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A Tale of Service, Love, and Golden Fingerprints

It was Thursday night when my phone rang.  It was a member of our Stake Presidency.  He told me that Sunday’s keynote speaker had just had an emergency appendectomy.  Therefore, I was being asked to give the keynote address to a multi-stake Primary conference meeting, where at least four hundred people were expected to attend.  I could choose my topic because I would have less than three days to prepare my remarks.

After hanging up the phone, I began feeling extremely panicky about having accepted this assignment.  What I should speak about?  Immediately,  I called my Aunt Ruthie to get her input.  We decided to take my theme from St. Matthew 6:19-21, “—-For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.”

For handouts, I could have huge, red hearts, with a saying, spray-painted with gold paint on each one of them, “To Give Is to Live”.  These hearts could be pinned on each person as they arrived at the door.

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