Three words that describe events that take place in the world today. My heart, along with many of your hearts, has cried out in pain and anguish as I have heard the news reports, read the stories, and seen the pictures that have been plastered on my TV and computers screens. So much heartache. So many lives lost by someone else's hands. So much hatred and evil.
It hurts and I am not one who has been directly affected by these events. I cannot begin to imagine what the families, friends, and other loved ones must be feeling at this time. My prayers are with them as they now try to move forward and heal their hearts one agonizing piece at a time.
So what is my role here? What can I do to combat the hatred? I am only one person living in Utah. I am not a minority and I have not lost a loved one because of hatred and evil. So what, exactly can I do?
I Can Teach.
I can teach my children to not be full of hate.
I can teach my children that
love is powerful,
much more powerful than hate.
I can teach my children that we are ALL sons and daughters of a loving Father in Heaven.
I can teach my children to
turn to God
for the answers and not to the Internet.
I can teach my children that service is the key; that by "forgetting themselves and going to work" [i], they can not only heal hearts around them, but will also be able to heal their own.
I Can Love.
I can love by practicing
what I preach.
I can love by sharing my talents and abilities with others.
I can love by not being part of the problem; by sharing positivity online and not hatred, by not allowing myself to react negatively to every little thing I may disagree with, by realizing that
words have power--
for good and for bad.
I can love by reaching out to those who feel lost and lonely.
What Will I Tell My Kids?
I will tell them that evil and hatred are senseless and that until the Savior comes again, they will exist with us.
I will tell them that they can be part of the solution and not part of the problem by reaching out to others in
love, kindness, and charity.
I will tell them that bad things do happen to good people but that doesn't mean that God has forsaken them.
It just proves to us that God has given us agency. Some people use their agency for good and some do not.
This is why our choices DO matter and the choices that we make do not just affect one person.
Our choices affect many- including our posterity.
I will tell them that God has a plan and that plan is much more grand than just this life here on earth.
We are eternal beings and our earth life is but a tiny speck in the grand scheme of the eternities.
I will tell them that I love them, that I am proud of them and that they are strong, capable, and amazing human beings.
I will tell them that although they are just one person, they can make a difference-- and that difference could be good or bad depending on the choices that they make, but they can and will make a difference in this life.
It is my responsibility to teach my children tolerance, patience, kindness, and love. Then it is up to them to choose whether or not they want to continue practicing those virtues. I have faith that they will and I have faith that everything will be alright in the end.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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