This blog post is the second installment of a 3-part series that I am calling “Be A Pineapple: Stand Tall, Wear A Crown, and Be Sweet.” Each installment will be posted monthly, for 3 months.
Wear A Crown
The top of a pineapple is called a crown. It points to the sky and sits nicely atop that sweet smelling fruit!
In this part of my 3-part series, I want to talk about what it means to “wear a crown” like a pineapple.
It doesn’t mean to go out and buy yourself a diamond-studded crown and wear it around town. (Although that would be fun!) It doesn’t have anything to do with your social status! It has everything to do with your divinity and your divine royalty.
London, England, is where the “royals” reside. You know, Buckingham Palace, the queen, Prince Harry? Their royalty is all about their bloodline and lineage. I’ll be honest, I’m not that impressed with the hype surrounding the “royals.” One thing that does impress me and excite me is that each of us comes from a royal lineage! We are each a literal daughter of a King! We have a loving Father in Heaven who has crowned each of us as royalty.
There is a beautiful song that talks about HOW we are all daughter of a king:
“Daughter Of A King”
“I will stand among the faithful, my testimony lighting the way.
I’ll be a witness of and walk the path of Christ today.
I gaze up towards heaven, and my soul begins to sing.
Heavenly Father loves me; I’m the daughter of a king.”
Just as the song explains, if we know that our brother, the Prince of Peace, Christ himself, died for us, then we should have faith that we are Heavenly Father’s daughters. He loves us THAT much, to send his perfect son, a prince, to die for us. We must be pretty important to Him.
Sister Elaine Dalton is one of my favorite speakers. She gave a talk that reminded me of my divine royalty! She said, “We are daughters of our Heavenly Father. He loves us, and we love Him.
When I was attending Brigham Young University, I learned what it truly means to be a queen. I was given a unique opportunity, along with a small group of other students, to meet the prophet, President David O. McKay. I was told to wear my best dress and to be ready to travel early the next morning to Huntsville, Utah, to the home of the prophet. I will never forget the experience I had. As soon as we entered the home, I felt the spirit which filled that home. We were seated in the prophet’s living room, surrounding him. President McKay had on a white suit, and seated next to him was his wife.
“After we had finished, he leaned back in his chair and reached for his wife’s hand and said, “Now, young women, I would like you to meet my queen.” There seated next to him was his wife, Emma Ray McKay. Although she did not wear a crown of sparkling diamonds, nor was she seated on a throne, I knew she was a true queen. Her white hair was her crown, and her pure eyes sparkled like jewels. As President and Sister McKay spoke of their family and their life together, their intertwined hands spoke volumes about their love. Joy radiated from their faces. Hers was a beauty that cannot be purchased. It came from years of seeking the best gifts, becoming well educated, seeking knowledge by study and also by faith. It came from years of hard work, of faithfully enduring trials with optimism, trust, strength, and courage. It came from her unwavering devotion and fidelity to her husband, her family, and the Lord. . .“Behold. . . . thou art an elect lady, whom I have called.” “Walk in the paths of virtue. . . . Lay aside the things of [the] world. . . . Cleave unto the covenants which thou hast made. . . . Keep my commandments continually, and a crown of righteousness thou shalt receive.” (Remember Who You Are” Elaine Dalton)
So my dear friends, be a pineapple and wear your crown with confidence! You ARE a daughter of a king!