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Think about it.
I know many of us may not outwardly seem to know our life's purpose and certainly very few of us end up in the history books on the side of good.
But we weren't sent here to be famous. Every. Single. Life. Touches others who touch others, both forward and backward. Much like the ripple of a pond. Not all of us make a "big splash" in the pond of history or of life, but all of us make ripples, some larger, some smaller, that are felt by all.
While Joseph Smith was certainly one of the largest stones dropped in the pond of life in these last days (or perhaps his work rather than being ripples was as the tiny stone cut out of the mountain) there are those around us who may never know Joseph Smith, who may not need Joseph Smith....as much as they need you.
That kind word and gesture can and has kept people from ending their lives. Has helped hold families together when others decided to quit leaving a legacy of divorce and other tragedies that span generations from such a juncture in life. I cannot....describe how important you are. It cannot be written in words here. You've impacted people for good in ways you will never know and which are known most only to those you have done them to.
Most of your worth and goodly influence and value will never even be seen or understood in this life. Least of all by you.
That doesn't come until after this life.
But just as surely as the Lord has created Joseph Smith and set him at the head, and created The Son and set him at the corner...just as they...so has he created you and set you where you are.
For a purpose.
You may not end up in the history books, but again, you don't need to. That isn't what we came for. Even history books are forgotten.
But you will be hailed eternally by those around you who remember you, and your faith - and in many cases, the millions and often billions of lives you affected by your ripples for good that you never knew or never were able to see from where you were in this life.
But we don't do what we do for fame, fortune or renown. If you simply do what you can where you are to the best of your ability, then truly you will accomplish more than you ever imagined was possible in this life. Simply being a good mother, father, husband, wife, daughter, son, cousin, friend...choose one. They are all important. Vital!
If you haven't seen it, this is a movie about a simple man. Turned from a wayward teen into a man who honored his priesthood and by simple faith had an impact that lasted generations and has touched millions down the line after him.
I do not think we ever know when we are in history until well after the fact - at least not what most would consider historic - but I do know each day is what precedes the one that comes after it and each is important. Just as our lives and missions are.
You matter. You are a necessary part of this plan that is far bigger than you or I or even Joseph Smith. And your heavenly father wants you to succeed and find joy in your worth and purpose - which purpose is to become like him and enjoy all that he has beginning right here right now where you are.