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 someones 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