Think swan, not ugly duckling, Pres. Uchtdorf says

Like the ugly duckling in the Hans Christian Andersen story, young adults should become aware of who they really are, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf told them during a Church Educational System fireside Sunday evening.

President Uchtdorf, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was the speaker at the fireside originating in the Marriott Center on the Brigham Young University campus. Besides the several thousand college-age young adults attending there, many more participated via the Internet and satellite broadcast in church meetinghouses and other locations throughout the world.

After telling the story of the ugly duckling who ultimately realized he had grown into a beautiful swan, President Uchtdorf told his listeners, "Discovering who we really are is part of this great adventure called life."

To help them make the discovery, he gave answers to some of the questions members in their age group have asked him.

"I'm unhappy and depressed. Sometimes it seems like the world would be a better place if I weren't in it. Why should I go on living?"

President Uchtdorf acknowledged that severe depression and thoughts of suicide are serious matters and those who suffer those things, or know someone who is suffering, should see that help is sought from professionals and church leaders.

But he reminded the young adults that God's purpose for them is that they should have joy in life.

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