I am cautious to the extreme when discussing religion, faith, and belief, particularly in this forum. That said, all of you are aware of the recent passing of LDS Church President Thomas S Monson.
Even as a young boy, I recall hearing him speak. I remember it made me feel confident and resolute. I wanted to believe as he did. I was determined to be a better person, a better Boy Scout, a kinder friend, and even a better and kinder brother to my little sisters. And for about 20 minutes, I was.
The trouble was never in knowing what good turn to do or why it was important to be a better boy. The problem was, and is, selfishness.
I’m convinced now that most, if not all bad stuff happens as a result of somebody being selfish. I learned this important truth from a wonderful upbringing, coupled with far too many examples in the world of selfish behavior. Selfishness is never productive, and it usually means trouble!
Now that I’m older (much older), I am absolutely convinced that selfishness is the overwhelming problem we all face. It’s not just a challenge for little boys and girls. It’s equally applicable for those trying to better moms and better dads. It’s really what keeps us from being better citizens and better people in general.
With this in mind, I promise to work on being less selfish, more giving, and more worthy of the incredible blessings this life has to offer. Won’t you join me?
Mayor David Ogden