this is chad.
he spoke in our church's sacrament meeting this past sunday. he also just left on his full time lds mission this week (he's serving in Honduras). the things he said in his talk were simple, yet powerful (which, i think, describes our religion perfectly). he spoke of simple truths. how we can all change. that the atonement of Jesus Christ allows us to be the person we want to be. that the book of mormon is a true book and can help us change. that we are all children of God. that God loves us, no matter what. and we have the power to talk to him whenever we want. the spirit that chad brought into our church meeting was undeniable. i would dare say that every single person in that chapel felt it.
i am so excited for chad. i'm excited for the people of Honduras who get to have this remarkable, steadfast, 18 year old boy share a message with them that will bring them more joy and happiness than they have ever known before. and he will do that. he will help people change their lives. i know he will. he has already done it here, in little ol' ogden, utah. and he will do it there.
chad is a boy who grew up in our neighborhood. i am so proud of that. our kids are going to be so lucky to have people just like chad surrounding them. they are going to be strong, too. just like chad.