On October 12, 2012 Liahonna Larsen was in New York City attending a world-class University and interning at one of the funniest political comedy shows on the air, but what she desired more than anything was to please God. As a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she knew that as a woman of God she had a special divinely appointed calling, one more important than any selfish desire she could harbor in her heart. She wanted to be an on-air correspondant on the show she worked for, but she also knew “the possible dangers when the word self is militantly placed before other words like fulfillment.”–Neal A. Maxwell (of the Presidency of the Seventy)
She knew that such enlightened men as the living Prophet, Seer, and Revelator Thomas S. Monson and the many other Lord’s anointed leaders were called by God himself to reveal his truth and that they would never lead her astray. As President Monson said, she must “believe, obey and endure” whatever the Church told her and cherish her esteemed place in the sight of God.
On a trip home to her native Utah, her prayers were answered and Heavenly Father called her apart to fulfill her purpose here on earth as a wife and mother (hopefully soon!) in Zion. He promised her that her eternal companion, Brother Bobister, would lead her righteously in the power of the priesthood, take her to the temple, and someday pull her through the veil to reign in glory side by side as God and Goddess in worlds without end. What a promise! So she gave up her dream to be an on-air correspondant, to live the life God laid out for her. This young woman of God knows that, “For you to fully claim Heavenly Father’s blessings and protection, you must stay true to the standards of the gospel of Jesus Christ and not slavishly follow the whims of fads and fashions. Our standards are not socially negotiable.” — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.