“God is the gardener here. He knows what He wants you to be.” —Hugh B. Brown No this isn't pretentiously pious - I'm called to include it so no one really feels hypocritical. We should treasure the warm feeling of community that symbols and rituals evoke.
Mormon Messages: Lessons I Learned as a Boy. President Gordon B. Hinckley recalls a story of an older boy and his young companion as they find an old coat and a badly worn pair of shoes by the roadside.
“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” As we trust in the Lord, any pressure or burden can help smooth out our rough edges and transform us into something brilliant—closer to and more like Him!