Carolyn a brand new Relief Society President. Ron a recently new Ward clerk in a BYU student ward. Russell a new high council member. Jim continuing to teach seminary. Lani persisting in taking courses, fearful of flunking each one, wailing and moaning, then getting straight A's. She'll soon get her degree. Grandpa and Grandma have no idea how many houses they own or even in which house they currently reside. After a moment of unavoidable rudeness this morning, I asked Grandma if she was going to kick me out. She said, no, I can't afford to hire a housekeeper to replace you. Imagine.
As we think about each of our children and their families, we think about the family and personal history each of you is writing each day with your actions and accomplishments. We hope everyone has a great school year, that you learn lots of multi-syllabic words, that you study hard, and that, in between, you enjoy life as you get ready for the long family years that are ahead of you. You have so much talent and so much ability and you can use these talents and abilities to accomplish so much and help so many other people along the way. Well, I don't usually preach much, but, as my mother used to say, "for heaven's sake just mind your p's and q's." We didn't have to ask what p's and q's were. We knew. And we knew we darn well better mind them and live up to expectations.