Electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling took time out of her acceptance speech at the 13th Annual SCERA Star Awards to thank God for her success.
“I want to thank my Heavenly Father because step after step that I have taken to try to get to where I’m at today, looking back at it, it’s like, ‘wow, that girl was really lucky or there was someone looking out for her,'” Stirling said. “Because there is no way that I was smart enough to have figured out this really interesting course and make the perfect steps to get to where I’m at today. It was a one in a million chance and somehow I got here and I know it’s because my Heavenly Father has guided and directed my steps and sent angels to help me.”
Stirling continued her speech by sharing why she was nervous the moment she realized she was achieving her goals.
“It made me very scared for a moment because I know that the entertainment industry can be scary and it can be a dark place,” Stirling said. “So I knelt down and I prayed and I told my Heavenly Father that I was going to dedicate myself to being a light and that I was going to do everything I could to try my best. And I’m definitely not perfect. But I have tried my best to stay true to that promise and in return I told Him, ‘Take me wherever you want me to go and I will stay true to the things I have promised you.’ He has blessed me a thousand fold for that promise we have made to each other.”
To close her speech, Stirling gave words of encouragement for others.
“I know that the Lord keeps His promises and He will always guide our steps, maybe not to where we see ourselves being, because I definitely could not have seen this,” Stirling shared, “but He will guide us to where we’re supposed to be.”
Stirling received the 2018 Star Award from the SCERA Theatre, a community theater in Orem, Utah. The Star Award recognizes people who have risen from the community theatre. Before she was selling out concert arenas, Stirling got a break at the SCERA. She performed with local dance groups as backup dancers at the SCERA’s outdoor theatre for “Dancing Under the Stars.”
In the last year, Stirling released her first Christmas album, “Warmer in the Winter,” and finished second on Season 25 of “Dancing With the Stars.” This summer Stirling will tour with Evanescence, a gothic band.