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.