As a family, we are discussing President Nelson's
words in his recent fireside to the youth of the Church:
"Stand out; be different from the world.
You and I know that you are to be a light to the world.
Therefore, the Lord needs you to look like, sound like,
act like, and dress like a true disciple of Jesus Christ.
Yes, you are living in the world, but you have very
different standards from the world to help you avoid the stain of the world.
With the Holy Ghost as your companion, you can see
right through the celebrity culture that has smitten our society.
You can be smarter than previous generations have ever been.
And if you are sometimes called "weird," wear that distinction
as a badge of honor and be happy that your light is shining
brightly in this ever-darkening world!"
It makes me weepy thinking about how amazing my children are.
They try hard, listen, and, most importantly, create a personal relationship with Christ.
They know Him, trust Him, and are on His side.
My job is to keep teaching them about the Savior and loving and nurturing them while creating a warm home
where they can learn and grow and become
"steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works."
I believe that this is the season in my life to focus
everything I am and have on my children;
my time, energy, and effort are for them. They deserve it, and they need it.
And I know I will never look back on my life and wish I hadn't
spent so much time in our home raising the children.
And really, when it all comes down to it,
I think they are pretty fun little people to have around,
(except on Friday evenings from about 5:00-11:30 when
I need alone time with Mr. Nielson).