Elaine S. Dalton talks about running the marathon of life, staying virtuous

When Sister Elaine S. Dalton started going to marathons, she was there to cheer on her husband and oldest son, who ran his first marathon at 12 years old.

"I was always at the finish line cheering them on," said Sister Dalton, the Young Women general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who authored the recently released book "A Return to Virtue."

When her son Matt went on a mission, she decided it was time to train for and run her first marathon. "It was time to do something hard," she said, as her son was also doing something that wasn't easy — physically or spiritually. In training, she ran with a group of women who agreed that they would discuss ideas — and not people — during their run. They also would discuss their reading of "Jesus the Christ" and the scriptures.

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