1. A story of his grandfather. When he was a 10 year old boy, he and his brothers were saving some abandoned lambs and on their way back (by horseback) they were caught in a horrible snow storm that left them stranded. They were able to start a fire but were running out of wood, so the older brothers went to fetch some. The fire kept dwindling and dwindling and this 10 year old boy knew that if the light went out all would be lost--no warmth, the brothers wouldn't be able to find their way--so he did everything he could to keep it alive. A metaphor for keeping our light shining!
2. A quote from his mother-- you find your self esteem through serving others.
I also enjoyed hearing Gordon Smith speak--former senator of Oregon--he serves in our church over our area, so I have been able to interact with him a lot, and I am a big fan.
Here we are together:
I love when an event leaves me feeling uplifted. I was happy to be a part of it.