Have you ever seen a rat running around lost inside a maze? The famous Templeton rat from Charlotte’s Web comes to mind. He is pretty much a selfish loser and utterly lost in life. All he thinks about is his next meal. Glutton, greed and boasting resonate within the walls of his maze. His self absorption has him sick and miserable. His unkindliness produces a type of stumbling stone, sadly tripping others as they ultimately loose track of their way, too. We see these kinds of slobbering behaviors within certain celebrities in our society, on social media and in the news. Masses drool over these peeps with an insatiable craving and covetousness and it’s not because they have an ounce of happiness for them, but because they’re jealous. They would give anything to eat from their rich and gluttonous smorgous board!
Many young American girls watched the Royal wedding with an enthusiastic and innocent sense or belief she has a chance to become a real life fairytale princess like Meghan Markel, my daughter being one one them. She is determined to marry the next available prince of England and become royalty. She talks of an available nephew of Prince Harry and William who is close to her age. She is infatuated with all things British: Dodie, Beatles, Harry Potter, Sherlock, and all things Jane Austen. When I told her her odds are 1 in a million, her regal response was as eloquently spoken as if by Lloyd Christmas himself in the movie, Dumb and Dumber, “so you’re telling me there’s a chance”
What are the chances of a guy like you and a girl like me… ending up together?
Not good like one in a hundred?
I’d say more like one in a million.
So you’re telling me there’s a chance?
In truth, the odds are more than 1 in a million. What If every single woman knew she had Royal blood? If she saw herself as the princess Meghan Markel sees herself as now? Would she have the end in mind while looking upon her castle at the end of her happily ever after fairytale? If she did, all of her choices would have a stark difference than those of Templeton. She would have perfect faith and trust in her Royal Heavenly Father as he walks her down the processional isle called life, leading her back home to His castle prepared for her. The sadness and pain the Templeton”ites” experience would be avoided and her destination would be ensured for her near perfect, pain-free exit made sure through prayer, listening to the prophet’s voice and especially knowing that the power of the priesthood has been restored again on earth today through the prophet Joseph Smith.
As I watched the Royal Wedding, I was in awe at the huge amount of people lining the streets in support of the couple on their wedding day as their convoy passed by. My mind reflected upon all the different processionals we as humans conduct in our life time. There are graduations, wedding, and funeral processionals. Each celebrates the individual’s achievements received during specific milestones of their lives. I realized the royals were heading to the castle to live “happily ever after”, and I wondered if the rest of us imagined where our destination would be after our last and final processional in life?
What if ALL young men who posses priesthood power saw themselves as princes who are using their specific keys to actualize royalty within them and women, thus conducting God’s work on earth through His power. These men are equivalent to any Prince Charming or King for that matter. The power to hold these keys has existed as long as man has walked the earth to enable all mankind to be like our Father; exalted and glorified. From the beginning, Adam, Noah, Enoch, Abraham, Moses, Jacob, Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, and the Apostles have held specific keys to guide all people through the maze without fail so they can posses their kingdoms, principalities and dominions in the life to come where they can live with their families for eternity. The thought of loosing even one single little prince or princess causes the soul of a royal to shutter in pain. For this cause, last week, President and Sister Nelson urged all young men and women to enlist in the “Youth Battalion”. This means the prophet has used his keys to put forth one last effort in gathering Israel both for the living and for the dead in our Holy Temples.
“You—my dear extraordinary youth—were sent to earth at this precise time, this most crucial time in the history of the earth, to help gather Israel,” the prophet said. “There is nothing happening on this earth right now that is more important than that. There is nothing of greater consequence. Absolutely nothing. This gathering should mean everything to you. This is the mission for which you were sent to earth.”
Sister Nelson spoke about understanding and fulfilling our individual roles in this great work and reminded us that we choose whether or not we fulfill our mortal missions.
“No one will make us,” she said. “We have our agency to choose how we spend our time and energy, our talents and resources. In fact, what we choose to do is part of our testing. The choice is yours and mine. Will we choose to do whatever it takes to fulfill the wonderful missions for which we were sent to earth?” President and Sister Nelson’s Devotional for Youth: A Call to Enlist and Gather Israel
Every woman is a princess and has God’s DNA within her. Her virtue is the greatest power and gem on planet earth. Through a triangular relationship with God and her spouse, she has the power through these keys to create another human. Without God, there would be no life. Without man there would be no women. Without women, mankind would cease to exist. Without choices in our maze, there would be no happily ever after. Without the sealing powers of the priesthood, there would be no ancestors awaiting us along the path leading to our castle as couples.
“The noblest yearning of the human heart is for a marriage that can endure beyond death. Fidelity to a temple marriage does that. It allows families to be together forever. This goal is glorious. All Church activities, advancements, quorums, and classes are means to the end of an exalted family. To make this goal possible, our Heavenly Father has restored priesthood keys in this dispensation so that essential ordinances in His plan can be performed by proper authority. Heavenly messengers-including John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John, Moses, Elias and Elijah-have participated in that restoration. Elder Russell M. Nelson, “Celestial Marriage” Oct. 2008
To be, or not to be ROYAL, this is the question that I ask of thee? Should you choose Templeton’s path of misery and be lost, or God’s quick and happy exit through our processional maze? God has given us the choice as we progress onward and upward toward the temple on earth and ultimately, our unimaginable castles in heaven as we live happily ever after with all of our Royal family members both past, present and future. I hope we see the royalty and potential within ourselves like my daughter sees within herself so we can recognize it in each other, even within the Templeton”ites”. Then we can help each other navigate through life’s maze; especially those who might be lost inside.