“I never said it would be easy. I only said it would be worth it.”
Don’t waste your time looking for the scriptural reference, because Jesus never said it. What? How can that be? I can purchase this lovely picture and quote at Deseret Book – that makes it doctrine, right?
Nope. He never said it. Either part. I wonder how He feels about being misquoted. Actually, He did say something almost exactly opposite. That it could be easy.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
So, as a service to you, I decided to try and figure out where the saying actually came from. There are several possibilities.
1) It is taken from a much larger quote – author unknown:
‘I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it. I never said there wouldn’t be tears, I just promised to be there if there was. I never said it would be true love, I only said you’d know if it was. I never promised it would be forever, I only said to love unconditionally and generously with no recognition of time. I never said to hold on at all costs, I only said one day you’d have to let go and be free. I never said you’d get the rainbow without getting through the rain, I only said the sun is always brighter than the storm. I never said you wouldn’t cry, or feel like your heart had died. I never said you wouldn’t change inside. And if I had, I’d have lied…”
2) It was said by Mae West. Yup. That Mae West. (Makes you wonder how many LDS homes display Mae West quotes.)
attributes the quote to her on their website. (link here)
3) The internet Q&A website ChaCha said that it was Moroni quoting Malachi. (here)
Oops! At least they know who Moroni and Malachi are! Funny how even ChaCha associates the quote with the LDS Church.
Since the search has been somewhat inconclusive. If any of you have absolute knowledge of where this quote came from, let me know. I just no it is being misquoted all over the Church.
I’ll admit, whether Jesus or Mae West said it, it is a reassuring thought. Especially when trying to get through a bumpy night.