As most of you know, I am father to four sons. This year, the youngest FOMLs celebrated his 12th birthday. For those of you not familiar with the LDS priesthood, young men may be ordained to a preparatory (Aaronic) priesthood at the age of twelve. This is an important beginning of what should become a lifetime of church service.
When my eldest turned 12, a dozen years ago, I knew I wanted to do something special to recognize the birthday, and its accompanying responsibility.