This Legend has been told for years and years to the Young Women on their final day before they leave to go home:
As you sit recalling the events of a full week, pine trees stretch their branches heavenward around you. The pine tree represents strength and determination and from her virtues we can learn…With each new season this great tree bears fruit in the form of cones nestled in her uppermost branches. These cones drop to the ground and find a home in the soft dirt where the most determined cones will take root.
In time, seedlings begin to show searching for light and nourishment. If the tiny tree is to survive it must grow heavenward and stretch out its branches that it might gather in the suns golden radiance.
When the tree has come into its own among the forest giants it finds that the struggle is not over. Now it must stand tall and straight against the hardest task nature has to offer. Rains beat in Torrents against her, she withstands. Winds bend her branches, she holds firm. Snow weighs down her branches, she combats. Ice splinters through her bark, she resist. From each of nature's trials she received added strength and majesty. As she continually matures she will grow closer to heaven and her branches the stretch to encompass more of the world with its wonders.
This pine tree also will bear pinecones and do her part to fill the forest with more beauty like her own.
The tradition of Brighton is to present you girls with the pinecone that you might parallel your life to that of this beautiful tree. As you mature you must grow toward your Creator, draw near to him that you might receive of his light and knowledge. Stretch your arms out that you might encompass the world and understand your purpose in life. Let your roots go deep that you may stand straight and tall against all of the earth jolts and knocks. As we give to you a special Brighton pinecone our desire is that you will grow.
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