In a recent General Conference address President Uchtdorf explained how the story of 'The Ugly Duckling' relates to all of us. We all have struggles and hard times that come with life. Remembering that we are all children of a loving father in heaven helps us through theses struggles and also helps us to keep things in perspective.
I love the words to a familiar song:
"I am a child of God, And he has sent me here, Has given me an earthly home With parents kind and dear. Lead me, guide me, walk beside me, Help me find the way. Teach me all that I must do To live with him someday."
It is so important to remember our true identity. When others try to tear us down we can rise above it by remembering who we are - very important sons and daughters of our Father in heaven! Trust in the Lord to help you through the hard times in life. Know that as long as you are doing everything in your power to follow Him, and are doing what you know to be right, he will bless you and help you through any hardship that you might face.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf once said, “He is your beloved Heavenly Father, who seeks your good, your happiness. He desires with all the love of a perfect and pure Father that you reach your supernal destination. . . . All you have to do is trust your Heavenly Father. Trust Him enough to follow His plan.”
In Proverbs 3:5 we read: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
I know that as we trust in the Lord he will direct our paths and help us through all the challenges that our lives bring. As we follow Jesus Christ we will find a renewed sense of hope and light in our lives. We will find true happiness and peace. Our Heavenly Father knows each of us individually. He knows our struggles, our pains, our trials, and our hardships. He also knows that we can make it through all of them and overcome them. He has a perfect love for each of us and is carefully watching over us and helping us along the way.