Who Was I?




I was preparing an activity for the young women, ages 16-18, at my church last week.  I got the idea on line somewhere–probably Pinterest.  You share a short biography of a woman that has led an exemplary, abundant life.  The girls then pretend that they are 80 years old looking back at their life  and write about it.  I chose to highlight Marjorie Pay Hinckley, wife of Gordon B. Hinckley.  I have read several of her little books, books by her daughter Virginia H. Pearce, articles about her, and I have read Pres. Hinckley’s biography and learned a lot about her there.  Included in the biographical sketch that I shared were several of her favorite quotes.  The following has now become one of mine, as well.  It certainly speaks to my soul on what kind of woman I would like to be.  I hope you feel Marjorie’s spirit as you read and ponder this.  Have a wonderful Sunday!

“I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.  I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to Scout Camp.  I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor’s children.  I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden.  I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.  I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.”–Marjorie Pay Hinckley


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