Cinderella: The Principle of Compensation
Cinderella is a timeless classic. But perhaps there is something more to this fairytale that rings eternally true to our hearts.
If anyone has an unfair life, it’s Cinderella. She is kind, patient, loving, humble, hard-working, and longsuffering. And yet, she is left alone to be bossed about by her evil stepmother and two awful stepsisters. It seems to be the last thing she deserves.
Yet every single one of us can relate to Cinderella’s predicament. Not because we all have an evil stepmother, but because we have all experienced a time when life is simply not fair. No matter how benevolent, kind, or patient we may be, life will never be perfect for us. People will always do and say things that hurt us. We live in a fallen, and sometimes very cruel world.
But the story of Cinderella can teach us something about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
On the evening of the ball, when Cinderella feels that all hope is lost, her fairy godmother appears. She makes things right, restoring Cinderella’s hope and making her dreams possible. Everything is made perfect—from Cinderella’s sparkling gown to her dainty glass slippers.
This analogy, of course, must be made very carefully. I am not suggesting that the Savior is a fairy godmother that comes to solve all of our problems with the wave of a wand. But I do believe that the restoring and perfecting of Cinderella’s hopes and dreams is very symbolic of what the Savior can do for us. As we endure to the end and obey the commandments He has so lovingly given us, He will bless us.
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In Preach My Gospel, we learn that “all that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.” This, of course, does not mean that we will get everything we want. It does not mean that everything will be made right today, or even tomorrow or next week. But it does mean that someday, because of His infinite Atoning sacrifice, all of the pain and unfairness we experience as mortals will be made up.
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin called this concept the principle of compensation. As he explained in his final conference talk, "Come What May and Love It,"
“The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in His own way. While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude.”
Truly, it is the Savior that makes all “happily ever afters” possible.