Next, I Would Like To Ask My Wife, Laura, To Join Me Here

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Next, I would like to ask my wife, Laura, to join me here at the podium. She can express this next experience much better than I could. Laura’s Dad [Laura talks] I am grateful for just a moment to share with you a meaningful story of finishing in my life. I have to briefly begin at the beginning of my life. I was born to goodly parents just like Nephi. My dad, a Veteran of the Vietnam War and a police officer, saw much of the ugliness the world has to offer. In 1976, he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was five years old. His decision coupled with my desire to know our Heavenly Father would change both of our lives but not at the same time. Life took its toll on my Dad and he found himself outside of the Church…show more content…
One month ago, I sat in the Seattle Temple and watched my Dad serve as an escort to our son as he was married to his sweetheart. As much as I wanted my Dad to be there with me when I was married, my joy was so full that day and it more than made up for his absence twenty-six years ago. How I love my Dad. There is power in finishing, for lack of a better word, the covenants we need to make here in mortality. [Laura ends] Oftentimes, we fail to recognize that it isn’t simply the big things in life that matter. It is also the cumulative effect of consistently finishing the small things that leads to our eternal destiny. Charles A. Hall described the following: “We sow our thoughts, and we reap our actions; we sow our actions, and we reap our habits; we sow our habits, and we reap our characters; we sow our characters, and we reap our destiny” (The Home Book of Quotations, sel. Burton Stevenson, 1934, 845). So it is with finishing. As we decide whether or not we will finish something great or small, and as we act upon those thoughts, and as we develop a habit of finishing, it will ultimately determine our character – one known as a finisher, which will help lead us to our destiny of life eternal. These patterns of finishing, similar to other patterns that we establish in our lives such as daily prayer, scripture study, family home evening, temple attendance, and weekly date night with our spouse, will help

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