I gave a talk at church on the 20th. I was nervous and the last time I gave a talk was about 3 years ago and I was in a very different place in my life. The talk on the 20th was from the last General Conference by Quentin L. Cook titled Let There Be Light!. When I first was told what I would be talking about I thought, "Great! Another talk about how to let your light shine and be that light in a world of darkness" But that's not entirely what I came out thinking after the talk. One of the biggest ideas I came away with was that we should "blackout" our homes from evil...close the curtains, shut the door, and blackout evil. Our homes should be a refuge from those evils. I'm not going to bore you with everything I said in the talk but there are a couple quotes I wanted to put in here:
"Think about the impact [honesty has] on society if youth didn’t cheat in school, if adults were honest in the workplace and were faithful to their marriage vows. For us the concept of basic honesty is grounded in the life and teachings of the Savior."
"The moral foundation of our doctrine can be a beacon light to the world and can be a unifying force for both morality and faith in Jesus Christ. We need to protect our families and be at the forefront together with all people of goodwill in doing everything we can to preserve light, hope, and morality in our communities."
I am glad and grateful for the opportunity to give this talk. I was able to break out of my shell a little bit and talk in front of people...which I do not like to do. I am grateful for the church and the principles it teaches. I am very thankful that families can be together forever. I love my family and I couldn't imagine ever being without them.