Yesterday we had the opportunity to gather as a family and remember Mimi. I can’t believe it’s been two years since she left us for heaven. Because of that, I’m going to break from my “prayer” list today and just talk about the impact of your family’s legacy. Unlike many of your friends, I don’t know if you’ve ever stopped to consider what you’ve been given just because you were born into our family. Both sets of your grandparents have never been divorced. Neither have your aunts and uncles. Do you know how rare that is these days? You can even go back to your great-grandparents and great-great grandparents and discover that when they married, they married for life.


I hope this legacy will continue with both of you as you begin to consider your future and the possibilities of beginning a family someday. Whomever you choose for your wife or husband, make sure they are ready to commit to you for the rest of their life. Marriage is hard work and will stretch you more than you can imagine. You’ll learn how to serve someone, love someone when they aren’t loveable and commit that you will never leave no matter what happens. The whole “for better or worse” may seem like simple vows that are recited during a ceremony, but it takes great courage and determination to follow through with that commitment.


And since neither of you are at that particular point in life, you can remember that you have a heavenly Father who also makes a commitment to never leave you. Deut. 31: 8 says, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

By the way–the photo is of your great-great-great grandparents! Your great-grandmother Steanson is the little girl on the left.