Sunday, June 26, 2016


Today I realized that I had no idea where my Young Womanhood Recognition Medallion was. In fact, I am embarrassed to admit, I hadn't worn it for years. At 26 years old, it has been nearly 10 years since I received this necklace. Now, some of you reading might be thinking, "What's the big deal? It's just a necklace." But to me, it was years of Personal Progress that were required to earn this medallion, and although I hadn't worn it for quite some time, the significance behind the necklace was priceless to me. 

So, I did what anyone else in the same situation would do - I went looking. I looked EVERYWHERE. In all the places that it should be, might be, and even the places that it most likely wouldn't be. And... no luck. I knelt down in the deep dark basement - where I was currently looking - and prayed. You know those stories where the little kid prays and then immediately finds what they were looking for? Although that was what I was anticipating...I didn't have such luck. 

The search continued and I looked in what felt like every possible place - again - in my bedroom. Guys... prayers are answered. As you can see in the photo above (spoiler alert, I know), I found my necklace. But, as great as it is that my prayer was answered, that is not the purpose of this post... 

Losing my Young Women Medallion was really upsetting for me. (I cried. Like twice). Finding it was truly an answer to prayer. A prayer that I said over and over throughout the course of my looking. However, LOSING my medallion, was an answer to prayer as well. A prayer that was left unsaid. A prayer that I have never thought to offer. 

For years I have taken this little medallion for granted. Yes, I worked hard to earn it, but for a long time, it was just a pretty necklace. I am sad to admit, but it took me losing the necklace, to appreciate how much it really meant to me. It hit me hard, and I honestly had a huge reality check. It was almost as if Heavenly Father was saying, "Why do you want to find it? It can't be that important to you. You haven't worn or thought about it for years." 

While I know that a loving Heavenly Father would not actually say those things to me, I realized something really important... I have been blessed beyond comprehension. I have knowledge that millions and millions of people around the world may never have the privilege of receiving. I know who I am. I know where I came from. I know why I am here. I know where I am going. I know I will be with my family for eternity. I know I am a daughter of God. He loves me perfectly and He knows me individually. 

How often do I LOSE sight of that knowledge? How often do I LOSE out on blessings because I am simply "too busy" to read my scriptures or pray? How often do I LOSE perspective and understanding of the significant role the gospel plays in my life? 

When I found my Young Women Medallion, I found more than a necklace. I found purpose, significance, and a new determination to never take for granted the blessings of the gospel. An unanticipated answer to a prayer that was left unsaid. 

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