Different Courses for Different Breeds

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The Wrong Breed

I recently saw a video of a bull mastiff dog “run” a timed obstacle course. (You really should watch it. It’s less than two minutes, and not only is it fun, will help illustrate my point.) The time limit ran out on him. Though a graceful animal, it is obvious this breed is not made to quickly and gracefully complete an obstacle course with its small tunnels and slalom poles that are designed for smaller and quicker breeds.

Does that mean the bull mastiff is an unworthy dog or specimen?

If you know the answer to that is resoundingly NO! then why do we compare ourselves to other breeds? We all have different physical, emotional, and mental characteristics. All of us are designed by heaven to perform certain tasks on earth, and have been given the physical tools to be able to do so.

The Right Breed

Do not disparage yourself because you are different than someone else. Admire that person, and even compliment her for being able to do things you cannot, but do not put yourself down for not being able to do a certain thing or look a certain way.

Elder Holland said, “I plead with you…women to please be more accepting of yourselves, including your body shape and style, with a little less longing to look like someone else. We are all different. Some are tall, and some are short. Some are round, and some are thin. And almost everyone at some time or other wants to be something they are not!

“In terms of preoccupation with self and a fixation on the physical, this is more than social insanity; it is spiritually destructive, and it accounts for much of the unhappiness women, including young women, face in the modern world.”

In other words, if you are an Australian Shepherd, then running quickly through an obstacle course may be the perfect activity for you. Your body and other individual attributes have been uniquely created for you to find and fulfill your unique mission. Do not despair if others around you run that obstacle course better than you do. Just find the obstacle course that’s right for you, then run it well.

Be a woman of Christ. Cherish your esteemed place in the sight of God. He needs you. This Church needs you. The world needs you.
Laura frequently feels like a bull mastiff in an obstacle course created for a chihuaha. And just as bulls don’t belong in china shops, she tries to find the right course made for her particular set of talents.

About the Author:

Laura will be the first to tell you she’s not perfect. That’s why she loves the restored gospel, and loves the atonement.


  1. Heidi April 14, 2017 at 2:44 am

    I love this. I sometimes feel like I’m fumbling my way through certain parts of life, and that’s okay. But it’s like that saying, I shouldn’t compare my challenge areas to other peoples best. Any thoughts on how to teach this in young people? I remember feeling this intensely as a teenager, that others had everything I didn’t. I wish I had spent more time then discovering my strengths rather than wishing I was “another breed.”

    • Laura Pratt April 14, 2017 at 6:24 am

      That’s a great interesting question, about teaching our children how to feel comfortable with themselves. Probably with all things children learn, they’ll pick a lot of it up from what they see their parents do. And as you see their strengths and encourage them in those things they enjoy doing, they’ll discover those strengths for themselves.

      But I’d certainly be interested in seeing what others have to say about this, and their successes.

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