that principle applies to how I treat myself, too. You are amazing, Eliza!